Last year, I endured an internal crisis. I could no longer cope with the daily news about the war ravaged Middle Eastern region. The images of suffering got unbearably graphic by the day. When I thought I had seen the worst, another scene would break my heart in two. Existential questions such as ‘Can I really call myself educated when I ignore the suffering around me?’ troubled me. But then, I do have a family to look after and a hefty mortgage; responsibilities that limit most of us. [Read more…] about Building Bridges through Volunteering
Updated 4th March 2017: Today I discovered Kahuti
I love Kahuti and I would like old Streetlife friends to join Kahuti to make it stronger and better. You may find Kahuti builds the same strong community like Streetlife, and Kahuti has the potential to make it better, and make it work for us. [Read more…] about Nextdoor (US Neighbours’ Network) buys UK’s Streetlife
Yesterday afternoon I happened to be in Southampton, and was surprised there was an anti-Trump march at the Bargate.
There were tens of men, women, and a few small children. [Read more…] about Anti-Trump March in Southampton
“Doing it for Imogen” is a fundraising campaign, which I hope Chandler’s Ford Today readers would support.
Imogen is only 6 years old. She is suffering from a rare disease called Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis (LCH). [Read more…] about “Doing it for Imogen” – Bike Ride for Piam Brown Ward
I was on board Lord Nelson ship at the Seed2Sailing – the launch party for this year’s Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Avenue, which will take place on Saturday 8th Oct 2016.
“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;”
Sea Fever by John Masefield
[Read more…] about Life aboard a Tall Ship: Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Ship Lord Nelson
We were fortunate to pick two sunny days for a trip to the Isle of Wight.
During the trip down Southampton water we saw the Ovation of the Seas, a new 168,000 ton diesel-electric driven cruise liner She is undergoing inauguration event prior to her maiden cruise to China. She will operate between china and Australia. [Read more…] about Walk on the Isle of Wight
The Society of St. James, based in Southampton, are having a One Bag Drop event on Saturday 2nd April 2016 between 10 am and 6 pm.
The idea behind One Bag Drop is to allow one person to make a difference to another. [Read more…] about Drop a Bag Day – Society of St. James
One of my favourite short local walks is the stretch of the Itchen Navigation from Bishopstoke to Allbrook.
It is a rural idyll, yet never more than a few hundred yards from the built-up area and/or railway yard. [Read more…] about My Favourite Short Walk – Itchen Navigation from Bishopstoke to Allbrook
Tomorrow the air will be filled with pride and excitement. March 5th 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire.
The Supermarine Spitfire prototype Spitfire K5054 first took to the skies in 1936 from Southampton Airport.
Want to know where you could see the Spitfire 80th anniversary flight on Saturday? Read on. [Read more…] about Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Spitfire
Eastleigh Football Club were delighted to support the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal.
At the recent home game against Cheltenham Town, Marie Curie volunteers were invited to mingle with supporters receiving donations and giving out Daffodil pins to show support for the Marie Curie Nurses. [Read more…] about Eastleigh FC Supports Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal
I believe Hampshire may be unique as a county in having 3 cities within it – Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester. As a result there are plenty of historical connections to our area, some of which make for excellent days out.
The fact we can directly access the Isle of Wight, and there are many historical connections there, gives us even more to see and do. [Read more…] about Hampshire Historical Connections
Now in its 18th year, the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s family festival event is a wonderful celebration of all things pumpkin related.
The day (10th October 2015) was opened by Eastleigh Mayor Jane Welsh and her husband to the skirling pipes of the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers life changing experiences to both disabled and able bodied people aboard their two purpose built tall ships, Tenacious and Lord Nelson. [Read more…] about The Autumn Pumpkin Festival at the Royal Victoria Country Park
The book is supported by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, My Journey and Transition Southampton. Their details are given at the front of the book. [Read more…] about Review: Station Walks Book
Southampton Common was the venue for a very uncommon sight last week. Two hundred and fifty yoga fans gathered for a mass al fresco yoga session.
The extraordinary event was organised to celebrate United Nations International Day of Yoga on Sunday 21st June 2015, which saw similar collective yoga sessions taking place in different cities all over the world. [Read more…] about Did You Spot a Yogi in the Woods?
Update: Chinese New Year 2016 Celebration in Southampton: Sunday 14th February 2016 at Regents Park Community College SO16 4GW.
修咸頓華人協會2016農曆新年慶祝會 Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS): Chinese New Year Celebration 2016 pic.twitter.com/1hcIwp8zXu
— Chinese Southampton (@SotonChinese) January 11, 2016
Original post for Chinese New Year 2015 (Below):
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…] about Southampton Chinese New Year Celebration: Sunday 22nd February 2015 West Quay
I saw Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at The Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 18th November 2014, its opening night.
Sadly the run is only on in Southampton for a few days but I would urge anyone who loves comedy and/or the works of P.G. Wodehouse to try to see this wonderful show. It is currently touring the UK. [Read more…] about Review: Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense At The Mayflower Theatre
Update: 16 Nov 14: This lucky draw event is over. Prize has been claimed. Thanks.
You now have a chance to win a tour of St Mary’s Stadium, the home of Southampton Football Club, for two adults.
I won this wonderful prize at the raffle last weekend at the Chandler’s Ford Joint Charities 41st Christmas Market.
I have decided to give the prize away for one lucky reader.
[Read more…] about Win St Mary’s Stadium Tour For 2 Adults
First – a bit about the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST).
The charity was formed in 1978 and has two tall ships (Lord Nelson and Tenacious) that have been specially adapted so that anyone over 16 can crew.
The crew is made up equally of able-bodied and disabled people – some who have never sailed in their lives before. [Read more…] about Atlantic Crossing With Jubilee Sailing Trust
We are not to have fluoridation in this part of the country. Southampton City Council is against it. We have to ask why and our leaders do not tell us.
There is no doubt that our dental health is poor and that fluoridation is a cheap and effective way of improving it. [Read more…] about Fluoridation – Have We Tripped Ourselves Up?