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FREE footie training

10:51am Thursday 25th March 2010

CHILDREN from a Winchester estate can enjoy free football training during the Easter holidays.

I'd love to find gardening job

Daily Echo: David Frost

9:36am Friday 12th March 2010

UNEMPLOYED David Frost, 28, is busy getting his plot ready for the first seed potatoes to go in.

I'll keep plot of memories

Daily Echo: STICKING WITH IT: May Bruton, with a list of all the  vegetables she plans to grow this year.

9:40am Friday 12th March 2010

WHEN May Bruton lost her husband Terry 18 months ago, she seriously considered giving up her plot.

Free, half-term fun on a truly historic day out

Daily Echo: Portchester Castle

7:38am Thursday 28th January 2010

IT will be free fun for children at a Hampshire tourist attraction during half-term.

Have a heart – give a gift

Daily Echo: A glaas of milk for Santa

12:03pm Tuesday 29th December 2009

HAMPSHIRE residents are being encouraged to put their unwanted Christmas presents to good use by donating them to charity shops.

'Win Christmas' with the Daily Echo and Haskins

Daily Echo: CHRISTMAS CHEER: Haskins general manager Matt Hill says festive sales are up 20 per cent.

11:13am Wednesday 2nd December 2009

TODAY the Daily Echo is offering two lucky readers the chance to splash out on the latest Christmas decorations, home illuminations and festive gifts.

I'm a busy bee

Daily Echo: TASTE OF HONEY: Bee keeper Tony Mabey.

10:24am Friday 25th September 2009

Kate Thompson has adopted a more frugal approach to life and has taken on an allotment with her partner Paul. This week she finds out about bee-keeping on an allotment.

Get active with free sports marathon

Daily Echo: TRY IT: Football is one of the sports being lined up.

9:00am Sunday 16th August 2009

Get active! That’s the message from organisers of the first event of its kind to get people in Southampton moving.

Bob and builder fix up cottage garden

Daily Echo: BACK TO FORMER GLORY: Bob Goddard, top, and Richard Curtis in Bob’s restored cottage garden. Echo picture by Chris Moorhouse.

7:50am Tuesday 11th August 2009

“GOING green” and “growing your own” seem to be new mantras for the people of Titchfield as they fight back against the soaring prices of fruit and vegetables.

Young performers on centre stage

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7:16am Thursday 30th July 2009

SOUTHAMPTON’S popular FREE K2 Urban Youth Festival will return to the city centre’s Hoglands Park on Saturday.

Take your partners for free dancing classes

9:12am Saturday 25th July 2009

FREE dance classes are being organised for young people this summer at The Point in Eastleigh.

Step forward for free walks on Common

9:12am Saturday 25th July 2009

FREE walks are being organised on the first Tuesday of every month for people to find out more about Southampton Common.

Free inspiration for sport and art

2:23pm Wednesday 15th July 2009

SPORTS and arts organisations across Hampshire are staging a series of free inspiring events for all the family, from July 24-26, as part of London 2012 open weekend.

Free fishing lessons

Daily Echo: Free fishing lessons

5:40am Saturday 6th June 2009

FREE fishing lessons are on offer next Saturday at Hiltingbury Lakes in Chandler’s Ford.

Growing fun... and friendship

Daily Echo: GARDENING PALS: Maggie Shepherd and Jean Anzalucca. Echo picture by Paul Collins Order no: 8609470

1:49pm Friday 22nd May 2009

Kate Thompson has adopted a more frugal approach to life and has taken on an allotment with her partner Paul. This week she meets some of the Oakley Road allotment holders.

Sally’s dash to bag 99p bargains

Daily Echo: Sally’s dash to bag 99p bargains

12:20pm Wednesday 13th May 2009

A HAMPSHIRE mum bagged bargains galore to mark the opening of Southampton’s newest credit crunch-beating store.

Free day focuses on environment

Daily Echo: Green tips for the home and garden include energy-saving bulbs and water butts.

4:40pm Tuesday 21st April 2009

A FREE day full of environmental tips, stalls, activities, food and live music will be held at a Southampton pub this Saturday.

Fine time to save yourself money cleaning the car

Daily Echo: Save money and wash the car yourself

7:30am Tuesday 24th March 2009

NOW that the weather is improving there really is no excuse to carry on paying to have your car washed.

FREE entry to Explosion

11:00am Tuesday 10th March 2009

PEOPLE living in Gosport are entitled to FREE entry to Explosion, the Museum of Naval Firepower in Priddy’s Hard, Gosport, every weekend this month.

Reduce your car’s carbon footprint for FREE

Daily Echo: Reduce your car’s carbon footprint for FREE

11:07am Monday 9th March 2009

IS your car more than five years old and do you want to save money on fuel costs?

Free science fun for children

Daily Echo: Free science fun for children

2:00pm Thursday 26th February 2009

FANCY piloting a superjet in a flight simulator, experimenting with lasers or sailing in a yacht wind tunnel?

Win family tickets to Manor Farm park

Daily Echo: LAMB IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING: Jack Frost the lamb in his woolly jumper at Manor Farm Country Park.

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2009

TODAY the Daily Echo has two FREE family tickets up for grabs for some half-term fun at Manor Farm Country Park.

MP offers tips to slash your energy bills

Daily Echo: MP offers tips to slash your energy bills

4:03pm Thursday 29th January 2009

IT IS a one-stop shop for tips on how to save thousands of pounds.

Working out in the great outdoors...

Daily Echo: Tony Legg

2:10pm Saturday 17th January 2009

FORGET treadmills and exercise bikes – owning an allotment has to be the ultimate workout.

Trading Standards call to report loan sharks

5:50am Saturday 3rd January 2009

TRADING Standards are urging people to report loan sharks as the credit crunch leaves more and more people embroiled in debt and misery.

Get back to your roots

Daily Echo: Get back to your roots

8:10am Wednesday 31st December 2008

IT IS set to be the Year of the Vegetable Garden.

Christmas dinner is sorted for one lucky family

Daily Echo: Butcher Simon Broadribb show the turkey to the Hewer family

4:12pm Monday 15th December 2008

CHRISTMAS dinner is sorted for Kev Hewer and his family – and he could not have been more delighted.

Win top ten books, CDs and DVDs

Daily Echo: READ ALL ABOUT IT: From left, Jo Warne, Jenni Donna-rumma, manager Phil Heighes and Andy Mort with the prizes on offer.

1:58pm Tuesday 9th December 2008

HERE’S one for anyone who loves books, films or music.

Win your Christmas dinner

Daily Echo: TASTE OF CHRISTMAS: Simon Broadribb of Uptons Butchers

11:38am Tuesday 2nd December 2008

TODAY we are giving you the chance of winning yourself your Christmas dinner.

Flight delight for soap fan Gemma

Daily Echo: Gemma Elliott (right) and Estelle Elliott are pictured getting close-up with actor Patrick Mower, who plays Rodney Blackstock in Emmerdale.

6:40am Sunday 30th November 2008

READER Gemma Elliott was the lucky winner in a Daily Echo competition to win an exclusive dinner at Emmerdale studios plus overnight stay.

Learn to breakdance for FREE at the Point

6:10am Sunday 30th November 2008

THE Point in Eastleigh is holding a FREE breakdancing taster session on Thursday from 6pm until 7pm.

Christmas savings

11:37am Friday 28th November 2008

Ditch the superficial sparkle of the the high street and celebrate the more traditional festivities that truly make Christmas magical.

Winning ways with old cards

Daily Echo: Echo picture by Stuart Martin. Order no: 7709836

12:20pm Thursday 27th November 2008

BUYING gift tags for all your Christmas presents can cost you money that you can easily save by making your own.

Panto tickets to be won

Daily Echo: LIGHTING UP THE SEASON Cast members of the Nuffield Theatre’s production of Aladdin

10:31am Thursday 27th November 2008

IT’S a Christmas tradition for all the family – a trip to the theatre for a classic pantomime show.

Readers festive tips

10:19am Thursday 27th November 2008

CHRISTMAS is coming but you don’t need to break the bank!

Save cash – win a festive trolley dash!

Daily Echo: FESTIVE FUNDRAISER: Vanessa Eden of The Stubbington Ark, with Mandy Collinson and Chris Jones of Sainsbury’s.    Echo picture by C

11:41am Monday 24th November 2008

HOW you would you like to bag your Christmas turkey, all the trimmings and other festive treats in one go – and all for a credit crunch-busting £1?

A computer store with a difference

Daily Echo: A computer store with a difference

11:20am Friday 14th November 2008

MANY Hampshire families buying a computer or laptop this Christmas will no doubt be put off by the prices in high street stores.

A computer store with a difference

8:40am Thursday 13th November 2008

MANY Hampshire families buying a computer or laptop this Christmas will no doubt be put off by the prices in high street stores.

Slither rather than shiver this winter...

Daily Echo: Helen Baxendale

11:45am Monday 10th November 2008

WHAT does actress Helen Baxendale, chef Anthony Worrall Thompson, weather forecaster Sian Lloyd and newsreader Jon Snow all have in common?

Tasty way to beat the crunch

9:10am Saturday 1st November 2008

AS the credit crunch continues to bite families are being encouraged to cook up savings in the kitchen.

Take care of the pennies

Daily Echo: Take care of the pennies

2:49pm Thursday 30th October 2008

LOOK after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves is a motto that pensioner Pat Wilson certainly agrees with.

Crunch bites for birds in winter

Daily Echo: Crunch bites for birds in winter

12:39pm Sunday 26th October 2008

Humans are not the only Hampshire residents that will feel the effects of the credit crunch this winter – the wildlife could suffer too. Corey Stephenson reports.

Students of a bargain can look on campus!

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3:38pm Tuesday 21st October 2008

IT is one of Southampton’s best-kept secrets but now the secret’s out it could save you money on your weekly shopping bill.

Make money with online questionaires

3:39pm Monday 20th October 2008

HOW do fancy making money from the comfort of your own home – with no scams attached?

Market proves to be trading success

Daily Echo: Steve and Mandy Riley on Mandy’s Make-Up Stall at Bitterne Village market

10:02am Thursday 16th October 2008

A community in Southampton is hoping to beat the credit crunch by launching its first market.

Don’t miss out on free travel care

4:16pm Tuesday 14th October 2008

THOUSANDS of Hampshire people are among those who do not have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) enabling them to receive reduced cost or free healthcare when abroad.

How to cut MoT bills

4:14pm Monday 13th October 2008

WITH everyone trying to save money the last thing anyone needs is a costly MoT bill.

Rare opportunity to help yourself to free apples

Daily Echo: Apples

4:07pm Monday 13th October 2008

AN apple a day keeps the crunch away – especially when they’re free!

Advice for free at energy fair

3:11pm Friday 10th October 2008

YOU can find out about saving energy and pounds during a climate and energy fair to be held in Eastleigh on Sunday.

Raising curtain on cut-price theatre shows

Daily Echo: Frantic Assembly’s Othello

3:05pm Friday 10th October 2008

SOUTHAMPTON’S Nuffield Theatre is offering the chance to “pay what you can” for an evening at the theatre.

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