News and Events

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

IN HEDGE END (1857 to 2017)


Hedge End Methodist Church


Saturday 24 June 2017 2-5pm


We invite members of the local community to come and join us for hot / soft drinks and some cake as we celebrate the 160th Anniversary of Methodism in Hedge End.


We would particularly welcome anyone who has visited the church building in the past. Whether they have attended church services, our Sunday School, the Brigades or any organisation that meets or has met, in the building. If you wish to share your stories, that would be good.


Hedge End Methodist Church, St Johns Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AG   

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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






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:




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

The Performing Arts Company Presents...




5-8 July 2017 (7.30pm eves; 2.30pm Saturday matinee) 


The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End


The show follows the path of Joe Casey, a boy from Camden, whose life is altered by a decision made on the night of his 16th birthday. A must see musical featuring much loved songs by Madness ' House of Fun', Baggy Trousers', 'It Must be Love' and many more...


Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) available from The Berry Theatre. Box Office: 02380 652333.





Step back in time for a Medieval Weekend of fun and festivities...

Historical re-enactments, a medieval village featuring authentic cooking, combat demonstrations and travelling players performing a series of rambunctious plays will help bring the past to life in a FREE weekend of entertainment for all the family.

Presented by the Road To Agincourt, a project supported by Eastleigh Borough Council, the Medieval Weekend will take place at River Hamble Country Park on the weekend of July 15 and 16. It follows on from last year’s popular event that saw more than 2,000 people attend.

The special festival will celebrate the launch of The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu - a new digital portal exploring the history of Henry V’s ‘great ships’ – the Grace Dieu and Holigost.
Designed and created by members of Tec Hub Eastleigh, the museum will be going live in July, with visitors to the event having the first chance to explore the virtual exhibitions via a set of on-site computers.

The Virtual Museum can be explored by anyone with a computer or smartphone, and is home to an array of information documenting the region’s connections to the Battle of Agincourt; including how the Grace Dieu, once the ‘biggest ship in the world’, was constructed in Southampton Docks and how both she and Holigost ended up as wrecks at the bottom of the River Hamble.

The museum also features a link to an actual size virtual reality Grace Dieu that visitors to the Medieval Festival, using a smartphone, will be able to see “emerge” as a complete warship from the site of the wreck in the River Hamble.

Other attractions at this year’s Medieval Weekend include demonstrations of authentic medieval crafts such as leather working, pole turning, felting and herbology, themed children’s activities, guided walks along the interactive King’s Great Ships Trail, and the opportunity to take part in medieval sports and dancing. On Saturday (July 15) there will also be a series of special talks by leading historians including the world expert on Holigost, Dr Ian Friel.

The Road To Agincourt is a two-year project linked to the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, run by Eastleigh Borough Council and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. The battle was an iconic moment in English history and has a lasting impact on the local landscape of Hampshire.
Eastleigh Borough Council Drama Development Manager Daniel Hill said:
“Last year’s Medieval Weekend was a roaring success, with thousands turning out to experience such delights as the Melford Hys Companie medieval theatre, Medieval Village, and of course the interactive King’s Great Ships Trail."
“This year will see the launch of the all new Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu which, along with a whole raft of new and updated activities, will mean that the weekend is even bigger, better and more medieval than before.”

Medieval Weekend: - The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu takes place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 11am to 4pm at River Hamble Country Park, Bursledon SO31 1BH. The event is FREE but car parking fees may apply.


For more information about the Virtual Museum, visit:
For more information on the event, visit or contact the team at



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 April 
  • Thursday 4th May 
  • Thursday 1st June
  • 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
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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