• Bruce's bonus: James gets first team call

    Hampshire trialist James Bruce had to make the 98-mile trek from Somerset to make his first class debut - after Wasim Akram pulled out with tonsillitis. Former Durham University student Bruce was at Taunton yesterday morning preparing to play in the Second

  • Cox prospers as Tremlett suffers

    Chris Tremlett got a Wasim Akram-less Hampshire off to the best possible start at the Rose Bowl - but then limped off with a foot injury. Tremlett removed both Somerset openers in his first five overs, either side of Alan Mullally's dismissal of captain

  • How Mark learned to mix

    Speech therapy and counselling has helped Mark to overcome the social difficulties that go hand-in-hand with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. Now he is studying maths at university and enjoying life.VickI Green talks to him about the disability.

  • Ice Skating: Skating mourns loss of Knocker

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a former speed skating coach who has died at his Southampton home after battling against a debilitating illness. Norman Knight, known as Knocker, was encouraged to come to the city by ice rink proprietor Charles Knott in 1952

  • Trant named safest UK firm

    A HAMPSHIRE company has been named as the best in Britain in terms of looking after the safety of its staff. Trant Engineering, which has its headquarters at Totton and carries out numerous civil engineering projects around the UK, was named as the winner

  • Back in the seat of power after 90 years

    THE Liberal Democrats gained power in Southampton for the first time in more than 90 years yesterday amid a dramatic morning of last-minute deals. New council leader Councillor Adrian Vinson said it was a historic moment for the city and unveiled his

  • Police chief to report on problems in Iraq

    HAMPSHIRE'S top police officer will make recommendations to the government about how to rebuild the Iraqi police force following a week-long visit to the country. Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan was the only Hampshire representative sent to the war-torn

  • Disabled boy's pets beheaded by thugs

    A DISABLED schoolboy has lost two dearly-loved pet rabbits after thugs broke into his garden and beheaded them. Lee Steege, 13, awoke to be told Gizmo and Emily had been killed, decapitated and their heads stolen in the middle of the night. The Cedar

  • Technology college for Sholing

    SHOLING Girls' School completed its transition to a specialist technology college with an official VIP opening ceremony. Youngsters lined the corridors waving flags as Southampton's education chiefs were shown around the Middle Road secondary school,

  • Second jobs blow

    TWO Andover businesses have been bought out with the loss of nearly 40 jobs. The old Southern Co-operative doorstep delivery business in Charlton Road was recently bought by Dairy Crest. This week the company announced the closure of the depot as from

  • First day in a tough new job

    THE woman charged with turning around Hampshire's beleaguered ambulance service steps into her new role today. Claire Severgnini was recruited for the £70,000 a year top job at Hampshire Ambulance NHS Trust after chief exec Richard Mawson suddenly quit

  • Fresh bid to beat rural criminals

    RURAL crime is taken very seriously in Wiltshire and a number of schemes have been operated in recent years to combat it. Now a new scheme aimed at uniting rural communities in the fight against crime is being launched. 'Rural Watch' will provide a means

  • Cruel Jealousy

    Stitched is your face Engraved so gently Sown with kind love But jealously paved. What stones I placed She glided over, Chaining your hands You passed my path. So through a sheet of glass With blurred subtle stars Shooting from the eyes I watch you kiss

  • No to homes plan

    OVERTON Parish Council has overwhelmingly objected to plans by Westbury Homes to build 75 dwellings on land at Foxdown. The application for full planning permission comes almost two years after Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council decided to sell the

  • Milford on Sea

    Milford on Sea, where else would I be? The island, the sea, The needles, the sea, The gulls, the sea, The yachts, the sea, The ferries, the sea, The trawlers, the sea, The steamers, the sea, Born on the Prairies, Far from the sea, In Canada, my homeland

  • If you want to get aheda get a hat

    TEST Valley Borough Council chief executive Alan Jones has left to become the new boss of Somerset County Council after seven years in the job. Councillors and officers gathered at Beech Hurst on Friday to say farewell to Mr Jones, who came to Test Valley

  • My Dream

    If I could rise up From the ground on angel-wings, As the almighty eagle, Soar high among the wispy clouds, I'd whistle into the gale, Laugh at the growling thunder, And out of the driving storm Believe I'd see Beyond the rainbow's arch Into the panorama

  • Borough's boost for children

    TEST Valley Borough Council has been awarded half a million pounds over the next three years from the Children's Fund to help improve the lives of children within the borough. Test Valley will receive the share of the £7.2m Hampshire has received from

  • Jumping for joy!

    CHILDREN at 3-2-5 Playgroup in Andover bounced for a week to help raise money for Happy Days Charity. Children were sponsored by friends and family to bounce on a trampoline and bouncy castle for around 30 to 45 minutes everyday for a week. Money is still

  • Green lighht for canopy

    NEW plans have been submitted to enhance Andover's Union Street shopping arcade. The proposal is to replace the existing flat roofed canopy, which officers say has a 'weathered appearance'. Members of Test Valley Borough Council's northern area planning

  • Talented duo show feast of Indian music

    TWO of India's most gifted musicians take the stage at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on June 7 at a concert sponsored by Art Asia. Shivkumar Sharma, pictured and Zakir Hussain join forces on the santoor and tabla to present an evening of Indian classical

  • Just the business!

    THE second annual Andover Business Fair held this week proved to be a success. The event aimed to give Andover-based companies exposure to both the public and other businesses and was attended by over 20, ranging from high street banks to a theatre production

  • Firm in thick in fight against SARS

    AN Andover firm has deployed the latest piece of technology to Singapore as part of the fight to control Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in hospital wards. Bioquell, which is based on the Walworth Industrial Estate and develops bio-decontamination

  • Woodland week first

    HAMPSHIRE will be holding its very first Woodland Week from 7 to 15 June with events being held in and around Andover. The week is designed to promote Hampshire's countryside with a substantial 20 per cent of the county covered in woodland. It features

  • A wing and a prayer ...

    NATIONAL powerboating champion Richard White is aiming high for the 2003 season after stepping up a class. The Chilworth-based competitor won the National Offshore Circuit Racing title last October. Now, armed with a new 'winged' boat in Saints' FA Cup

  • End of an era for Truscott

    Rupert Lowe described Brian Truscott as "a rock" before the Saints stalwart began his retirement after 25 years service as club secretary today. Truscott, 60, was assistant secretary at the Dell for three seasons before returning within a few weeks of


    Kevin Davies, the man whose late goal against Millwall helped Saints to their first FA Cup final for 27 years and earnt the club a huge cash windfall, has been released. The 25-year-old Sheffield-born hitman has commanded more than £12m in transfer fees

  • Plea to put brakes on car spaces

    EASTLEIGH councillors have called for the brakes to be slammed on plans to create more than 80 car parking spaces at the town's Fleming Park Leisure Centre. With the complex attracting more than one million visitors a year there is growing pressure on

  • Justin makes early inroads at Wentworth

    Justin Rose was one of the early pacesetters as the Volvo PGA Championships began under the grey, laden skies of Wentworth this morning. The 22-year-old Hampshire golfer, pictured, brought the sun out with a couple of early birdies while another of the

  • Review: Superb tale that abandons reality

    The Winter's Tale, Theatre Royal Winchester WHAT could be stranger than The Winter's Tale? A childhood friendship between two kings is destroyed when one suspects the other of making his wife pregnant. The queen is then tried and imprisoned on a jealous


    STUNNING Zara Phillips made her first official public appearance as a royal in Southampton last night. The Queen's 22-year-old granddaughter was with her mother the Princess Royal to name two new ships in a glittering ceremony at the city's docks. Zara

  • Oh baby, what a bus!

    CHILDREN who visited the baby bus parked outside Tidworth's Station Road Health Centre were treated to entertainment from Kooky the clown, face painting, badge making, a colouring competition and balloon sculpting. Health visitors working for Kennet and

  • Treacherous road gets new look

    WARNING signs and a new surface have been installed on a treacherous stretch of road where three people have lost their lives this year. A two-kilometre distance of the B3400, including Scrapps Hill, between Worting and Newfound, has just undergone a

  • Putting their hearts into it

    A NEW service for patients at Andover War Memorial Hospital has speeded their recovery and put one grateful man back in the driving seat. Ian Hewish, aged 59, from Tangley, has just got his LGV licence back and he says he could not have done it so quickly

  • Support charity soccer plea

    PLANS for a charity football tournament in memory of an Andover schoolboy who died after a bike accident are going well - but more support is needed to ensure the weekend is a huge success. John Hanson pupil Troy Parker died at Southampton General Hospital

  • Social worker on site for solstice

    SUMMER solstice celebrations at Stone-henge next month are expected to be much more popular than last year. Police estimate there were 23,500 people at the stones last year but because this year the solstice falls at the weekend numbers are expected to

  • Residents in protest over new brick wall

    ANGRY Chandler's Ford residents are calling for a brick wall - which suddenly appeared in their leafy neighbourhood - to be reduced to rubble. People living in Nichol Road are calling for civic chiefs to limit the size of a garden wall being built in

  • We name these ships...

    Make it a double! That was Southampton's order of the day when the city's identical twin superliners, Adonia and Oceana, were christened in a unique royal celebration last night. The Queen's glamorous granddaughter, Zara Phillips and her mother, the Princess

  • Women's Football: Girls get an FA boost

    THE Hampshire FA have organised their first-ever girls football six-a-side tournament on May 31 in Christchurch. The event has attracted many girls' teams from across Hampshire including teams from Southampton, Portsmouth, Aldershot and the Isle of Wight

  • In Port

    Today's Principal Arrivals: Autofreighter, ro/ro, 0001, 201 link; Arno, ro/ro, 1100, 201; P&O Nedlloyd Barentsz, container, AM, 207; CMA CGM Baudelaire, container, 1630, 206; Nedlloyd America, container, 2200, 205. Today's Principal Sailings: Hyundai

  • Tennis: GB call-up icing on James's cake

    YOUNG tennis ace James Chaudry is celebrating after being called up for the Great Britain squad to face Holland next month. The Mountbatten schoolboy has capped a fantastic winter with news of the call-up and is now preparing for what promises to be a

  • Cracking down on the Forest car dumpers

    PEOPLE who abandon cars in the New Forest are to be targeted in a new crackdown by police and council officers. Hundreds of rusting and worn-out vehicles are left on roadsides and in car parks every year and council taxpayers had to pick up a recovery

  • New leader for accountants

    RUSSELL Bowman, finance director for the Beaulieu Estate, is the new president of the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants. He takes over from David Lapthorn, a partner in Dorset firm Ward Goodman. Mr Bowman, who has been in his present job for the


    A COUPLE were left with severe injuries after two thugs armed with an iron bar burst into a Southampton flat last night. Police said a 49-year-old man had been beaten black and blue during the unprovoked attack in Colne Avenue, Millbrook. His partner,

  • We name these ships...

    Make it a double! That was Southampton's order of the day when the city's identical twin superliners, Adonia and Oceana, were christened in a unique royal celebration last night. The Queen's glamorous granddaughter, Zara Phillips and her mother, the Princess

  • So who will be top of the tots?

    DOES your son or daughter have what it takes to be named the top tot in Hampshire? Is your bundle of joy as adorable as last year's beaming winner - beautiful Chanel Parker? The Daily Echo has expanded its annual competition, now known as Child of the

  • Warning

    POLICE in south Wiltshire are issuing a warning after a spate of crimes targeting industrial lock-ups and small shops or post offices. The first crime involves a group targeting lock-ups on industrial sites, particularly those without alarms. The group

  • Mayor's salad day!

    VITACRESS Salads welcomed more than 100 people to its open day held at Lower Link Farm in St Mary Bourne. Among those attending the event were Test Valley Mayor Cllr Pat West and her consort Peter and the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Gerry Traynor

  • Butterflies

    Butterflies in my time Flit into love like changing rhyme, Change meanings all the same Then flit away to whence they came. In the valley on hills too Speckled wood, chalk hill blue, Charge solar powered wings Vanish as such pretty things. Tortoiseshell

  • Hello and goodbye

    WHITCHURCH'S Rising Fives Pre-School has welcomed Bridget Smith as joint play leader of its Wednesday afternoon parent and toddler session. Bridget, who joins Debbie Pullan at the group, has an NVQ in pre-school practice and also works at St Mary Bourne

  • Making a splash

    AFTER suffering two heart attacks and undergoing surgery an Andover man has completed a sponsored swim and raised money for the local branch of the British Heart Foundation. Laurie Broadhurst, aged 75, of Nestor Close entered the sponsored swim with niece

  • Simply Red stars to top Beaulieu bill

    SIMPLY Red will be entertaining music fans with their smooth soul sound in an outdoor pop concert at Beaulieu in July. The chart-topping band fronted by Mick Hucknall will be performing in the grounds of Palace House on Sunday, July 27. They are the final

  • Farewell meeting for CHC

    WINCHESTER and Central Hampshire Community Health Council (CHC) held its annual meeting and last public meeting on Monday. CHCs have been the patients watchdog body in the NHS for 29 years, but they are to be abolished on 1 September to make way for new

  • Siege suspect went on run from hospital

    THE MAN arrested after taking his mother hostage in an armed siege in Gosport went on the run for an hour after discharging himself from a psychiatric unit where he was being assessed, the Daily Echo can reveal. The 32-year-old man, who has not been named

  • Friendly woe for Eriksson

    ENGLAND coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has refused to comment on learning that Saints pair Wayne Bridge and James Beattie played in the friendly against Aberdeen on Tuesday. Tabloid reports today suggested Eriksson was furious when he was told the duo had