SUMMER TEA DANCE
Our annual Tea Dance was held on Friday, 27th July and once again was well attended by local residents. The afternoon started with music from the popular Singing Juke Box followed by a line dancing session, afternoon tea, bingo and more dancing. The Parish Council would like to thank all those that helped out on the day including Councillors Asman, Clarke, Goguel and Turl, Hatch Cafe staff, Parish office staff and the groundsmen. Another successful event with excellent feedback from those who attended.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW PUBLIC TOILETS IN WEST END
The new public toilets in West End was officially opened on Wednesday 13th June, 2018 by the Mayor of Eastleigh - Councllor Bruce Tennant prior to the Full Parish Council meeting. The Chair of the Parish Council, Councillor Janice Asman welcomed those attending followed by the Mayor cutting the ribbon to announce the opening. There was an unexpected user of the toilets during the opening ceremony, who surprised the Mayor and those present!
Since being installed, the toilets have been very well received and are a welcome amenity in the village.
PARTICIPATORY BUDGET - ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Chairman presented cheques to the following organisations from the Participatory Grant Budget at this year's Annual Parish Assembly held on the 23rd April 2018.
Prop Box Theatre £108
Hilldene Community Association £227
West End Garden & Allotment Association £184
St James' Lunch Club £271
Friends of West End Copse £142
Hatch Grange WI £177
10th Itchen North (West End) Scouts £235
St James' Church £155
The Hannah Chamberlain Foundation £288
Life Link £194
West End Pre-School £374
West End Local History Society £231
Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP £234
Brendon Care £180
PUBLIC ART IN WEST END
Eastleigh Borough Council have now secured developers' contributions for two public art projects in West End and have re-visited, and will update, the West End High Street Art & Heritage Trail which was written in 2012. The vision was that the trail be inspired by local characters, personalities, historical buildings and social heritage of West End.
It has been agreed that one of the projects will be a piece of public art within the Moorgreen Hospital devevelopment, and the other will be for replacement 'Welcome to West End' signs currently at either end of the village. It is hoped that both of these projects will be completed and installed by November 2018.
There will be an opportunity for members of the public to have a say - Eastleigh Borough Council will be organising a press release and a social media based consultation on ideas for the new signage based on the question "What does West End mean to you?". Watch this space for future updates.
HATCH GRANGE GATES - WINTER OPENING TIMES (as from 29th October 2018)
The entrance gates into Hatch Grange from High Street, West End will open at 8.30 am and will be closed at 4 pm. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VEHICLE IS NOT LEFT IN THE CAR PARK AFTER 4pm.
PLANNING APPEAL DISMISSED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN BUBB LANE
An outline planning application for houses on land at Bubb Lane has been dismissed by an independent planning inspector.
Hedge End, West End, & Botley, Local Area Committee refused an outline planning application by Gladman Developments Ltd in January 2016 for 200 houses on the site. Gladman Developments Ltd appealed that decision and also asked for an outline planning application for 140 houses to also be considered as part of the inquiry process. Following a public inquiry the appeal was dismissed by the planning inspector.
Council Leader Keith House, said, “This is great news that the planning appeal for houses at Bubb Lane has been dismissed. It was also good to see the Planning Inspectors supporting existing Local Plan policies on our countryside gaps and acknowledging that the Council has achieved a full five-year supply of new homes on other sites."
He added, “The Council had always been against this application as it was completely the wrong location for new houses. The site would destroy the green local gap between the settlements of West End and Hedge End. The Council is committed to delivering the homes that are needed for the future but they have to be in the right places – and this was not one of them.”
This followed a previous decision by Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee to refuse outline planning permission for up to 328 houses on the same site by Gladman Developments Ltd that was also dismissed at appeal in May 2016.
OPENING OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED TENNIS COURT AT MOORGREEN RECREATION GROUND
The newly refurbished tennis court was opened on Wednesday, 16th August by the Mayor of Eastleigh - Councillor Maureen Sollitt prior to commencement of the Community Games event organised by the Youthouse. The Chair of the Parish Council, Councillor Sarah Turl welcomed those attending followed by the Mayor cutting the ribbon to announce the opening. Also in attendance was Mrs Proctor who, with her husband, had previously dealt with bookings for the tennis court. Members of the Youthouse presented both ladies with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you. The tennis courts were well used during the day by those attending the Community Games event.
See our Latest News Home Page for details of how to book the tennis court.
WEST END ALLOTMENTS - CALLING ALL KEEN GARDENERS
West End Parish Council's allotment site is based in Moorgreen Road, West End. Our waiting list only has a few names left of residents awaiting a plot.
Any West End residents who have a keen interest in gardening and feel they would have the time to commit to working an allotment plot, please contact the Parish Office and we will add you to our waiting list. We have half and full plots to offer, therefore if you do not wish to work a full plot then you are able to put your name down for a half plot only.
WEST END PARISH COUNCIL HAVE NOW ADOPTED THE WEST END COPSE MANAGEMENT PLAN
West End Copse is owned by West End Parish Council. This plan provides information about the Copse as it is today; its habitats, wildlife and use by the community; and how it will be maintained and mangaed over the next five years.
It has been prepared in consultation with Parish Council staff, Richard Mould-Ryan, local residents and volunteers, and other users of the site and is available to download by clicking the link below:
West End Copse Management Plan
CLOSURE OF GATEWAY CHILDREN'S CENTRE
As from October 2016, following the closure of the Hampshire County Council Public Consultation seeking views on a proposal for a new, integrated Family Support Service for vulnerable families with children aged 0-19 years (and up to age 25 where young adults have learning difficulties or disabilities), the Gateway Children's Centre has now closed and has been replaced with a new Family Support Service. The local Hub for West End residents is based in the Aviary Children's Centre, Blackbird Road, Eastleigh SO50 9JW. Contact details as follows:
Tel: 023 80626 960
FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP - INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Enjoy being active in your local community? Have you got a couple of hours free every week?
Social isolation and poor nutrition are issues that affect significant numbers of older people. This is an opportunity to provide regular social contact to older people by way of a befriending visit alongside their Meals on Wheels delivery. Befriending visits will take place between 11.30 am and 4 pm on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. There will be a chance for you to provide regular social contact; ideas on simple healthy snacks and meals; and information on what's going on in your local community. Training and full support provided. To find out more about becoming a Food & Friendship volunteer and to support older people to remain independent:
Call: 01962 892455 or email: email@example.com
SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL SERVICE - INFORMATION FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS
Please click here to download a copy of the new Hampshire County Council School Crossing Patrol Service Information Leaflet for Pedestrians and Drivers.
A VOLUNTEER DRIVER WANTED
West End Lunch Club are looking for a person who would be willing to drive a One Community Bus every Monday (except Bank Holidays) to collect and return some of their members to lunch at St James Church Hall. All members live within the Parish of West End and would need to be collected from 11 am onwards for lunch at 12.30 pm and returned home at 2 pm. There is training necessary and this would be paid for. If you were prepared to extra trips, One Community would cover all costs. Unfortunately several lunch dates have recently had to be cancelled due to lack of drivers which is disappointing to members who look forward to their Monday lunch club. For more details please telephone Maureen Cook on 02380 470321 or Sue Fitch on 02380 477248.
CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS A WEEK TO HELP LOCAL OLDER PEOPLE?
Hampshire based charity Brendoncare is looking for volunteers to support its weekly “West End Club” for older people. The club meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at the Hilldene Community Centre, 68 High Street, West End, and offers a place for older people to meet new friends, take part in a variety of activities and enjoy a chat over tea and biscuits.
Brendoncare runs over 75 clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, offering fun and friendship to over 1,300 members, and tackling loneliness and isolation amongst elderly people. Volunteers play an essential role in all of Brendoncare’s clubs, and the charity is proud to hold the Investing in Volunteers award. There are volunteering opportunities for everyone: from organising activities, to collecting members’ subscriptions, to the important job of making the teas, and of course finding time to ‘just have a chat’.
If you can spare a few hours each Monday afternoon, Brendoncare would love to hear from you on 01962 852133. More information about Brendoncare’s clubs and work with older people is available at www.brendoncare.org.uk
West End Parish Council is very pleased to report that Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP will be running the Community Allotment plot at the allotment site in Moorgreen Road.
The project will enable adults with learning disabilities to gain healthy physical exercise as well as gaining practical gardening experience. Members currently meet at the allotment on Saturdays and Mondays and enjoy tending their raised beds. Local companies helped install a 'living roof' for the shed and the group hope to enter the local garden competition in 2015 under the 'Allotment' category.
Summer Update 2017 - West End Parish Council are pleased to announce that they have now given a second allotment to MENCAP which will give them the opportunity to expand this service.
The photograph below shows some of the members of the Mencap Gardening Club enjoying a visit to the allotment.
To learn more about the work of EBR MENCAP, visit their website at www.ebrmencap.org.uk
The Local Area Committee has committed resources to provide equipment to enable a Community Speedwatch Programme to be set up and run in our area which will be co-ordinated by Hampshire Constabulary in partnership with local councils and other agencies. Speedwatch locations will be suggested by the local community and sanctioned by Hampshire Constabulary. Volunteers must be aged at least 17 years and each scheme needs a minimum of 6 volunteers. Keen applicants will need to complete an application form and specialist training will be provided.
For further details please contact Laura Fisher, Extended Police Family Co-ordinator on 023 80674017, mobile 07799 582234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST END FOOD BANK - COLLECTION POINT - NOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH KING'S COMMUNITY CHURCH, HEDGE END
In these days of economic difficulties there are people who have to make the decision to 'eat or heat'. West End Parish Council has decided to support an initiative to set up a Food Bank Collection Point at the Parish Centre in Chapel Road, West End in conjunction with King's Community Church in Hedge End.
All donations will be gratefully received in the Parish Office, Monday - Friday, 8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. These will then be delivered to the King's Community Church. Alternatively you can drop your donation off into the trolley in the Main Enrance of King's Community Church, Upper Northam Road, Hedge End Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. and Sunday morning 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon
All food donated needs to be in undamaged packaging and also in date.
List of food items requested by Hedge End Food Centre :
Tinned meat and fish ; Tinned vegetables; Tinned soup; Tinned fruit; Tinned rice pudding; Tinned sponge pudding; UHT/Powdered milk; Pasta/Rice (1kg); Fruit Squash; Tea Bags (80-160); Coffee (small jars); Cereal; Sugar (500 g); Instant Mashed Potato; Biscuits and snack bars, Toiletries and Toilet Rolls.
Food Centre Opening Times for Collection of Food Packages: Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except Bank Holidays)
For further information, please contact :
Parish Clerk, Laura Cooke, e-mail: Laura.Cooke@westend-pc.gov.uk ; Tel. 023 80462371
Kings Commmunity Church, e-mail: email@example.com