Rev. Peter Cornick: On Muslim Conference At Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church

Rev. Peter Cornick, Minister of Chandler's Ford Methodist Church.

Last Saturday (24th January 2015), Chandler’s Ford became the centre of media attention as a protest took place outside Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.

A Muslim Conference was being held inside the Methodist Church on Winchester Road that evening.

If you have missed the news and important notices from Eastleigh Police, please read this post published on 24th January 2015: Muslim Conference at Methodist Church Chandler’s Ford.

Today, Reverend Peter Cornick, the minister of Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church, wrote to inform us of the chain of events last Saturday. [Read more...]

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Review: The Wizard Of Oz By The Chameleons

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Last weekend we watched The Wizard of Oz pantomime, performed by the Chameleon Theatre Company from Chandler’s Ford.

It was a hilarious show, directed by Geoff Dodsworth.

I interviewed the audience (er, my teenage son Ben, who did a review of The Ladykillers by the Chameleons last year). [Read more...]

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My Poignant Visit To Auschwitz 30 Years Ago

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Some 30 years ago I found myself in Krakow, Poland, alone in a communist country with contact phone numbers that did not work and meet and greet arrangements that had gone wrong.

I had a day to fill and looked at the hotel tours of castles, lakes, mountains, ski centres, pretty villages or Auschwitz.

Auschwitz? Was that really a tourist attraction? Should I go there?

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Eastleigh Police: Muslim Conference At Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church Tonight

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This evening Eastleigh Police issued important information about their strong presence at the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church, on Winchester Road.

Read on:

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Ruby: Winner Of The Official Pedant Award

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Today Chandler’s Ford Today is going to honour one of our regular commenters with The Official Pedant Award.

The winner is Ruby.

Ruby has made 76 comments on Chandler’s Ford Today so far.

In the current Private Eye Issue (No. 1384, 23 January to 5 February 2015), Ruby (or better known as Ruby Barefoot) has made it to Pedantry Corner. [Read more...]

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The Sorting Office Creative Open Day: Chandler’s Ford Library 14th Feb 2015

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Designer-makers from The Sorting Office studios will host a Creative Open Day at Chandler’s Ford Library on the 14th of February (Saturday) from 10am to 3pm.

The makers, designers, and artists, who work at The Sorting Office studios in Wells Road, Eastleigh, will be holding demonstrations of their crafts, offering taster sessions for anyone passionate about learning a new skill, and displaying their beautiful creations. [Read more...]

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Review Of Eastleigh BBC One Question Time 2015

BBC One Question Time from Eastleigh Thursday 22 January 2015

BBC One’s Question Time moved to Eastleigh for last night’s programme, which took place at The Point theatre. Those taking part were:

Esther McVey MP – Conservative Employment Minister
Diane Abbott MP – Prospective Mayor of London
Paul Nuttall MEP – Deputy Leader of UKIP
Tim Farron MP – Lib-Dem spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Amol Rajan – Editor of The Independent
Broadcaster David Dimbleby – Chairman [Read more...]

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From Chandler’s Ford I Get Around

Allison Symes: from Chandler's Ford I Get Around

I love travelling. I love seeing what’s going on around me and comparing different places with home.

But despite living near an airport, flying is the one major form of transportation I’ve never used.

I’ve travelled in many different forms, including having a donkey ride on a beach and a pony trek (when I was a child), but have yet to be above terra firma. [Read more...]

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Congratulations To Brandon Hulcoop: Winner Of Onkyo World Braille Competition

Proud Brandon Hulcoop showing his winning essay.

Congratulations to Brandon Hulcoop in Year 8 from The Toynbee School in Chandler’s Ford.

Brandon has won a prestigious writing competition in the International Onkyo Braille Contest.

The competition was run by European Blind Union. From 62 entries in 21 countries, 12-year-old Brandon Hulcoop came first in the Junior section. [Read more...]

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History Of Hiltonbury Farmhouse

History of Hiiltonbury Farmhouse, Chandler's Ford, by Andy Vining.

A few days ago my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Janet Williams and her husband at the Hiltonbury Pub, my old home, and we discussed the way Chandler’s Ford had grown over the years.

In the entrance hall of the pub there is a photograph of Hiltonbury taken from the air in about 1974 and Janet suggested that I took a photograph of it and put it on the blog with some descriptions of some of the buildings in the photographs so here goes. [Read more...]

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The Silverlake Stadium To Host First International Fixture: Friday 6th March 2015

Eastleigh FC to hold first International fixture 6 March 2015

Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce the Silverlake Stadium will host a England Schools’ international fixture this March.

The Silverlake Stadium will host England Schools’ Under-18s vs Northern Ireland Schools’ Under-18s on Friday 6th March 2015 . Kick off 7pm. [Read more...]

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Southampton Chinese New Year Celebration: Sunday 22nd February 2015 West Quay

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Southampton Chinese New Year Celebration will take place on Sunday 22nd February 2015 inside West Quay shopping centre, from 11am to 1pm.

The Year of the Sheep (or Goat) runs from 19th February 2015 to 7th February 2016.

The Chinese New Year celebration is organised by Chinese Association of Southampton. [Read more...]

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Green Candidate For Winchester 2015 Election

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Today, in Winchester, I came across this merry band of Greens.

They do not yet have a prospective parliamentary candidate but they assured me that there will be one for Winchester.

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Inspirational Eastleigh Volunteers Fair

Volunteers Fair 2015 at Eastleigh Museum

Yesterday I visited Eastleigh Museum for the Volunteers Fair.

This was the third Volunteers Fair run by Volunteer Centre Eastleigh of One Community at Eastleigh Museum.

I left the museum totally inspired.

In this post, you’ll find the links to a few volunteering groups in Eastleigh and you can join the volunteers to improve our community. [Read more...]

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BBC One Question Time From Eastleigh: Thursday 22 January 2015

BBC One Question Time from Eastleigh Thursday 22 January 2015

BBC One Question Time is coming to Eastleigh on Thursday 22 January 2015.

BBC One – Question Time is The BBC’s flagship political debate programme presented by David Dimbleby.

How to join the Question Time audience?

To join the Question Time audience, you need to [Read more...]

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Views From My Window – Foxes

Views from my window post by Mark Braggins

I live in a semi-rural location near Fair Oak. There are pros and cons to everything in life and, for me, getting up in the dark to travel to work is definitely one of the cons. I use public transport and walk to the nearest bus stop, or sometimes the railway station when the weather’s decent.

Grumpy tweet

A few days ago I posted a photo on Twitter showing the track I walk along as part of my daily commute. [Read more...]

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2015 Chandler’s Ford Social Events

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There are many exciting events in Chandler’s Ford from January, and here is a quick summary.

The first unmissable event will be The Wizard of Oz pantomime by the Chameleon Theatre Company.

The Chameleons will run 7 performances starting on Friday 23rd of January at 7:30pm. [Read more...]

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Eastleigh 4 Lincoln City 0

Eastleigh 4 Lincoln City 0

When, a week ago, Eastleigh’s fruitful festive period was grinding to a halt with defeat by Altrincham and Lincoln City were dishing out a 4-1 thumping to league leaders Barnet, any observers predicting this outcome would have been few and far between.

No matter, the marvellous unpredictability of football and the sheer resilience and quality of this Spitfires team joined forces to produce a result for the home side that will have made the rest of the division sit up and take notice. [Read more...]

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Online Writing: What Do You Do To Recharge?

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I have been writing online on WordPress for 7 years. Writing has become a habit and I don’t normally stop.

I know too well that a short break is fine, but if you take a lengthy hiatus, it’s more difficult to find the same momentum in writing again.

What happens if you find the writing goddess has suddenly withdrawn her inspiration? [Read more...]

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Cup Of Chinese Tea, Anyone?

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My youngest son has just visited from China where he works as a teacher of kindergarten children.

Chinese parents are keen for their children to be taught English so he has been in southwest China for just over three years.

It was lovely to have him and his Chinese girlfriend visit [Read more...]

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