News and Events

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



Eastleigh Borough Council has started an engagement process that will finish on 19 November with local people to help the Council gain a better understanding of what they value and feel is most important to them within their community and the new communities which will develop over the coming years.
Entitled, ‘Shaping your community’ the initiative is part of the local plan process and will involve a wide range of audiences from in and around the borough including residents, businesses, local groups, agencies, organisations and local councils.

Whilst the Council is continuing to collect all the evidence for its emerging plan, it is also encouraging views from local people about what’s important for the future of your community. These results will all be collated and considered alongside the wider plan.


Council Leader Keith House said, “We want to find out what local people think are important to them in their communities. This is not just about housing, but about roads and traffic, schools and doctors, parks and open spaces, jobs and more. It’s important that local people get involved in helping to shape their community and we encourage them to give us their views.”


For more information about the engagement process and to complete a simple survey visit our

'Shaping your community' page:

There will also be an opportunity to provide views on the details of the local plan during a formal consultation period in 2018.



We are looking for volunteers to visit local lonely people once a week. Expenses paid | Support given.


Email me on: for further details.





Come along on Tuesday 17 October 10am - 2pm


Lakeside Centre, Lakeside Country park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE


No obligation, just refreshments and information.


Session includes:

How can healthcare groups, professinals refer clients / patients?

How to be invovled as a visitor?


Loneliness is an easily preventable killer


Phone: 02380 902400




On behalf of Hedge End Bowling Club, may I thank all of the local businesses, members of the public and last but not least, the members of HEBC. Through their generous support a sum of £1,234.00 pounds has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity so many of us hold close to our hearts.


For the last 3 years over £1,000 per year has been raised, which makes members of Hedge End Bowling Club immensely proud and rightly so.


Brian Bartlett


Hedge End Bowling Club

Performing Arts Company presents...



23 - 25 November 2017 at The Berry Theatre


A traditional family pantomime suitable for all ages. The script has been updated with new twists and turns along the way and Belle's two outrageous sisters ensure a side-splitting and action packed show.

Some of the songs featured are A Thousand Years, The River of Dreams, Best Day of my Life, Sisters are doing it for Themselves and Human.

Evening and Saturday Matinee Performances

Box Office: 02380 652333
Tickets: Adults £12 (Concessions £10)



Where: Turnpike Pavilion Turnpike Way Hedge End SO30 4RR
When: Wednesday mornings
Time: Session 1 - 10:30 for children 12 months to 4yrs; 
Session 2 - 11:30 for babies from 3 months to 12 months.


I am thrilled to be launching Monkey Music in Hedge End at the lovely Turnpike Pavilion on Wednesdays during term time!

My name is Paula Taylor-Williams and as a primary school teacher, musician, and mother, I’ve had a life-long passion for the importance of music in early-learning. So, when I came across Monkey Music, I was thrilled!

At the heart of Monkey Music is a high quality, progressive and educational music curriculum that supports every aspect of a young child’s development. By captivating babies, toddlers and pre-school children with a winning combination of original and traditional songs, gentle dances, fascinating sounds, amazing instruments and colourful props, the children are so busy having fun that they don’t notice how much they’re learning!

I would love to welcome you and your little one to our classes this autumn!

Contact Paula to book a complimentary class: 01489 565443


When: Saturday 4th November 2017 10.30am to

Where: Hedge End Methodist Church, St Johns Road, S030 4AG


  • Plants (Perennials, Winter Planters, Potted Bulbs,)
  • Books and Toys
  • Potty Peggy's Crafts. - for more details see
  • Refreshments
  • Craft Stall.
  • Cards
  • Cakes and Preserves
  • Raffle and Tombola
  • Christmas Plates and Gifts
  • Beaded Gifts




When: Saturday 25 November - 10am onwards

Where: St John's Church, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4DU


  • Homemade Cakes
  • Homemade Produce
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Crafts
  • Toys & much more...


Light refreshments and lunches available | Floral arragements in church for the festive season.




Saturday 9 December 2017


2.30pm & 7.30pm


Hedge End Village Hall, SO30 4AF


Tickets: £7 (Concessions £5; Under 5s go free) including refreshments.

Available from The Flower Garden, Upper Northam Rd, Hedge End or Tel: 01489 781836






For further details please contact Luby or Dill at the Lifeline Office.


Phone: 02380 902416/7



Hedge End Town Council has teamed up with Tennis Coach
Josh Gook, to provided summer long coaching sessions at our Woodhouse Lane tennis courts in Hedge End.... 


Coaching is available for every age! 


Sessions can be booked online:


Call: 07902 124323






Upcoming Police Surgery Dates

Please feel free to pop down on the below dates to receive free crime prevention booklets/leaflets, door stickers, crime prevention advice or just a friendly chat...

Salvation Army Church - 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, SO30 2GL

All Tuesdays 1000-1100 am 13 June, 11 July, 23 August, 17 September, 17 October, 14 November 2017


Botley Church, High Street, Botley, SO30 2EA
All Thursdays 1000-1100 am - 15 June, 13 July, 21 September, 19 October, 16 November 2017


Neighbourhood Policing Team
Hampshire Constabulary
Hedge End Police Station
St.John’s Road,

Hedge End,

SO30 6AF



SAIL (Support and Advice for Independent Living) team at 'The You Trust' are operating a Drop In

at The Underhill Centre, St Johns Church in Hedge End every Tuesday from 12.30pm till 2.30pm.


The Drop In is free at point of contact and available to everyone without a referral.


Our support worker can offer support and advice on matters from managing bills, understanding correspondence, housing, employment and accessing the local community and services as well as signposting to other organisations. 


Telephone Advice is available from Monday to Friday between 9am—5pm by calling 0330 822 0282.
Drop-in sessions offer support and advice with any daily issues which might be affecting your independence, health or well-being.

What can we help you with?
Problems with your housing.
Welfare benefit checks.
Managing your money.
Budgeting for daily living.
Getting in touch with health services.
Issues with drugs and alcohol.
How to manage your medication.
Finding a job.
Finding a training course.
Using telecare or assistive technology.
Finding interesting things to do in your local area.
Meeting new people and finding friends.


How to get in touch:
Anyone can refer themselves to SAIL.
Just call: 0330 822 0282


This service is run by:
Charity Number: 291489
Web Address:



We are starting a new dementia cafe called The Strawberry Cafe in the d.@rt Centre at Wildern School.

Upcoming sessions: Tuesday 14 December from 9.45am-11am.

The club is for people living with dementia and their carers to take part in activities in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

The cafe is drop in and free to all, light refreshments will be provided.


The d.@rt Centre,
Wildern Lane 
Hedge End
SO30 4EJ

For more information contact Suzanne Watson on 01489 779 471  or



Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary:


Dear Sir or madam,
I am pleased to announce that the Hedge End Library beat surgery will be continuing in 2017. Please feel free to pop down on the below dates to receive free crime prevention booklets/leaflets, door stickers, crime prevention advice or just a friendly chat.

Come and talk to us on the first Thursday of every month in 2017! Between 1400hrs-1500hrs:

  • Thursday 2nd November
  • Thursday 7th December

11 Upper Northam Road, Southampton SO30 4DY


This is a great opportunity for me to listen to your opinions in the community and help solve problems that are affecting you. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind Regards,
PCSO Christopher Rutter



Could you spare the time to drive an elderly resident to a medical appointment?


Drivers urgently needed - no minimum time.


Group is friendly and supportive... 


Make a difference. 


For more information, please call 0330 448 842


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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



Drivers required to take Hedge End clients to medical appointments... 


The drivers are an essential part of the Good Neighbours scheme. They are a group of volunteers who can assist the group on days and times to suit themselves. There is no minimum time that the group would expect the driver to do. The co-ordinator will contact the driver after receiving a telephone call from a client and will not be offended if they are unable to assist. 


The trips maybe to local appointments in the area or to hospital appointments. Expenses are paid by the group. A suggested donation will be proposed and the client will be given an envelope to place their money in which is then passed to the treasurer by the driver. The group will carry out free DBS checks.


A list of drivers will be held by the co-ordinator, who will be aware of any restrictions, and will allocate the task to the next available driver on the list. It is envisaged that drivers will be called on a few times a month. 
The service will make a huge difference to local people. The group is friendly and supportive. We need a number of drivers as this is a new group which will be launching in April.


For further information please contact the group on 03330 448842 or find us on Facebook.


Good Neighbours Schemes are there for people who need a bit of help. There are 125 schemes in Hampshire and Good Neighbour volunteers mostly use their own cars to take people to GP and hospital appointments. Volunteers' mileage expenses are paid. 


Please join us to find out more!


Organised by the Good Neighbours Support Service & One Community



Friends Unlimited is a locally based Social Group and it's an excellent way for mature singles and couples to socialise and make good friends.


We arrange dinner dances, walks, pub lunches, picnics, skittles, curry nights, American suppers, discos, barbecues, coffee mornings, quizzes, fine dining, theatre, cinema, sports events, weekend breaks and so much more.


Over the past 15 years in which the club has been running, many strong friendships and lasting romances have been formed. Throughout, the ethos of the Club has remained the same, to provide a friendly and safe atmosphere in which people can enjoy each others’ company.


No one is expected to join on their first night, in fact it is preferred that they come along to at least two or three events, to see if the group is what they are looking for, if it is, then they will be invited to join.


Friends Unlimited have no assets or premises, only members - most of whom have remained loyal - and is a non-profit organisation, utilising any available funds for the benefits of its members.

A new committee was formed in June 2015 with relatively new members Martin & Sandra (husband & wife) taking on the Chairman and Secretary roles. The club has just celebrated its 15th Anniversary by holding one of its traditional birthday celebration Black Tie Dinner Dances, held at the Potters Heron Hotel, Ampfield and was well attended by over fifty club members and friends. 


The future of Friends Unlimited is looking exciting and something to be shared in the company of others and always welcome prospective new members. 


We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month and for more information please feel free to contact us by phoning: 01489 780127.  



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



A new seniors Table Tennis club is starting in Hedge End. Come along and join us for an opportunity to exercise your body and mind, whilst enjoying a good community spirit....


When: Starts Thursday 25 June 2015, between 2-4pm and Thursday weekly thereafter.


Where: Large Hall, 2000 Centre, St Johns Rd, Hedge End, SO30 4AF


There will be a moderate charge | Beginners welcome


See You There!!


Enquiries - please contact Beverley for more information: 01489 781088




Dementia is everyone's business.... pass it on.


Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance (HDAA)


What is the HDAA?

  • An alliance of organisations who are committed to take actions to help improve the lives of  people with dementia.
  • It is part of the Dementia Friendly Hampshire project.


Examples of actions include ensuring all staff receive dementia awareness training and appointing a dementia ambassador. Actions need not involve you in spending lots of time and money. A collection of small actions can lead to big differences for people with dementia.


Why should you join?

  • There are more than 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to over a million by 2021. Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community . In Hampshire , numbers are predicted  to increase by over 30% to £24,000 in 2020.

Contact us to find out how you an join:


For more information:



The food centre is a community focused project supported by local churches and councils that enables individuals and families to be assisted with food- aid during a financial crisis.

The food centre provides dry food provisions which are donated by churches, individuals, schools and local councils. This food centre will cover local areas ranging from Botley, Hedge End, West End and other local areas. People with needs are referred from agencies that hold vouchers that will be redeemed for a week’s supply of dry food.


It is based at Kings Community Church, Hedge End and it will open every Thursday 10.00 til 15.00.


Food parcels can also be dropped off at Hedge End Town Council, 2000 Centre, St Johns Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF, where it will be collected by Kings Community Church.


We would greatly appreciate donations of the following items:

  • 1 litre Fruit squashes
  • 1 litre Fruit juices
  • Granulated Sugar 50g
  • Tea bags 40s/80s
  • Instant coffee 50g/100g
  • Powdered and UHT milk
  • Stock cubes
  • Cooking sauces
  • Tomato/Brown sauces 300/400g
  • Various jams/spreads
  • Tinned vegetables (e.g. peas, carrots, beans)
  • Various soup packets and tins
  • Tinned tuna/fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned custard/pudding rice/packet desserts
  • Tinned meat/chicken meals (e.g. meatballs, casseroles, pies, hotdogs)
  • Rice/pasta 250g/500g
  • Cereals 500g
  • Toilet rolls
  • Soap/shampoo