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Frayn in literary coup

Our good friend John Miller has managed to land another literary superstar for a night at The Winchester Guildhall, In Conversation with the renowned author and playwright Michael Frayn. Michael’s play Copenhagen was revived at Chichester Festival Theatre...

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Hoot of a boot

Our annual Car Boot Sale has raised nearly £1,900 Fifty car booters filled the park at Bramdean for the event which has been masterminded by local resident Caroline Stanley for an incredible 32 years. Caroline is now going to take a well-deserved rest from...

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New Trustee

Chrissie Barlow has joined the Home-Start Winchester board. She has lived in Hampshire all her life, apart from brief periods in the West Country, Kent and London where she began her working life in the Diplomatic Corps, becoming one of four secretaries to...

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Smashing Tennis

Our charity tennis tournament has raised £2,500 to support local families. Some 80 tennis players enjoyed a breezy morning of matches on courts in Winchester, Cheriton, Old Alresford, Kilmeston, Bramdean, Swanmore and Upham, followed by a picnic lunch in...

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Mud was the order of the day as 50 intrepid walkers took to the lanes around Bighton village near Alresford for our annual dog walk.Participants could choose long or short walks and later, bright sunshine welcomed the weary travellers back to the village...

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Literary evening

Sponsored by Dutton Gregory Renowned author Claire Tomalin confessed she had secretly been house hunting in Winchester while researching her book on Jane Austen a decade ago. She declared that she had grown to love the city when she returned to the...

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Dame Judy returns

Dame Judi Dench put her rehearsals on hold and took time out to visit the Winchester guildhall for a Conversation with good friend and biographer John Miller. Backed by solicitors Dutton Gregory, the event raised nearly £7,000 to support our work in and...

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Fun in the sun

There was fun in the sun at Home-Start Winchester’s family Fun Day when some thirty children and their parents enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts and messy play. A delicious lunch was laid on with lots of healthy eats and there was an opportunity to...

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From child abuse to self-belief and university

A young Mum who was abused as a child – and who now hopes to start university as a mature student tells Home-Start helped to turn her life around. “From a young age I had it tough and when I was in my early twenties I had it tougher. I can only say this...

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MP Backs Early Intervention

"Home-Start does so much to help build the stronger society we all want to see,” said Steve. “At its heart is a belief that children need a happy and secure childhood that ultimately allows them to achieve their full potential. I don’t believe anyone is...

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