BISHOP'S Waltham Fire Station has revealed it was called to more than 200 incidents last year.
In a post on X, it said: “2023 required us 203 times consisting of: 21 property fires, 30 outdoor fires, 15 medical calls, 38 fire alarms, four chimney fires, six lift rescues, 21 road traffic collisions, two animal rescues, 19 other and 47 standby other station.”

THE MEON Valley Lions Club is supporting the Fishing Festival at Western Shore near Netley.
The event will be held on Sunday, January 28, from 10.30am to 3pm, with booking in from 9am.
A lions club spokesman said: “This is an event we have supported for over 40 years although the early start doesn’t get any easier. The monies go to support the wonderful work at Rose Road Association Southampton.”

A NEW support group for autistic adults is starting in Swanmore.
Autism Hampshire's Swanmore Serendipity Community Group will be held twice a month on Thursdays from 11.15am - 1.15pm.
The free support group is for autistic adults to share interests and experiences. 
For more information, email or visit 

A SWANMORE pub is holding regular art classes.
The Rising Sun is giving people the opportunity to recreate a famous piece of art on the first Thursday and last Saturday of the month.
On Thursday, the classes are held from 9.30am - 12pm and on Saturdays 10am - 12.30pm.
No experience is required, and the classes are taught by a qualified art teacher. 
It costs £28 per class, which includes A3 canvas, use of all art materials and a drink. 
For more details, contact or call 07811 978041. 

THE Rainbow Centre's annual Burns Night is fast approaching.
It will be held at Wickham Community Centre on Friday, January 26 at 7pm.
Tickets cost £35 per person and will include: a tot of whiskey, address to the haggis, two course meal plus coffee and shortbread,Woodsiders ceilidh and barn dance band with caller and ceilidh dancing.
For more details, contact 01329 289 500 or 

BISHOP'S Waltham Rotary Club Santa tour raised almost £6,500.
A spokesman said: “Santa and his trusty musical steam engine Roger were out and about in December signalling the run up to Christmas and this year we have been astounded by your generosity, particularly in such difficult times. 
“Once all collections were counted and totalled up you donated the amazing sum of nearly £6,500, which is up by nearly £700 on last year’s record-breaking total. With this money we will be able to continue to support local, national and international causes.”

LOOKING ahead, an eco fair is coming to Bishop's Waltham. 
The event will be held on Saturday, March 23. 
Sustainable businesses and organisations can apply for a table by emailing