Do you ever shop online?

If the answer is yes, then the next question is: Have you heard of AmazonSmile? This is a recent initiative from Amazon that enables you to raise money for your chosen charity every time you buy something.  It’s nothing to do with discounts or surcharges.  It’s just that Amazon chooses to return some of its gargantuan profits in a way that we can exploit, or not, as we choose. Continue reading

Help Guide Dogs for the Blind

You may already know that the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has a centre in Chilworth. Staff there are currently on the lookout for those who would be prepared to be ‘committed volunteers’ willing to care and temporary homes for trainee guide dogs.

For a ten-week period, a volunteer would need to be able to drop the dog at the centre on weekday mornings, and pick it up again at the end of the working day. The dog would stay with the volunteer over the weekends. Continue reading

Annual Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place at Chilworth Hall on Thursday, 3rd May at 8.00pm, immediately following the monthly Parish Council meeting which starts earlier in the evening.  All Chilworth residents are cordially invited.  Hear the reports of your local councillors at county, borough and parish level, and participate in the Open Forum which is intended as an opportunity for you to have your say on local issues.  The full agenda is here.

Inner Wheel Charity Lunch

The local Inner Wheel group is putting on a charity lunch at Chilworth Hall on Thursday, 26th April to raise money for SPANA, the charity that cares for working animals in the poorest countries in the world.  Tickets are just £10 per person, and full details can be found on this flyer. Continue reading

Basset Avenue reopens early

(Per Southampton City Council) Phase one of the Bassett Avenue works, taking place between Winchester Road and Chilworth Roundabout, has been completed a few days ahead of schedule, despite the snow and ice last week. As a result Bassett Avenue was reopened both ways from 6am this morning (Friday 9 March).
Phase two of the work to resurface Bassett Avenue overnight will go ahead as planned from 8pm Monday 12 March. The resurfacing will require the full closure of Bassett Avenue in both directions between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday for up to three weeks.

Bhangra/Bollywood Dance Classes

In addition to studying law, Chilworth resident Jasmine Sandhu is proving to be something of an entrepreneur.  Having discovered a passion for dance at a very early age, she has already met success when organising Bhangra/Bollywood Fusion dance classes in Southampton.  Now she is set on repeating that by putting them on at Chilworth Hall, starting on 9th February.

In her own words: “I decided to start my dance business last summer and it’s gone really well – it pulled the Southampton community together, and we feel like a family. I aim to promote equality, diversity, mental wellness as well as physical fitness. Seeing happy faces and knowing how much students enjoy my class is the best feeling – dance is everything to me! It’s especially satisfying when parents tell me how much confidence their children have gained, as I can empathise with that from my own experience.

Find out more, including how to contact Jasmine, by visiting her her business’s website.