News and Events

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



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PUPPETS will be used in an innovative new show to bring to life the history behind one of the county’s most recognisable landmarks.
Hampshire-based theatre company Unexpected Places has been commissioned by Hampshire County Council’s Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley to create a show that highlights the historical importance of its Chapel – all that remains of Netley Hospital.

The hospital, which stretched for a quarter of a mile along Southampton Water, was the world’s first purpose-built facility for treating British military personnel injured in conflicts between 1863 and 1963.

The resulting production, Blighty One, uses puppets to tell the true story of Johnny, a young soldier who, after suffering gunshot wounds on the Front Line during the First World War, was twice sent home to be treated at Netley Hospital – the same hospital where, as an eight-year-old boy, he had delivered newspapers to the patients on its wards.

Aimed at ages nine and above, Blighty One will run at the Royal Victoria Country Park’s Empire Room from August 26th to 27th, with two shows each day, at 11am and 2pm. Admission is free but places are limited.

To book, visit

Each performance will be followed by a hands-on puppetry workshop for families, who will be given the chance to learn how puppets work, create their own puppets and re-tell the stories of other soldiers treated at Netley Hospital.

The show’s director, Rosanna Sloan, will be running the two workshops. She said: “The Royal Victoria Country Park has a rich and surprising history, and I’m delighted to be sharing this with the community as, together, we retrace the footsteps of a First World War soldier. Through our puppets, we hope to reveal the fascinating heritage of this popular Hampshire country park, and perhaps uncover a few of its forgotten stories.”

Blighty One is part of Hampshire County Council’s £3.1 million project, Royal Victoria: Uncovering the Stories of Netley Military Hospital, which received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016.



Saturday 23 September 2017, 7.30pm


Hedge End Village Hall, St Johns Rd


Tickets £10 to include supper (please download and complete food order form before 16 Sept). Food Order Form (pdf)


Phone: 01489 781299






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


Phone: 02380 902416/7


The SportWorks team are delighted to bring you their brand new Family Sport programme. Family Sport aims to provide new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together. Thanks to funding from Sport England, the first series of Family Sport sessions will take place alongside the council's Park Sport 2017 programme.

Our Family Sport sessions aim to provide a fun and enjoyable experience of physical activity and give families the inspiration and confidence to take part together. Our sessions aim to change attitudes towards physical activity and provide a positive environment for families to enjoy quality time together.

Activities available for families throughout August 2017 include Cycling, Fishing, Golf and Tennis for just £10 booking fee per family. 



  • Cycling Tuesday 8 August 5.30pm - 7pm at Itchen Valley Country Park, West End


  • Fishing Sundays (6, 13, 20 & 27) 12pm - 2pm at Lakeside Country Park, off Wide Lane, Eastleigh


  • Golf Sunday 12 August and Sunday 26 August 12pm - 1.30pm at East Horton Golf Club, Fair Oak


  • Tennis Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August 10am - 11.30am at Woodhouse Lane, Hedge End


  • Tennis Monday 7 August 5.45pm - 7.15pm and 7.30pm - 9pm at Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Chandler's Ford

For more information:


Bookings will be available via My Eastleigh from Tuesday 4th July.


For more information about Family Sport, please email



Park Sport is a Council funded programme that delivers a wide range of sporting activities across the Borough of Eastleigh for 8-16 year olds during the summer holidays.


The Park Sport 2017 programme will take place from 31 Jul – 1 Sept 2017.

Sessions are available for just a £1 non-refundable booking fee.

Bookings for Park Sport are made online via MyEastleigh and open Tuesday 27 June, with exception of the five Skate Jam events, where no booking is necessary. All bookings are non-refundable.

There is also an opportunity to sign up to free swimming sessions for children under the age of 16 at Fleming Park, Wildern Leisure Centre and Hamble Sports Complex.

All Park Sport sessions are delivered by local sport clubs and leisure providers, so participants have an opportunity to take up an activity if they enjoy it.

To encourage 8-16 year olds in the Borough to try something new, enjoy the outdoors and get active over the summer holidays.


Offering a wide range of subsidised session types to appeal to as many young people as possible.


Making continued participation easy for children and young people.


There will be 5 free skate jams with competitions, demos and prizes with Team Extreme, launching on 31 July 2017 at Freespace.


To read the 2017 brochure: CLICK HERE 


Organised by Eastleigh Borough Council's SportWorks Team:


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Eastleigh Borough Council’s SportWorks Team are delighted to bring you the Summer of Sport.


Aimed at adults aged 16+ years, we’re inviting you to swap the sofa for one of our many sport and physical activity taster sessions taking place this summer.


Just £2 per session 


Between 31 July - 1 September 2017


Activities include: Badminton | Tennis | Golf | Fishing | Canoeing | Archery | Cycling | Dance | Sailing | Netball & more...


How to Book: Bookings open on 4 July 2017

  1. Visit:
  2. Create or log onto your My Eastleigh' account 
  3. Select 'Summer of Sport' under the 'Book' menu
  4. Register, select activites, make payment and enjoy!!


If you have any queries, or need to make a cancellation, please call 02380 688344 or



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






When: Monday 14 August 2017 - 12pm - 4pm

Where: Woodhouse Lane Skate Park, Hedge End, SO30 2EZ


All ages and abilities welcome but please bring your own safety equipment, sunscreen and drinks. 




All competitors must sign a disclaimer and U16's needed signed guardian consent. 






Park Sport 2017  - Park Sport is a Council funded programme that delivers a wide range of sporting activities across the Borough of Eastleigh for 8-16 year olds during the summer holidays.






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:



Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Parish Assembly on Monday 3 April. Members of the public came along to hear reports from local County, Borough and Town Councillors, as well as local groups including the Youth Service and Kings Community Church. The meeting finished with the annual awards giving for both the Serving the Community Awards and the Allotment Awards. 


The Serving the Community Award was won this year by Heather Jones who was nominated for both her volunteering work with the Hedge End Horticultural Society and her volunteering work within the Hedge End allotment community.


Vera Blunt was also recognised for the many years she has dedicated to volunteering her time to various local clubs and organisations in Hedge End.  


The Young Person Serving the Community Award was won by Joshua Buckle who was nominated for his ongoing work with the HEWEB Youth Council for which he is an active member and has played an important role in encouraging others to have a voice, be active and participate.


Charlotte Murphy was also recognised for her work with the 25th Itchen North Cub Park for her commitment and dedication to the local community, raising the profile of scouts and young people in the area.


Helga Wiegler was presented with the allotment award for 'Best Cultivated Plot - Kanes Field' and Jane Best was awarded the 'Best Cultivated Plot - Spring Field'. Certificates of recommendation were also awarded to Philip Ravenscroft, John Blake, Jacqueline Hickman, Leighton Moat, Nicholas Gladwell, James Stanley, Mr and Mrs Barfoot, Debbie Harvey, Veronica Ciampa and Denise Pollock. 


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

Upcoming sessions: 28 March, 23 May, 18 July, 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

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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 6th July
  • Thursday 3rd August
  • Thursday 7th September
  • Thursday 5th October
  • 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



It's fun, it's for everyone, it's £1 fit club!


Starts Thursday 20 October 2016


  • Physical Training classes
  • Fitness & Nutrition coaching
  • Free Wellness evaluation
  • Like minded people
  • Fun environment
  • Body Transformation 


Designed to increase health and energy, decrease body fat and get you fit for life. Every Thursday - Registration 7.15pm, Salvation Army Community Church, 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, SO30 4GL


For more information or to book your place, contact: Lisa - 07548 940778 or Hayley 07909 545958 email:


Can you knit or have you ­always wanted to learn?

We are a friendly group of all ages who meet EVERY WEDNESDAY AT HEDGE END ­LIBRARY, UPPER NORTHAM ROAD, HEDGE END ­BETWEEN 2-4 P.M. 


We have been going for nearly three years, so why not come along and join us? 


We are fortunate enough to have Wilkinsons Haberdashery visit us every month, bringing new wools and patterns for us to see and ­perhaps buy. 


No need to book, just turn up and you will be made to feel very ­welcome. We would love to see you there! (Coffee & Biscuit only 50p)



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.  





Leaflet from Hampshire County Council 


"Stop Means Stop"


Pdf file to view or download (Click on link above to open) 



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



We would like to introduce your NEW safer Neighbourhood Policing Team for Hedge End.




Hedge End North


PC 3355 Carl Osman
PCSO 15818 Abi Biddulph


Hedge End South


PC 2007 Robin Tebb
PCSO 15552 Emma Berry


Sign up for FREE crime and community information about Hedge End using Hampshire Alerts
Register at


Should you need police assistance please call 999 in an Emergency and 101 for all other enquiries.




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