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Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club is a small and friendly, LTA affiliated, tennis club with two well maintained grass courts, located in the corner of the lower green in Ethelburt Avenue. We welcome beginners and juniors as well as more experienced players. Fees are £65 (£60 before 31 May) for adults, £20 for under 18′s and £130 for families. The new season will start at the end of April, depending on the weather. Please come along to one of our mix-ins on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm, or on Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm.

Further information can be obtained by visiting our website www.swaythlingtennis.org.uk, emailing our Membership Secretary, Claire Buckley at sltc@swaythlinglawn.co.uk or by phoning John Green on 8067 1016.

Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club – Annual Plant and Cake Sale / Open Day
The tennis club welcomes you to our annual sale of plants and homemade cakes on Saturday 14th May at the club, starting at 12 noon. This event is also part of the LTA Great British Tennis Weekend, giving non-members the chance to see the club, pick up information and have a free game.

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The HCERA Midsummer Party will be on Saturday 2nd July. We would much appreciate it, if you could offer help with the barbecue, children’s games or face painting. Please send us an email to offer help.

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by Angela Cotton

Keen to slow down global warming? If so, you may be interested in joining an innovative ecogroup being launched in Swaythling. Based on the Cool Communities programme developed by the Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), the aim is for multiple households to collectively reduce the carbon dioxide arising from their homes and activities over 8-10 weeks by 2500kg. Householders will meet 4-5 times at fortnightly intervals to benchmark and discuss individual carbon footprints, lifestyles, households and communities, sharing ideas on how to cut energy (and bills). Co-Director of WinACC, Richard Blackman, says, “The Cool Communities programme has been trialled in both Winchester and Southampton and the results show that when individuals act collectively, they can make a significant difference.” Whether you’ve already spent time lowering your carbon footprint or are new to the EcoGroup concept, local group lead Diane Chamberlain in Bassett Green Rd would welcome your support. Contact Diane on 07471932433 or email: dipiper101@hotmail.com (please put “ECOGROUP” in the subject line to avoid landing in the spam folder).

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Open Gardens Day will be on Sunday 15th May from 2pm to 5pm. So there is still a little more time to bring your garden into tip-top condition. If you would like to open your garden please email us or contact your street rep. We would particularly like to hear from those who, two years ago, said their garden was not yet ready! The proceeds will go to the locally based charity Tools for Self Reliance.

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Badly parked cars around the perimeter of the greens in Ethelburt Avenue continue to be a problem. Large vans and lorries are forced to drive over the corners of the greens, causing ruts and damage to the grass. This is a plea for drivers to show more consideration to keeping the corners free from parked cars so that other vehicles can pass without having to mount the kerbs or greens?

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by Anne Dempsey

Swaythling railway station has seen a regular year-on-year passenger increase, with 138,090 passengers using the station during 2014/15, an increase of 8,000 passengers from the year before.

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The station is being lovingly looked after by a group of volunteers led by local resident Bob Painton. At the Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards Ceremony in 2015, Bob was placed 2nd in the “Outstanding Station Volunteer Category”. Bob has led the gardening and landscaping at the station and co-ordinated work- mornings with children from Cantell School. He also leads nature walks along Monks Brook and organised a First World War project at the station remembering the Remount Depot which included filming with the British Armed Forces Broadcasting Services. The Station now boasts a little library where you can pick up a book for your journey. South West Trains has many offers that people are often unaware of, and is currently offering an Adult Off-Peak Return to 170 destinations for £15 if booked in advance. Children travel for £5.00. This offer finishes on 30 April. These local stations are part of our heritage and if you would like to become involved, please contact Bob on 8094 2478.

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by Ray George

On 8th January 2016, Eastleigh Borough Council granted outline planning permission for an 1100 dwelling development in North Stoneham Park (Application No. O/15/76023). This development would build on Doncaster Farm Recreation Ground and the Jubilee and Stoneham Park Playing Fields lying south of Chestnut Avenue and west of Stoneham Lane. Under Eastleigh’s draft Local Plan 2011-2029, this would not be allowed unless the Council is satisfied that compensatory replacement playing fields can be provided which are of equal or greater benefit to the wider community than those which it replaces.

It is perhaps not widely appreciated that to fulfill this condition, the plan involves extensive development of playing fields south of the M27 along Stoneham Lane. This development was the preferred option in Eastleigh Council’s “Playing Pitch Strategy and Action Plan”. The area is about the same as the area of the playing fields being lost. The plans do not include using the land on the east side of Stoneham Way which is reached by an underpass and is subject to a village green application.

Included in the outline permission granted are associated facilities such as changing pavilion/hub building, spectator stands, enclosures, all-weather playing surfaces and floodlighting. The present plans are illustrative only, but contain one floodlit artificial grass football pitch, a cricket pavilion /changing rooms and 430 parking spaces. A new cycle route and footpath runs in the playing fields parallel to Stoneham Lane from the M27 underpass to the Southampton boundary.

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There will be a walk in the area of Monks Brook on both Saturday April 23rd and Sunday 24th led by Bob Painton. The walks start from Swaythling Station at 11am

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We have received some excellent preliminary ‘mock-ups’ for the memorial information board to remember the WW1 Swaythling Remount Depot. After getting thoughts and feedback to help work out which elements should be used, work will continue so that mock-ups are turned into a ‘proper’ design. The plan is for the memorial to go on the grass verge in Bassett Green Road. Email us, if you want to get involved.

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