Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

27 MAR 2017

First Group win local rail franchise

The Department for Transport has announced its intention to award FirstGroup the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise until at least 2024, in a joint venture with MTR. The operator will have the responsibility of running this key part of the country's rail network on which millions ...


25 MAR 2017

Hursley Plan is go!

On Saturday 25th March Hursley launched the first stage of creating its Parish Plan at a well-attended event in the Parish Hall. The purpose of the event was to get parishioners thinking about the aspects of the parish that they value and those they want to change. The next stage is a questionnaire...


17 MAR 2017

Winchester enters best ten on nationwide claimant count

New figures released from the House of Commons library have confirmed that the Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency has just 0.7% of the economically active population claiming Job Seekers' Allowance, which means the constituency is the 9th lowest in the country. It's the first time Winches...


17 MAR 2017

Steve Brine opens new office for leading Insurance Broker

Steve Brine opened One Insurance Solution's new office in Chandler's Ford on Friday 17th March. During a tour of the new office, Mr Brine, the MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, welcomed One Insurance Solution to what he described as a "fast growing hub" for insurance and financial services i...


13 MAR 2017

Steve Brine highights Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Steve Brine MP has joined Baby charity The Lullaby Trust in urging local authorities to ensure health professionals in the South East receive the training and support they need to deliver safer sleep messages to all families. The call comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity's national campai...


11 MAR 2017

A morning in St Cross

Steve Brine joined Cllr Fiona Mather and her team in St Cross on Saturday 11th March as they spent the morning chatting to residents about a range of issues. Fiona Mather is one of the area's long-standing Winchester City Councillors, and has been Hampshire County Council for four years. She is sta...


04 MAR 2017

Big Brew for Fair Trade Fortnight

Steve Brine dropped into Oliver's Battery on Saturday 4th March as he supported the Big Brew, one of many events marking Fair Trade Fortnight. The Big Brew was held at St Mark's Church, with the first week of Fair Trade Fortnight in Winchester holding several events, including pancakes at the Unite...


04 MAR 2017

Save Otterbourne protest against developers

The Otterbourne community has come together to protest Gladman Developments decision to appeal the council's decision to refuse permission for nearly 100 new houses in the village. Local MP Steve Brine, Cllr Jan Warwick and Otterbourne Parish Council have led residents in saying 'enough is enough' ...


03 MAR 2017

Steve unveils Abbot Aston carving in Hyde

A newly commissioned life-sized sculpture which embodies the story of abbey where King Alfred the Great lies buried was unveiled at a packed St. Bartholomew's Church, on Friday 3rd March. The unveiling of the life sized sculpture in wood of 13th Century Abbot Walter de Aston was carried out by the ...


03 MAR 2017

Kings Barton site takes shape

Steve Brine visited Barton Farm on Friday 3rd March as the new Kings Barton development begins to take shape. As reported in the press, the first set of local first-time buyers are due to move in during April, and 800 of the homes must be set aside for social housing and for people on the council w...


03 MAR 2017

MP visits Nuffield Health Wessex

Steve Brine dropped into Chandler's Ford on Friday 3rd March as he visited Nuffield Health Wessex. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP met the new Hospital Director, Fiona Taylor, and they spoke about a number of issues, including their prevention and wellness work, as well as their partner wor...


03 MAR 2017

Dragon's Den Eat Your Heart Out

Steve Brine is backing a "brilliant idea" which is being driven forward by an enthusiast local Winchester resident. The JDryer, developed by Winchester resident Juliet Howland, is a new, simple and eco-friendly space-saving clothes drying rack, which provides over 3 metres of drying space. Juliet, ...


02 MAR 2017

MP backs local eating disorder group

Steve Brine is highlighting a local eating disorder group, following the launch of Beat's Eating Disorder Awareness Week on Tuesday 28th February in Parliament. Run by Trinity, the eating disorder peer support groups are self-help meetings held in Winchester city centre for people wanting to recove...


25 FEB 2017

New Girlguiding centre now open

Steve Brine joined Cllr Judith Grajewski in Chandler's Ford on Saturday 25th February as a new £270,000 Girlguiding centre was declared open. The centre, which provides for Guides, Brownies and Rainbows has modern facilities, including a main hall, toilets, separate meeting rooms, a kitchen a...


25 FEB 2017

Cllr James Byrnes joins latest Alresford Street Surgery

Steve Brine (and Popcorn) spent Saturday morning in Alresford for his latest popular street surgery. This time, he was joined by local councillors Lisa Griffiths and Ernie Jeffs, as well as Cllr James Byrnes, who is an existing WCC councillor and is standing in May's Hampshire County Council electi...


15 FEB 2017

The People of Early Winchester

Steve Brine visited the Guildhall on Wednesday 15th February, for the launch of an exciting new historical publication. The People of Early Winchester is the eighth volume in the Winchester Studies series, produced by the Winchester Excavations Committee and published by the Oxford University Press...


10 FEB 2017

Internet Legends hits Merdon Junior School

Steve Brine teamed up with Google and Parent Zone on Friday 10th February as the Internet Legends tour visited Merdon Junior School in Chandler's Ford. The tour, delivered by Google and Parent Zone is an online safety initiative that aims to teach primary school children practical tips for staying ...


10 FEB 2017

Launch of Central Winchester Regeneration

Steve Brine joined members of the public and local councillors at the Guildhall on Friday 10th February for the Central Winchester Regeneration Community Planning Weekend Launch, the start of the important process which will result in a new regeneration strategy for Central Winchester. JTP Architec...


09 FEB 2017

Steve Brine pledges to protect environment post-Brexit

Steve Brine MP is one of 10 Hampshire-based and 182 UK-wide MPs that have signed the Greener UK coalition's 'pledge for the environment'. Polling shows 80% of British adults think we need the same or stronger levels of environmental protection after we leave the EU, and The Environment Pledge - coo...


06 FEB 2017

A sunny morning in Hyde

Steve Brine joined Cllr Fiona Mather and her strong local team for a morning in the heart of Hyde on Saturday 4th February. Fiona is standing for re-election as the area's Hampshire County Councillor on 4th May, and the duo were out in force with two large teams including popular city cou...


03 FEB 2017

MP doesn't pull his punches at annual business breakfast

Steve Brine addressed business leaders from across the city on Friday 3rd February at the annual Hampshire Chamber Business Breakfast. Sponsored by Winchester Business Improvement District, the event, which was held at the Mercure Wessex Hotel, is an opportunity for businesses across the area to me...


30 JAN 2017

Fundraising launch to save City Mill

Steve Brine is backing Winchester City Mill as it seeks to raise £125,000 to carry out essential repairs to save the site. Dating back well over a thousand years, Winchester City Mill lies in the heart of the city and has, until now, weathered the course of time. However, following recent flo...


29 JAN 2017

Network Rail improvement works set for August

Network Rail is currently working with South West Trains (SWT) and the Department for Transport to deliver £800 million of investment into the Wessex Route through the Waterloo & South West Upgrade (W&SWU). In order to deliver an additional 30% capacity at London Waterloo station, Net...


29 JAN 2017

Steve visits Marathi Pariwar in Chandler's Ford

Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine dropped into a very special community event at the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. The South of England Marathi Pariwar has organised a Bombay street food festival each January for the past three years.  It is an active and growing group of local resid...


26 JAN 2017

Early Years Minister visits St Paul's pre-school

Steve Brine brought the Early Years Minister, Caroline Dinenage MP, to Winchester on Thursday 26th January, as she visited St Paul's pre-school in Fulflood. The Winchester MP met up with the St Paul's team last spring, and having discussed a range of issues with staff, pledged to arrange a Minister...


22 JAN 2017

Unity Service celebrated at Cathedral

Steve Brine attended Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 22nd January as the city celebrated its annual Unity Service. The evening was hosted by David Williams, the Bishop of Basingstoke, with Nigel Hemming from Winchester Vineyard giving an update on the work of Churches Together Winchester. The servic...


21 JAN 2017

A morning in South Wonston

Steve Brine joined up with Cllr Jan Warwick on Saturday 21st January as a large team spoke to residents across South Wonston. Cllr Warwick, who is standing for the Downlands division in this May's Hampshire County Council elections, was also joined by two teams of students from the Winchester Stude...


18 JAN 2017

Steve Brine MP encourages look at Marriage and Civil Partner tax break

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, Steve Brine is encouraging married couples and civil partners to look at a government scheme which may save them over £200 in tax. The Transferable Marriage Allowance was introduced in April 2015, and allows a spouse who doesn't pay income tax to...


16 JAN 2017

A303 consultation launched

A consultation for the A303 Stonehenge tunnel scheme has now been launched. The government is committed to improving the transport infrastructure to the South West, to allow what has been a frequently overlooked part of the country to develop further and boost economic growth. This is one of the b...


16 JAN 2017

Welcome for local pothole funding

Steve Brine has welcomed news that local road-users will benefit from a dedicated £2,123,000 pothole fund, which will keep the country moving and build a country that works for everyone. This cash is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local road that the government is allocating to council...


14 JAN 2017

A morning in Winnall

Steve Brine joined Cllr Fiona Mather and her strong team as they spent the morning chatting to residents across Winnall. Cllr Mather represents the area, which falls under the Eastgate division, on Hampshire County Council, and is standing for re-election in May. The team spoke to a large number o...


12 JAN 2017

MP holds latest ASKtheNHS meeting

Despite the snow, Steve Brine held a public meeting this evening focussed on the future of the local NHS. The event heard from a top panel of key local clinicians, made up of Mr Richard Samuel, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan Lead from NHS South Eastern Hampshire CCG, Dr Andrew Bishop, t...


05 JAN 2017

MP meets new Chief Constable

Steve Brine visited the Hampshire Fire and Police Headquarters in Chandler's Ford on Thursday 5th January as he met up for the first time with the new Chief Constable for Hampshire, Olivia Pinkney. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was able to cover a lot of ground in the session, w...


17 DEC 2016

The secret is out! Winchester best place to live

Winchester is the best place to live in the UK in terms of quality of life, a study has found. Scotland's Orkney Islands took second place, while Wychavon in Worcestershire came third in the Halifax study.It looked at a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates. One k...


16 DEC 2016

MP drops into Young Carers to celebrate Local Charities Day

Steve Brine visited the team at Winchester & District Young Carers on Friday 16th December as he joined people across the country celebrating Local Charities Day. Young Carers is a local charity that supports children and young people who care for a family member with a long-term illness or dis...


16 DEC 2016

City pub wins tourism award

A Winchester pub has won a Bronze Award in a competition organised by Tourism South East. The Old Vine, run by Marcelo Pugliese and Ashton Gray, is based in The Square, and the team picked up the gong at the Ageas Bowl ceremony which saw businesses across the south east praised for their excellence...


15 DEC 2016

Dan Smyth wins MP Christmas Card competition

Dan Smyth, from St Faith's C of E Primary School, has won Steve Brine's sixth annual Christmas Card competition. The 6 year old follows in the footsteps of previous winners Daisy Conway, Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat, Ellis Gauntlett Boak and Gabrielle Panayides and won first place with a painting o...


14 DEC 2016

ASKtheNHS returns in January

MP Steve Brine is set to hold the latest of his ASKtheNHS events as the NHS publishes its Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on the future of local NHS services. The STP will plot the course for future health, social care and public health provision across Hampshire and will, early in the...


14 DEC 2016

Concern over accident increase on M3

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has expressed "growing concern" over the increase in accidents on the local stretch of the M3. Data on junctions 9-13 collected by Highways England shows a comparative increase between the respective periods April-October across 2015-2016, with 28 acc...


13 DEC 2016

New train bid 'best kept secret' says MP

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine met with Alliance Rail today (Tuesday 13th December 2016) to discuss their bid to run a new service from Southampton to London Waterloo. The company is making a bid to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) for a non-franchised 'open access service' that w...


12 DEC 2016

Winchester MP welcomes sentence review for dangerous drivers

Steve Brine has welcomed a Government proposal to significantly strengthen sentences for those convicted of dangerous driving. The Government has committed to ensuring the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender ...


09 DEC 2016

Annual visit to posties

Steve Brine dropped into Winnall early on Friday morning as he visited the posties working hard to deliver the Christmas mail. The MP was visiting the postal depot before Christmas for the seventh year running, and as well as taking a tour and chatting to the team, delivered some sweets, alongside ...


08 DEC 2016

HYDE9OO wins lottery support

HYDE900 has announced that it has been awarded £33,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver a programme of activities and events during 2017, explaining and interpreting the history, structure and site of Hyde Abbey, the final burial place of King Alfred the Great. This follows the b...


06 DEC 2016

New members welcome at stroke support group

Winchester Stroke Support Group is keen to welcome more members to its lively organisation. The group, which has been running for six years, meets weekly at St Barnabas Church Hall, on Mondays, and offers support, as well as various activities, socialising, visiting speakers and outings, to stroke ...


05 DEC 2016

Key players discuss Micheldever Station

Winchester MP Steve Brine brought all the key players together today (Monday 5th December 2016) for a top-level meeting to discuss commuter parking at Micheldever Station. Tensions have risen in recent weeks after a decision by Winchester City Council to impose a TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) regi...


25 NOV 2016

MP visits Twyford School

Steve Brine dropped into Twyford School on Friday 25th November, where he met with staff and children. The Winchester MP spoke at length with Headteacher Dr Steve Bailey, and had a tour of the school led by the Head Boy and Head Girl. He then took part in a stimulating Q&A session with the Scho...


24 NOV 2016

Clinicians publish local STP

Clinicians across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have now published their Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which will plot the course for future health and social care services launched by the local NHS. The plan recognises that people are generally living longer, but also living with multi...


22 NOV 2016

A Winchester Christmas in aid of the NSPCC

As part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Childline, the NSPCC has announced that Dame Esther Rantzen is hosting a star-studded candlelight carol concert in the beautiful mediaeval surroundings of Winchester College Chapel. At the event, on Tuesday 20th December, Dame Esther will talk ...


13 NOV 2016

Winchester remembers

Steve Brine joined thousands of people at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 13th November as he laid a wreath on behalf of his constituents on Remembrance Sunday. The service, led by Canon Roland Riem and Bishop of Winchester Tim Dakin, sang a number of hymns and heard lessons from Major Kevin McDonne...


12 NOV 2016

Pretty Woman in Alresford

Award winning beauty salon, Pretty Woman, has expanded to Alresford, and local MP Steve Brine has spoken about how impressed he is with the new addition to the town centre. The brand which also has a salon in Alton, has settled into the building that previously housed NatWest on East Street. Steve ...


11 NOV 2016

Insurer moves into Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a major insurance company has moved into new offices in Chandler's Ford. One Insurance Solution, the specialist home, car, van and commercial insurer, is moving out of Southampton city centre to new state of the art offices in the area. The move will take almost 1...


10 NOV 2016

Crunch time for village parking puzzle

The issue of commuters parking in the village of Micheldever Station is coming to a head as councillors ponder whether to impose tough new restrictions on local roads. Winchester City Council is considering a TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) for many of the roads around Micheldever Station after year...


07 NOV 2016

Ambitious plans for Knowledge Park launched

Business leaders and the City Council have come together with the University of Winchester and Steve Brine MP to launch ambitious plans for a knowledge park on the outskirts of the city. The group revealed they are actively exploring how to bring hundreds of new high skilled jobs to the Sir John Mo...


03 NOV 2016

Three Hampshire MPs write to Eastleigh Borough Council on Local Plan

Three Hampshire MPs have written an open letter to Eastleigh Borough Council asking it to halt "the unstoppable march" towards 7200 new homes in Bishopstoke. Eastleigh MP Mims Davies, Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery and Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine have all expressed concerns t...


28 OCT 2016

A34 safety campaigns kicks off in Parliament

Steve Brine joined a group of MPs who represent constituencies along the A34 as they debated safety on the road in Parliament. Led by Ed Vaizey, who represents Wantage, the Westminster Hall debate acknowledged the economic importance of the A34, used by 79,000 vehicles each day, but said major impr...


22 OCT 2016

King Alfred Weekend in Hyde

Steve and his children dropped into town on Saturday 22nd October as they took part in Hyde900's King Alfred Weekend. The King Alfred Weekend is Hyde900's annual showcase of the projects it has undertaken in bringing to light the heritage and talents of Hyde and its community. As well as commemora...


21 OCT 2016

Michael Gove addresses local residents

Michael Gove visited Winchester on Friday 21st October to speak to a large group of Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituents at the Holiday Inn on Morn Hill. The former Education Secretary and Lord Chancellor spoke on a range of topics, including Europe, education and justice matters, before t...


20 OCT 2016

Hyde Soldiers

Over 200 people attended St Bartholomew's Church on Thursday 20th October as local servicemen who gave their lives in World War One were commemorated.   The event heard a history of the Great War from General Sir Antony Walker, who lives in the heart of the area, alongside a number of songs...


13 OCT 2016

MP meets with Easton WI

Steve Brine met with members of the Easton Women's Institute on Thursday 13th October as he spoke about his role as a Member of Parliament. Around 20 members of the branch attended, as Steve told them about his life in the House of Commons, and the balance of working in Westminster alongside being ...


10 OCT 2016

MP calls for Blue Badge review

Steve Brine is calling for a government review of Blue Badges, after hearing 'very real' concerns about the current scheme from a Winchester resident. The local MP met with Deirdre Wood, from Hyde, at one of his surgeries recently, where she outlined her concerns that Blue Badges, which allow disab...


07 OCT 2016

Welcome for decision to protect office space in city

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed Winchester City Council's decision to invoke special powers across the city area to protect local businesses. An Article 4 direction, which forms part of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework, is a tool which can be used to provide additional loc...


06 OCT 2016

Flood catch up with Environment Agency

Steve Brine met up with the local head of the Environment Agency in Winchester on Thursday 6th October to catch up on their work and discuss future plans. Joining James Humphreys and Steve was Cllr Fiona Mather, who represents the Eastgate division on Hampshire County Council as well as sitting on ...


06 OCT 2016

MP and County Councillor visit ladies-only gym

Steve Brine and Cllr Fiona Mather dropped into City Road on Thursday 6th October as they visited Fitness In Time, a ladies-only gym. They were met by Peter Dewbery, who heads up the team, and met a number of staff and customers. Fitness In Time is a ladies-only gym in the heart of Winchester. Th...


05 OCT 2016

Ollie supporting disadvantaged South African children

A father and son from Winchester are set to embark on a mammoth cycle trip to raise funds for a special trip to South Africa. Michael Lambert and his son Ollie will set off from Warwickshire's county cricket ground in Birmingham to the home of Hampshire, the Ageas Bowl in Eastleigh, covering a dist...


02 OCT 2016

Ten year old BABIES

Steve and his family helped celebrate a special birthday on Bereweeke Road on Sunday 2nd October. The National Childbirth Trust's Winchester BABIES group held their annual family fun day, which this year coincided with their tenth birthday, at Lanterns, where the group provides free breastfeeding s...


01 OCT 2016

Steve Brine and Fiona Mather welcome good news for Winnall

The new-look Winnall Community Centre in Winchester officially opened its doors on Friday 30th September following £132,000 of Hampshire County Council funding to improve facilities for Winchester residents and local organisations. The community centre, run by Winnall Community Association, r...


30 SEP 2016

Steve drops into the Carroll Centre

Steve Brine dropped into the Carroll Centre in Stanmore on Friday 30th September. The Winchester MP was able to catch up with manager Jool Heller-Dixon over a coffee and chat about how things are going at the Somers Close facility. Steve said: "We were able to speak briefly at the very busy Party ...


30 SEP 2016

MP impressed by local apprenticeship commitment

Winchester MP, Steve Brine recently spent a morning at Anchor Pipework Ltd, overall winner of the 2016 Winchester Business Excellence Award. Steve used the opportunity to meet Ian Paxton, Managing Director of Anchor and his team. Ian shared his experience of the challenges and prospects of leading...


29 SEP 2016

Memory walk fundraiser

A Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society will take place in Winchester on Saturday 8th October. Memory Walks see thousands of people raising money for a world without dementia across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. People of all ages and abilities join in, from grandparents to ...


27 SEP 2016

MP visits Winchester art exhibition

Steve Brine dropped into an art exhibition at the Discovery Centre on Tuesday 27th September. The exhibition, which runs until Sunday 9th October, is run by Winchester Art Club, which is open to everyone with an interest in the subject. It holds regular meetings, workshops and demonstrations, as we...


24 SEP 2016

Welcoming students to Winchester Uni

Steve Brine took part in his tenth Fresher's Fair at the University of Winchester on Saturday 24th September. The Winchester MP joined up with the Winchester Students Conservative Society (WSCS) at the busy event as the team spent a few hours meeting new students and signing up more new members. S...


22 SEP 2016

Supermarket end for 2016 Summer Tour

Steve Brine's 2016 Summer Tour ended with a successful supermarket surgery today at Sainsbury's Badger Farm near Winchester. Cllr Jan Warwick joined Steve for the two hour session which included a drop-in surgery in the main foyer of the store.  The pair were busy with shoppers stopping to cha...


22 SEP 2016

Celebrating 50 years of CPRE

CPRE Hampshire celebrates its 50th birthday this year and their group marked the occasion with a special bash near Winchester. The event, hosted by Presdident The Earl of Malmesbury, at Avington Park in Itchen Abbas was a chance to say thank you to volunteers and supporters and refocus the work of ...


21 SEP 2016

Huge donation to Trinity and Nightshelter

Two Winchester charities which support homeless people are to share a £1 million donation as revealed at a special event in the city on Wednesday 21 September 2016. The money has been given to Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Trinity Winchester, following the closure of a military charity...


19 SEP 2016

Summer Tour draws to a close

Steve Brine's 2016 Summer Tour moved into its final week today (Monday 19 September) with a day in north Winchester. The team spent the morning in the Dean Lane area of Teg Down meeting constituents and hearing their feedback on local as well as national issues of the day.  Local campaigner fo...


18 SEP 2016

Brand new South Wonston Pavilion

Many years of hard work came to fruition this afternoon as South Wonston's brand new Pavilion was officially opened at a packed event for all the local community. Local MP Steve Brine, attended with his daughter Emily, alongside Cllr Stephen Godfrey who lives in the village, the Mayor of Winchester...


17 SEP 2016

Kings Worthy railway tracks

Kings Worthy and Winchester MP, Steve Brine, is continuing to work with local councillors to address the unacceptable noise residents of Kings Worthy have experienced since the railway line was replaced earlier this year. After awaiting the 'regrind' of the new track over the Summer months, Steve h...


16 SEP 2016

MP drops into cathedral

Steve Brine visited Winchester Cathedral on Friday 16th September, as he met up with Annabelle Boyes, the Receiver General and Canon Treasurer. He dropped into catch up on a number of issues, including the major windows conservation project and the arrival of the new Dean coming up in February. In...


16 SEP 2016

Chandler's Ford School Places

Steve Brine joined Cllr Judith Grajewski at Hampshire County Council on Friday 16th September, as they met with the lead schools admissions officer, Martin Goff, to discuss future school places planning. The MP, who previously led the successful campaign to expand school places in Winchester in 201...


16 SEP 2016

Return of the Rural Oscars

Nominations are now open for the Rural Oscars, run by the Countryside Alliance to recognise and honour those who routinely go the extra mile for their community. The categories include 'Village Shop/Local Post Office', 'Farm Enterprise', Tourism Enterprise' and 'Local Food', and the winners will ha...


12 SEP 2016

Centenary of Winchester MP's death on the Somme

Thursday 15th September 2016 marks the centenary of the death of Guy Baring, the sitting Winchester MP who was killed on the Somme in the Great War. Lt Col Baring was one of 22 MPs who gave their lives in World War One, and at the time of his death had been the Winchester MP for ten years. He had v...


11 SEP 2016

Hampshire Country Sports Day

Steve Brine visited Tichbourne, near Alresford, on Sunday 11th September, as he dropped into the Hampshire Country Sports Day. There were a range of events and shows, including a falconry demonstration, clay pigeon shoot and a dog show, as well as terrier racing and a 'Canine Partners' assistance d...


09 SEP 2016

Opening of new cycle hub at Winchester station

Cyclists using Winchester station can now enjoy significantly improved facilities following the completion of a new Cycle Hub, as part of a £400,000 investment. The new hub was officially opened on 9th September by Conrad Haigh, Integrated Transport Manager for the Association of Train Operat...


08 SEP 2016

Rewarding Friends of the Family roles

Friends of the Family are currently looking for volunteers to befriend children aged 5 to 13 for two hours a week. Friends of the Family is a charity for vulnerable families and their children who live in the Winchester district. It is managed by Trustees and run by professional staff and volu...


04 SEP 2016

Bighton Fete

Steve took young Emily to the Bighton Fete on Sunday 4th September as they enjoyed a fun-packed afternoon. Alongside a BBQ and a special 'Dog Olympics', there was children's fancy dress and a dog show, as well as a range of raffles and a bake-off prize-giving ceremony. Steve said: "Bighton always ...


03 SEP 2016

Littleton and Harestock Show

Steve took his family, and Popcorn, to the Littleton & Harestock Show on Saturday 3rd September as hundreds of people attended the popular event at Littleton Rec. There was a huge amount of entertainment on offer, including an Army Marching Band, the Racing Ferrets, the Funfair, and the Model B...


31 AUG 2016

Nicaragua trip for Gavin

Gavin Brown, from Chandler's Ford, is currently raising money to travel to Nicaragua to carry out important environmental and charity work. He plans to take the trip with Progressio, which works in local communities alongside established local charities, based on the needs of local people. Gavin s...


30 AUG 2016

Proposed Traffic Regulation Order surrounding Micheldever Station

A number of constituents have been in touch with Steve Brine to share their views regarding the proposed parking restrictions to be introduced in the various roads surrounding Micheldever Station. The purpose of the order is to introduce new on-street parking and waiting restrictions to prevent obs...


29 AUG 2016

Pulling pints at the Easton Fete

Steve Brine took his family to the Easton Fete on Monday 29th August, where he was co-opted to man the bar! The Itchen Valley MP saw the event opened by villager Geoff Dee, who was attending his 49th fete, and the afternoon included a dog show, egg catching, wheelbarrow time trials, Stuart the Mini...


06 AUG 2016

Alresford latest stop for Summer Tour

Steve Brine was joined by all three Alresford & Itchen Valley councilors this morning as he brought his 2016 Summer Tour to Alresford. The team, all elected in May at the city council elections, spent several hours in the middle of town meeting shoppers and chatting to them about local and nati...


05 AUG 2016

Level crossing briefing from Network Rail

Steve Brine met up with a team from Network Rail on Friday 5th August as he was briefed on plans for a new footbridge at the level crossing by Sutherlands Way in Chandler's Ford. Network Rail are holding a public information session from 12-4pm on Saturday 6th August at the Ritchie Memorial Hall, w...


05 AUG 2016

Summer Tour at Fryern Arcade

Steve Brine's Summer Tour visited Chandler's Ford on Friday 5th August as the MP joined local councillors at the busy Fryern Arcade. The group, which included Cllr Margaret Atkinson (from EBC and the parish council) and Cllr Daniel Hatfield, spoke to a large number of local people over the two-hour...


04 AUG 2016

Checking out Boomtown build

Summer Tour met Summer festival circuit this afternoon as Steve visited BoomTown Fair.  It is a music and arts festival held on the stunning Matterley Estate near Winchester each Summer.  The event, now in its fifth year, will welcome some 60,000 people from 11-14 August 2016. Winchester ...


04 AUG 2016

Summer Tour visits Hursley

Steve Brine took Summer Tour to Hursley on Thursday 4th August as he met up with local councillor Jan Warwick to meet local residents. Jan, who represents the area on Winchester City Council, and is standing in the county council elections next May, introduced Steve to a number of villagers. They ...


01 AUG 2016

A visit to the Gurkha Museum

Steve Brine took his son William to the Gurkha Museum at Peninsula Barracks on Monday 1st August, for the opening of the 'Bravest of the Brave' exhibition. The visit was the opening salvo of Steve's 2016 Summer Tour. Steve, who had been invited by the Trustees, saw General Sir Gary Johnson KBE, OBE...


30 JUL 2016

Stanmore Party in the Park

Steve Brine took Emily and William to Stanmore on Saturday July 30th as they dropped in on another successful Party in the Park. Organised by the Carroll Centre and Winchester City Council, there were a range of activities and attractions, including a Skatepark Jam, an inflatable solar system provi...


28 JUL 2016

Extra parking at Winchester station

Winchester railway station is set to undergo construction works in the autumn as SWT build a new decked car park creating 60 extra spaces. The work, which will start in September, will provide the Stockbridge Road car park with more security and extra CCTV cameras, a new Help Point, clearly identif...


27 JUL 2016

HCC local government consultation

Hampshire County Council launched its Serving Hampshire consultation on Wednesday 27th July to seek views on different ways that the County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire can sustain the delivery of council services in the future, including through gaining more powers and funding ...


26 JUL 2016

Local MP supports Scams Awareness

Steve Brine has backed Citizens Advice Winchester District and Hampshire County Council's Trading Standards Service after they held a free event on 26th July 2016 at Winchester Discovery Centre to raise awareness of scams and how local people can protect themselves from scammers. The event was part...


26 JUL 2016

Community Plan for Highcliffe

Local issues in Highcliffe are set to be carefully worked through after residents came together to form their own community plan. The Highcliffe Community Forum for Action recently published the Highcliffe Community Plan, which is the culmination of three years' work by local residents. It contai...


21 JUL 2016

Pitt Vale proposal REFUSED by planning committee

Local councillors have rejected a proposal by Linden Homes to build 350 houses at Pitt Vale. The plans, which were submitted when the neighbouring Winchester Village site at Pitt Manor was still being built, had been highly controversial, and Steve Brine heard from a very large number of local resi...


16 JUL 2016

Successful Micheldever fete

Steve Brine took his family to Micheldever on Saturday 16th July as they visited the popular village fete. As ever, there was an excellent turnout, and the afternoon was blessed with nice weather. Steve said: "My family really enjoyed the afternoon, and it was nice to catch up with so many people,...


15 JUL 2016

Next PMQs ballot date announced

Local MP Steve Brine has confirmed that the third pair of PMQs tickets available in his public ballot will be for the session on Wednesday 7th December. The Winchester MP receives three pairs of tickets per year, and throws these open to a free and fair ballot every time they become available. Ste...


14 JUL 2016

Local car parking review

A mid-term review of Winchester's car parking strategy has been launched by Winchester City Council. The strategy, which covers the period 2014-2018, was adopted after public consultation in autumn 2013, and sets out the council's approach to managing car parking provision in Winchester, New Alresf...


13 JUL 2016

Consultation on Mobile Post Office for Micheldever

The Post Office has announced proposals to restore Post Office services to Micheldever, as well as part of a plan to serve a number of communities around Barton Stacey. Since the closure of a number of offices across the area, they have continued to look for a solution to restore these services, an...


12 JUL 2016

Hampshire farmers urged to look out and look up

With a tractor bringing down a power line in the Kings Worthy area last week and putting off the power for over 1,900 customers, farmers in Hampshire are being urged to be extra careful when working near electricity equipment. Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) is asking farmers to make su...


08 JUL 2016

Great local news in national congenital heart disease review

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Southampton Children's Hospital, which specialises in children's heart surgery, has been confirmed as one of the top-performing hospitals in the country, after NHS England announced action to ensure core standards of quality and sustainability across all speci...


07 JUL 2016

Update on new rail franchise

The government has now published the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the next South Western rail franchise. This sets out the government's plans for significant improvements for passengers using South Western rail services, including enhancements to the train service and ambitious plans for modern t...


02 JUL 2016

Sams 40th birthday marked in city

Steve Brine joined up with Winchester Samaritans on Saturday 2nd July as they celebrated their 40th birthday in the city at the Bishop's Residence in College Street. The Winchester MP was on hand to say a few words to current and past volunteers about how much the community values the work that the...


01 JUL 2016

Steve drops in on Jelerang

Steve Brine visited a south Winchester hamlet on Friday 1st July as he dropped in on the team at Jelerang. The small tech business, based in Standon, between Pitt and Hursley, came in the top 100 of Small Business Saturday last year, and asked to meet with Steve so they could brief him on their sug...


28 JUN 2016

MP welcomes next wave of broadband rollout

Steve Brine has welcomed news that thousands more homes and business will soon have access to superfast broadband, as the multi-million pound second wave of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband programme gets underway. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has long-campaigned for better service, bot...


23 JUN 2016

Alresford restaurant nominated in national competition

Shapla in Alresford has been nominated by Steve Brine MP to take part in the prestigious Tiffin Cup, a competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. The Tiffin Cup is now in its 11th year, and last year MPs nominated over 120 restaurants across the country. The Cup is awarded ...


18 JUN 2016

Kings Worthy family fun day

Steve Brine dropped into Kings Worthy on Saturday 18th June as he joined in a local family fun day. Held by Kings Worthy pre-school, Steve and his family, including Popcorn, met up with Kelly Valentine, chair of the PFTA, and a group of local friends. Steve, who donated a prize for the raffle, sai...


16 JUN 2016

New flood defence for Winchester

Flood defences in Winchester will be strengthened thanks to a £895,000 joint project by Hampshire County Council and partner organisations. HCC Leader, Cllr Roy Perry has approved the start of the tendering process for the joint scheme which is funded by Hampshire County Council (£250,0...


14 JUN 2016

Fryern ASB consultation set to be launched

A consultation will be launched next week to look at ways of tackling the anti social behaviour experienced by local shoppers at Fryern Arcade. A group of daytime drinkers who have assembled at the popular shopping location has been increasingly disturbing both shop-owners and customers over the pa...


13 JUN 2016

Update on local HGV problem

Following work from Steve Brine and Cllr Judith Grajewski, a number of 'unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles' signs have been put up in Hiltingbury. The number of HGVs travelling through the area, in particular using Hocombe Road and Hiltingbury Road, has increased hugely over recent years, and Stev...


11 JUN 2016

Steve and family join in Cathedral Street Party

Steve Brine took his family to Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 11th June as they took part in a special Street Party. The event on Saturday afternoon was part of a weekend of celebration organised by the Cathedral and was a wonderful opportunity to say goodbye to the Dean, James Atwell, and celeb...


10 JUN 2016

MP visits leading cricket business in Twyford

Steve Brine visited the Hazeley Estate in Twyford on Friday 10th June as he met up with one of the world's leading cricket helmet manufacturers. Masuri, whose helmets are used by hundreds of top cricketers across the globe, was founded in Cape Town in 1988 before making the UK its home for both man...


10 JUN 2016

Relaunch of spare change scheme

Steve Brine joined up with a host of local organisations and volunteers on Friday 10th June as was on hand to relaunch a local scheme for people who are homeless in the city. Winchester City Council, Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Trinity Day Centre are all working in partnership on 'Spare ch...


30 MAY 2016

Home fixture for new Mayor

Steve and his family met up with the new Mayor of Winchester today (Monday 30 May 2016) at the Kings Worthy fete. The May Bank Holiday event was organised by St Mary's Church and warm weather brought out the crowds as well as dozens of stalls selling gifts or food.  Many local organisations, i...


20 MAY 2016

Picnic celebrates vast Ofsted improvement

Steve Brine visited Oliver's Battery Primary School over lunchtime on Friday 20th May to join in celebrations over the school's recent Ofsted result. The school was in 'Special Measures' not so long ago, and had more recently been 'Requires Improvement'. The latest Ofsted report was published earli...


20 MAY 2016

Extension opened at city school

Steve Brine joined a host of dignitaries in Highcliffe on Friday 20th May as he helped open a £1.5m new extension. The Winchester MP was at All Saints C of E Primary School to cut the ribbon with Major Ron Cassidy. The ceremony was also attended by, amongst many others, Bishop Tim Dakin and n...


19 MAY 2016

Royal Warrant for local business

Steve Brine dropped into Forte Kitchen in Parchment Street on Thursday 19th May, as he met up with the team from First Option Software. The company was celebrating being granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment for services to the Queen, and Steve was able to pop in on his return from Parliament to t...


16 MAY 2016

MP opens modernised Post Office

Steve Brine cut the ribbon at the modernised Oliver's Battery Post Office on Monday 16th May, surrounded by local residents and customers as well as children from Oliver's Battery Primary School. The branch was closed for 10 days for modernisation, and Post Office services are now provided from an ...


15 MAY 2016

Steve Brine visits Winnall Primary School

Steve Brine dropped into Winnall Primary School on Friday 13th May to meet some of the team after excellent improvements have been made to the school. The Winchester MP met with headteacher Jon James and deputy chair of governors, Rosemary Walker, to discuss the current situation at the school alon...


15 MAY 2016

Packed audience hears EU debate

Steve Brine chaired a packed debate on the EU referendum as part of the inaugural Winchester Speakers Festival on Sunday 15th May. Held at Winchester Discovery Centre, the 180-seat venue was a sell-out as local people heard from Denis MacShane and Robert Buckland MP for the Remain side, and Jacob R...


12 MAY 2016

MP attends packed Station Approach exhibition

Steve Brine popped into the Guildhall on Thursday 11th May to view the public exhibition of proposed schemes for Station Approach. One of the two schemes, by Winchester-based Design Engine and London-based Hopkins Architects, will go forward to the City Council's new Cabinet on 19th May, and the Wa...


07 MAY 2016

MP visits butterfly reserve

Steve Brine has 'adopted' one of Hampshire's most threatened moths in a bid to boost its numbers. The nationally scarce Striped Lychnis moth is in decline across the UK, but can be found in small numbers at Butterfly Conservation's (BC) Magdalen Hill Down Reserve near Winchester. The Winchester &a...


07 MAY 2016

Friends of St Cross Annual Friends Day

Steve Brine visited St Cross Hospital on Saturday 7th May as he spoke to the AGM at their annual Friends Day. Friends of St Cross is now into its fifth year, having launched in 2011, and is an independent charity which seeks to assist the Trustees of the Hospital in funding the maintenance of the p...


07 MAY 2016

MP visits Community Day in city

Steve Brine took young William along to Fulflood on Saturday 7th May for the annual St Paul's Church Community Day. Held once again at the church, the event was supported by a range of local people and organisations, including Charters and Godwins Solicitors, featured performances from St Paul's pr...


07 MAY 2016

Conservatives comfortably re-elected at City Council

Winchester Conservatives comfortably retained control of the City Council today (Saturday) after all-out elections. Every seat on the council was up for grabs after boundary changes reduced the total number of councillors from 57 to 45. It meant a new set of wards contested with many councillors st...


06 MAY 2016

Election success in Hiltingbury

The Conservatives consolidated their strong position in Hiltingbury on Thursday 5th May with big wins in both wards, as they welcomed a new face to Eastleigh Borough Council. Well-known councillor Mike Hughes, who has long been established in the area and is known for his tireless work across the c...


06 MAY 2016

MP welcomes academies rethink

Local MP Steve Brine says it is 'excellent news' after a Government rethink was announced on forcing all schools to become academies. It had been revealed, in the 2016 Budget and the current Education White Paper, that all schools must be in the process of conversion by the end of this Parliament a...


06 MAY 2016

Steve Brine visits new Park Road development

Steve Brine dropped into Park Road on Friday 6th May as he took a look round a 'stunning' new small development. Clarendon Court has been built on the site of the old large Park House property, and is a collection of eight apartments and two detached houses on this prime residential road to the nor...


02 MAY 2016

Another fantastic Fryern Funtasia

Steve Brine dropped into Chandler's Ford with his son William as they visited this year's Fryern Funtasia on Monday 2nd May. As well as chatting to lots of local people taking in the event, Steve spoke with Chandler's Ford Churches Together and the Chandler's Ford Rotary club, who he addressed last...


29 APR 2016

Opening of the Hopkins Building at Peter Symonds

Steve Brine joined a host of dignitaries and guests at Peter Symonds on Friday 29th April as Prince Edward opened the new Hopkins Building. Prior to the unveiling of the building, named after long-standing former Principal Neil Hopkins, there were demonstrations on the Inner Field to mark the ...


29 APR 2016

MP visits Perins in Alresford

Steve Brine visited Perins school in Alresford on Friday 29th April, as he met the new headteacher over lunchtime. The Alresford MP had much to discuss with Steve Jones, who took up the post in September, including the Government's Education White Paper, 'Educational excellence everywhere' and...


27 APR 2016

Careers evening at Westgate

The Westgate School held a busy careers evening on Wednesday 27th April, with businesses, institutions and the services on hand to chat with children and parents about future employment opportunities. Following a recent conversation with the school, Steve Brine arranged for some of his team to be p...


23 APR 2016

Hyde 900 community dig

Local Winchester MP Steve Brine joined forces with scores of volunteers last weekend (22-24 April) in a community archaeological project organised by HYDE900 and supported by WARG (the society for Winchester archaeology and local history) to investigate a key corner of the Hyde Abbey site adjacent...


22 APR 2016

Good news on local unemployment

Winchester has one of the lowest claimant counts in the country, after House of Commons figures revealed that just 0.7% of the working age population are unemployed. The figures for March 2016 put Winchester 623rd highest, out of 650 constituencies, with the UK's average claimant figure at 2.5%, an...


19 APR 2016

Another chance to comment on Pitt Vale

Steve Brine is joining local councillors and campaigners in asking residents to comment on the latest submitted plans from Linden Homes for Pitt Vale, before the 4th May deadline. Winchester City Council has published amended proposals received from the developers this past week, with modifications...


16 APR 2016

Another busy street surgery in Alresford

Steve Brine held another packed street surgery in Alresford on Saturday 16th April, as he met dozens of local residents on the corner of West Street and Broad Street. The MP, who was as ever joined by Popcorn, was supporting councillors Ernie Jeffs, Kim Gottlieb and Lisa Griffiths, who are all stan...


14 APR 2016

Home Instead launch series of dementia friendly events

Home Instead Senior Care, an at home care company servicing clients in Winchester, New Alresford, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and surrounding areas has announced a range of events focussed on people living with dementia, as well as their carers. They have just announced their latest special screening...


05 APR 2016

Steve speaks to breast cancer support group

A support group for women surviving cancer welcomed Steve Brine to their monthly meeting in Winchester tonight (Tuesday 5 April 2016). The Winchester Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at Christ Church in the city and Steve, who chaired the All-Party Breast Cancer Gr...


24 MAR 2016

Improving primary school moving from strength to strength

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Ofsted say Oliver's Battery primary school is "moving from strength to strength". After rapidly improving, through sheer hard work, the staff and the children have been instrumental in gaining a 'Good' Ofsted rating overall and 'Outstanding' for their Early...


21 MAR 2016

Rock fundraiser raises whopping amount

Former County Arms landlord Martin Jacobs, who is running the London Marathon for a number of charities, raised £972 with his special Rock Legends concert held at the Theatre Royal on Friday 18th March. Local MP Steve Brine dropped in having been invited to meet with Martin, and his wife Lind...


20 MAR 2016

Steve Brine joins community cycle ride

Steve Brine joined up with local cyclists in the Itchen Valley on Sunday 20th March as he took part in the South Downs Community Cycle Ride. After starting the event, in Easton, Steve and the riders set off on the two-hour session, which was all organised by Heather Evans of the well-known Bespoke ...


20 MAR 2016

Winchester tops the bill again!

A prestigious annual guide has awarded the city of Winchester the title of the best place to live in the UK. The Sunday Times publishes its 'Best Places to Live' every year, and Winchester has topped the billing, with a write-up which praises our 'historic, cultured, foodie city' as somewhere with ...


19 MAR 2016

Milestone for local dog care business

Steve Brine had the pleasure of opening a new Doggy Day Care centre in Chilcomb on Saturday 19th March. After only 12 months since Happy Hounds was founded, it has established itself as one of the leading dog care businesses in the Winchester area, providing dog walking, dog boarding, and now ...


16 MAR 2016

Say Yes George - and he did!

Local campaigners are celebrating today after Chancellor George Osborne responded positively to the push for the South's first children's hospital in Southampton. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has led a campaign, launched in February half-term, to secure £2m match funding fo...


11 MAR 2016

Steve visits pre-school in Fulflood

Steve Brine dropped into St Paul's pre-school on Friday 11th March to spend an hour chatting to staff and parents. The Winchester MP had been asked to go along following his letter to the pre-school congratulating them for their recent Outstanding Ofsted report, and when Steve arrived on Friday mor...


10 MAR 2016

Extended pavilion now open at Fryern

The newly extended Pavilion and Parish Council office at Fryern Recreation Ground was opened in a special ceremony on Thursday 10th March. HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, officially opened the facility, in front of a large group including local councillors and the Mayor of East...


05 MAR 2016

An afternoon in Alresford

Steve Brine spent the afternoon in Alresford on Saturday 5th March, as he joined local councillors from across the area chatting to local residents. Joined, as ever, by Popcorn, Steve was also accompanied by local councillors Ernie Jeffs, Kim Gottlieb and Lisa Griffiths, as they spoke to people aro...


04 MAR 2016

Steve Brine drops into Toynbee

Steve Brine visited the 'significantly improved' Toynbee on Friday 4th March to catch up with staff and students at the Chandler's Ford school. The MP has been impressed by the strides taken by headteacher Matthew Longden and the team, and a recent 'Good' Ofsted report, published last Autumn, said ...


04 MAR 2016

MP meets local publishers

Steve Brine met up with Chandler's Ford publishers Chocolate Muffin on Friday 4th March, to learn more about how they have expanded their venture. Chocolate Muffin Publishing was founded in March 2010 by Kate Day and was originally launched locally as a creative writing after school club. It has no...


26 FEB 2016

The Bonnie Day Story

Steve Brine spent some time with Gill Johnson and Marilyn McGregor on Friday 26th February, as they told him about their exciting company, Bonnie Day. Bonnie Day provides wonderful and exciting activity sessions for older people to enjoy in care homes as well as professional staff training. Marilyn...


25 FEB 2016

Rock Legends fundraiser set for March

A popular former pub landlord is holding a special concert in Winchester on Friday 18th March in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity. Martin Jacobs is the former landlord of the County Arms, and went totally blind 11 years ago. He has osteoporosis, COPD pulmonary disease, and is in remission f...


19 FEB 2016

Say Yes George!

A campaign for a dedicated Children's Hospital in Southampton has been launched, with strong backing from key politicians, charity fundraisers and the Southern Daily Echo. "Say Yes George" went live on the front page of the Daily Echo on Friday 18th February, with Winchester & Chandler's Ford M...


16 FEB 2016

Friarsgate Surgery in Kings Worthy

Following extensive work carried out by local health commissioners, Winchester City Council and The Friarsgate Practice, it has been revealed today that closure of the branch surgery in Kings Worthy, which serves 52 people, is being actively considered. Back at the start of 2015, the Friarsgate bra...


15 FEB 2016

Steve Brine supports appeal to find stem cell donor

Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester, has thrown his support behind Zara Al Shaikh's appeal for people to register as potential blood stem cell donors. Thirteen year old Zara has leukaemia and needs a blood stem cell donation to survive. Zara and Steve Brine MP are encouraging people to register onli...


12 FEB 2016

Health secretary visits Hampshire

Steve Brine joined Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as they visited Winchester and Fareham on Friday 12th February. The first port of call was a private visit to Naomi House & Jacksplace, in Sutton Scotney, where they were shown around the region's hospices for children and young adults. Naomi Hou...


12 FEB 2016

MP addresses annual business breakfast

Steve Brine addressed his sixth annual business breakfast as the city's MP on Friday 12th February as he spoke to much of the local business community at the Mercure Wessex, in the shadow of the cathedral. Organised by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester BID, Steve was on hand to give his ...


03 FEB 2016

Electricity work set for Jewry Street

New underground cabling is set to be installed on Jewry Street, following problems with the electricity supply in the city centre. The work, which is set to be carried out by SSE, will take place from 8th February, and are expected to take five weeks. The first phase starts in Tower Street, headin...


23 JAN 2016

Recruitment open day in Otterbourne

Steve Brine joined South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) as they held a recruitment open day on Saturday 23rd January. SCAS were urging job seekers, people looking to return to work after a career break, or people looking to begin the new year with a new challenge to discover ...


21 JAN 2016

Education Secretary visits Winchester

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited Westgate School and the University of Winchester on Thursday 21st January. She came at the request of Winchester MP Steve Brine, who wanted to show her the new Lower School, which opened in the Autumn, and means Westgate is the first 'all-through' 4-16 schoo...


19 JAN 2016

Annual Winchester Swim 2016 has an Olympic feel

Winchester Rotary's annual Winchester Swim 2016 will be held at Winchester College's 25-metre Pool on Saturday 20th February 2016. Taking part in this year's Swimathon will be Olympic Swimmer Kathy Read, who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics, won silver and bronze at the Commonwealth Game...


15 JAN 2016

MP visits business hub

Steve Brine dropped into IncuHive on Friday 15th January as he met up with the business incubation centre with a twist. Based in Chandler's Ford, IncuHive provides mentoring, investment, office space and networking among a range of facilities, and was created and developed by entrepreneur and senio...


12 JAN 2016

Consultation on Eastleigh Local Plan

Hiltingbury and Chandler's Ford residents can have their say on the future of development across the Eastleigh borough with a new consultation document. The consultation on the Local Plan, to take the borough up to 2036, will run until 17th February. The government's planning inspector rejected th...


10 JAN 2016

Alresford Library needs our support

Hampshire County Council is currently seeking residents' views on how Hampshire's Library Service will look through (and beyond) 2020. Steve Brine said: "The council is holding a consultation which invites feedback on proposals set out in their draft Library Strategy and it could have implications ...


08 JAN 2016

MP visits local electricity provider

Steve Brine visited Scottish & Southern Electric (SSE) on Friday 8th January to meet with senior managers and discuss their plans for the next few months. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke at length with six top bosses at the firm, as they demonstrated the improvements they have mad...


08 JAN 2016

Flood consultation for Park Avenue

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Winchester City Council is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Environment Agency and the University of Southampton to develop a flood water management scheme around the North Walls/Park Avenue area of the City. A public consultation on this ...


05 JAN 2016

Theatre Royal Panto hits new record

The latest Theatre Royal Winchester pantomime set a new box office record with sales exceeding a quarter of a million pounds for the first time. Jack And The Beanstalk sold 16757 tickets at a total value of £265,000. "We have used the same creative team of writer/director James Barry and comp...


18 DEC 2015

MP meets HCC for broadband update

Steve Brine met with Hampshire County Council's Superfast Broadband team on Friday 18th December as he received an update on the roll-out of superfast broadband in his Winchester constituency. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP heard more about how the roll-out of wave two of the programme, wh...


18 DEC 2015

Legal High shop on Stockbridge Road forced to close

A shop on Stockbridge Road which had been selling so-called 'legal highs' has been forced to close following a court judgement on Friday 18th December. Steve Brine, who campaigned strongly against the shop, which worried a large number of local families, welcomed the case, which went uncontested by...


11 DEC 2015

Gabrielle Panayides wins Christmas Card competition

Gabrielle Panayides, from Sparsholt Primary School, has won Steve Brine's fifth annual Christmas Card competition. The 8 year old is following in the footsteps of previous winners Daisy Conway, Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat and Ellis Gauntlett Boak, and won first place with painting of the Angel Gabriel...


10 DEC 2015

Lego league kicks off in city

Steve Brine dropped into Winchester Science Centre on Thursday 10th December as they hosted the Hampshire tournament of the FIRST LEGO League. The League is an international robotics competition for 9-16 year olds, and this year the centre had 20 teams taking part from across the county. Education...


10 DEC 2015

End of year celebration for local student society

Winchester Students' Conservative Society met on Thursday 10th December for their Christmas dinner at The Green Man in Winchester, and to reflect on the past year. Chairman Ross Playle said: "After what has been a great year for us, the Winchester group has seen a massive increase in its membership...


04 DEC 2015

Steve Brine delivers festive cheer to posties

Steve Brine MP has visited Royal Mail's Winchester Delivery Office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Mr Brine was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Brian Gunter, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are wor...


03 DEC 2015

Steve Brine backs local workshops on Highly Sensitive Children

Steve Brine has strongly backed two local mothers who have organised a group for adults who care for Highly Sensitive Children. Nina Capaccio, a Personal Development Coach with a degree in Psychology, and Nicole Gabriel, who has a Master's Degree in Psychology, are both mothers to Highly Sensitive ...


01 DEC 2015

Arts funding boost and exciting news for Winchester

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the city is proposing to transform a former industrial site at Barfield Close into a Creative Enterprise Centre, following further good news for the arts sector in the Comprehensive Spending Review in November. The Winchester MP was delighted to hear that followin...


30 NOV 2015

Steve Brine welcomes huge boost for The Haven

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that funding of £2.65m will be given to a local Breast Cancer support centre, announced by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is a long-standing friend and backer of The Haven, and played a key role in bringing ...


27 NOV 2015

Steve Brine delighted at new fairer funding pledge for our schools

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that local schools will now receive a fairer funding deal following George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has campaigned in both the last Parliament and this one for the deal, which would reduce variations in funding per pupi...


19 NOV 2015

Christmas City is back!

Steve took his family down to Winchester city centre on Thursday 19th November for the opening of the iconic Winchester Cathedral ice rink and Christmas Market. The local MP joined hundreds of families at the event, which saw choir boys from Pilgrims School performing as well as firedancers on the ...


18 NOV 2015

Ben and Bethan win Guy competition

South Wonston pupils Ben and Bethan Bewick are looking forward to a tour of the Houses of Parliament after they won the annual Winchester Round Table Guy competition. The brother and sister team met up with Winchester MP Steve Brine on the day of the 57th Bonfire and Fireworks display at the Rec, w...


17 NOV 2015

Christ Church licensing service for David Rowe

Steve Brine joined hundreds of local people at Christ Church on Tuesday 17th November for a special event. The Winchester MP returned especially from Parliament for the licensing of The Revd David Rowe as Priest-in-Charge of Christchurch, carried out by the Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin. St...


14 NOV 2015

Team of the Month for Winchester City

Steve Brine took his son William down to Winchester City on Saturday 14th November as they took in an exciting match against Shortwood Utd from Gloucestershire. The Winchester MP, who is also Vice President of the club, joined a packed crowd at the 3pm kick-off, having presented Chairman Paul Murra...


13 NOV 2015

MP visits National Park top team

Steve Brine visited West Sussex on Friday 13th November to catch up with the South Downs National Park team at their Midhurst HQ. The Winchester MP, whose constituency lies at the west of the national park, had a full agenda with Chair Margaret Paren and CEO Trevor Beattie which included rural broa...


12 NOV 2015

Steve checks out Christmas preparations and building work

Steve Brine visited Winchester Cathedral on Thursday 12th November to see for himself some of the preparations being made by our Christmas City. He met with Annabelle Boyes, Receiver General and Canon Treasurer at the cathedral, on the rooftop, and was able to view the work being carried out in rea...


12 NOV 2015

Nightmare of 'straight jacket' seats presents opportunity

Local MP Steve Brine says local rail users have a 'golden' opportunity to shape future train services, and plenty of added motivation, as the busy South Western franchise prepares to go out to tender. The Department for Transport is running a competition to procure a new operator for the franchise,...


11 NOV 2015

RHCH rated 'good' by watchdog

Health watchdogs have given a thumbs up to services at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital – but said work still needs to be done. An inspection by the Care Quality Commission found that overall the hospital had improved since its last inspection and now the Romsey Road hospital has been give...


08 NOV 2015

City marks Remembrance Sunday

Steve Brine joined hundreds of local people at Winchester Cathedral on 8th November as the city fell silent to mark Remembrance Sunday. Nearly 1000 people assembled at the cathedral, including military figures, the Royal British Legion, cadets, the Bishop and the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Angela Cl...


03 NOV 2015

Steve Brine interviewed by school radio station

Children at Otterbourne Church of England Primary School were delighted to invite Steve Brine to be interviewed by them as a guest on their school radio broadcast on Friday 23rd October. The school has its own radio equipment enabling children to create regular programmes that are broadcast within ...


02 NOV 2015

MP speaks of challenges following HMP Winchester report

Steve Brine has spoken of 'significant challenges' facing HMP/YOI Winchester and the wider prison estate nationally following an independent report on the city prison. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke out after the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Her Majesty's Prison Winchester h...


23 OCT 2015

Steve Brine MP visits Winchester charity Daybreak

Winchester & Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine visited Daybreak Family Group Conferences in Colden Common on Friday 23rd October. Daybreak works with children, young people, and vulnerable adults across local authorities in the Southeast, London and the Midlands. A Daybreak Family Group Conference ...


23 OCT 2015

MP welcomes thumping by-election success

Steve Brine has congratulated Cllr Judith Grajewski after her resounding success in the Chandler's Ford county council by-election. Cllr Grajewski stood as the Conservative candidate in the division after the by-election was triggered following the retirement of the previous councillor, Colin ...


19 OCT 2015

MP welcomes dropped plans for Micheldever ERC

Steve Brine has congratulated a group of volunteers from Micheldever after highly controversial plans for an Energy Recovery Centre were finally dropped by the applicants. The Micheldever Action Group, headed by well-known local man Adrian Bates, worked hard with councillors, the community and thei...


17 OCT 2015

Another Alresford Street Surgery

Steve Brine held the latest of his Alresford Street Surgeries on the corner of Broad Street and West Street on Saturday morning. The Alresford MP is now into his tenth year of holding the busy sessions, and this time he was joined by local councillors Lisa Griffiths and Ernie Jeffs, as well as PCSO...


14 OCT 2015

Employment rises again across Winchester and the country

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed figures released today that show the number of people in Winchester claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit while not in employment fell by 527, a 65% per cent drop since 2010. The figures show that Britain's economic plan continues to create jobs and in...


12 OCT 2015

New video celebrates ten year anniversary for local charity

Home-Start Winchester has launched a video to celebrate 10 years supporting local families. The family support charity trains volunteers to work with parents in their own home. It helps them cope with the stresses and strains of life and ensures they have the skills, time and strength they need to...


09 OCT 2015

Steve Brine MP visits new energy efficient homes in Stanmore

Twenty-one new energy-efficient homes are well under way on the site of the former New Queen's Head pub in Stanmore. Today Cllr Caroline Horrill, Winchester City Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, provided Steve Brine, local MP for the Winchester and Chandler's Ford constituency, with a sneak ...


07 OCT 2015

Cameron leading centrist government says local MP

Steve Brine has said that David Cameron is more confident than ever before, leading a modern and compassionate, centre-ground government that is delivering on its manifesto promises. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was speaking moments after the Prime Minister delivered his annual Conferenc...


01 OCT 2015

MP meets students at University

Steve Brine dropped into the University of Winchester on Thursday 1st October to spend an hour chatting to students at the lively Terrace Bar. The MP discussed a number of issues throughout the relaxed evening, including the government's PREVENT strategy and football's Kick It Out anti-racism campa...


25 SEP 2015

Membership drive for New Alresford Town Trust

Steve Brine was guest of honour at The Swan Hotel in Alresford on Friday 25th September as he attended the new membership launch for the New Alresford Town Trust. The Alresford MP, who first visited the Trust back in 2009, was among over 25 guests and trustees who heard from Chair, Robin Atkins, ab...


25 SEP 2015

Local MP visits Lakesmere HQ

Always keen to fly the flag for the Hampshire business community, leading construction firm, the Lakesmere Group was delighted to welcome local MP Steve Brine to its Winchester HQ on Friday 25th September. Mr Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, dropped in to offer his personal congratul...


24 SEP 2015

Fresh doubt over new hospital

Local MP Steve Brine has warned that Winchester's health economy problems have not gone away, following news that local commissioners have said plans for a new acute hospital to the north of the city are not financially viable. The West Hampshire and North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, w...


23 SEP 2015

Alresford Salads hosts meeting with MP on Broad Street traffic

Alresford Salads, a leading watercress producer employing over 150 people, welcomed the meeting hosted at its Nythe site by Steve Brine, MP for Winchester on Wednesday 23rd September to discuss lorry movements in Alresford as well as the proactive steps the business has taken to reduce its impact on...


23 SEP 2015

Steve Brine meets up with new District Commander

Steve Brine met up with the new District Commander for the Winchester area on Wednesday 23rd September. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke with Chief Inspector Claire Edwards at North Walls over a number of policing issues across the area, including the Assistant Chief Constable's rural ...


22 SEP 2015

MP welcomes enhanced Bluestar service

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Bluestar has announced a revised timetable and new buses for its services across the region. The operator has taken on board customer feedback and made changes to several routes and times, including its Bluestar 1 - between Southampton, Chandlers Ford and Winchest...


21 SEP 2015

MP talks mental health in Winchester

Winchester MP Steve Brine dropped into the Winchester Wellbeing Centre on Monday 21st September to discuss current and future mental health services in the city. Following a pre-election meeting in Westminster with mental health charity MIND, at which Mr Brine agreed to support their 'Mind Manifest...


20 SEP 2015

Hiltingbury Extravaganza 2015

Steve Brine dropped into Chandler's Ford on Sunday 20th September as he took his family, and Popcorn, to the Hiltingbury Extravaganza. It was a fun-packed afternoon on Hiltingbury Rec, and there was a wide range of attractions and activities, including a ferris wheel, clowns, ferret racing, pony ri...


19 SEP 2015

Steve attends his ninth University welcome for new students

Steve Brine dropped into The University of Winchester on Saturday 19th September with a hive of excitement on the main campus as the main campus a hive of excitement as thousands of students poured in for the annual Fresher's Fayre. The highly anticipated event saw the University's societies and sp...


19 SEP 2015

Successful Worthys Festival Family Fun Day

Steve Brine took his family to Church Green in King's Worthy on Saturday 19th September as they took part in the Family Fun Day, which forms a part of this year's Worthys Festival, which lasts until Sunday 27th September. They joined hundreds of local people who took in live music, games, a juggler...


18 SEP 2015

MP speaks to St Bede future politicians

The next generation of politicians and voters were given a lesson in democracy from Winchester MP Steve Brine in the run up to their own school elections. Mr Brine spoke to 120 pupils aged nine to eleven at St Bede CE Primary School about his work in Westminster and the role of MPs. Mr Brine also s...


18 SEP 2015

New signal boost for Easton and Itchen Abbas

Vodafone UK has announced the beautiful rural communities of Easton and Itchen Abbas as the latest community in a rural mobile not-spot location to receive 3G coverage with Vodafone's Rural Open Sure Signal programme. Situated in the Itchen Valley, Easton and Itchen Abbas have until now suffered fr...


17 SEP 2015

New figures mean more security for local families

Steve Brine has welcomed new figures showing that the number of people in Winchester & Chandler's Ford claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit while not in employment fell by 581, a drop of 68%, since 2010. The figures show that the government's reforms to rebalance the economy and ...


10 SEP 2015

Scouts Log Cabin revamp

Steve Brine joined a host of scouts and dignitaries as the HQ of 11th Winchester Scout Group was re-opened on Thursday 10th September. The Log Cabin, on Stockbridge Road, was officially re-opened by the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Angela Clear, having undergone a £90,000 project to transform th...


07 SEP 2015

MP visits revamped Naomi House

Steve Brine dropped into Naomi House on Monday 7th September as he joined a families and members of the public touring the revamped Sutton Scotney hospice. Hosted by Appeal Patron Alastair Stewart, of ITV News fame, over 100 guests saw for themselves how the hospice has been completely transformed ...


05 SEP 2015

Thousands visit Littleton and Harestock Show

Steve Brine and his family joined thousands of people on Saturday 5th September for a hugely successful Littleton and Harestock Show. Held once again at the Recreation Ground, there were a range of attractions, including a climbing wall, a sculptor and ferret racing, while musical entertainment was...


01 SEP 2015

MP examines pavement parking problems for disabled residents

Steve Brine has called on Winchester City Council to enforce rules on pavement parking following a meeting with a disabled constituent in the city. The Winchester MP met with Angela Moody at a recent surgery, where she outlined the problems she encounters trying to cross roads and navigate her way ...


10 AUG 2015

Rotarians welcome local MP Steve Brine

The Rotary Club of Chandler's Ford & Itchen Valley gathered at the Potters Heron Hotel in Ampfield on Monday 10th August to meet newly re-elected Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine. Alongside over 60 guests, members of the Inner Wheel and invited local councillors, President Bill H...


01 AUG 2015

Summer exhibition at Gurkha museum

An exhibition of 200 previously unseen objects and archives recording 200 years of Gurkha Service to the Crown opened on Saturday 1st August at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester. The exhibition, which runs until 6th September, was opened by Brigadier Anderson OBE, the Chairman of the Gurkha Brigade A...


31 JUL 2015

Unfinished business at railway station

Steve Brine met with representatives from Osborne Property Services on Friday 31st July to discuss the footpath running from the station to Andover Road. The Winchester MP has worked hard on safe access to the station, and the issue was first raised back in November 2013 at Steve's AskSWT public me...


29 JUL 2015

Steve Brine MP visits the NCS programme

Last week, young people on the NCS programme in Winchester were delighted that the MP for Winchester & Chandlers Ford, Steve Brine, made time in his busy schedule to listen to their Dragon's den style pitches for their social action projects. The visit was hosted by Mountbatten School Services ...


27 JUL 2015

New community food enterprise in Otterbourne

A new community food enterprise has started in Otterbourne near Winchester and local MP Steve Brine went along on the first day of Parliament's Summer recess. Food Up Front is an enterprise that empowers individuals and communities to work on a healthy and fair food system is run by Winchester's Se...


25 JUL 2015

Baby Paddlers comes to Winchester

There's a new swmming opportunity for local children after Baby Paddlers announced their takeover of Duckling Dives swim school.  It now offers over 30 new baby, toddler and pre-school swimming classes a week in Winchester and Southampton. Baby Paddlers is dedicated to teaching children from 0...


19 JUL 2015

"Stunning" Warren Centre opened at Micheldever Station

Watched by more than 200 people, Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine officially opened The Warren Centre, Micheldever Station's new social, small business and sports meeting venue on Sunday, 19 July. Built on two floors, the 410 sq m Warren Centre will meet not only Micheldever Station'...


18 JUL 2015

Steve opens Micheldever Fete

Local MP Steve Brine was on hand to officially open the Micheldever Fete this afternoon, Saturday 18 July 2015. The village put on its usual huge effort to raise funds for St Mary's Church including; a grand draw, an auction, a dog show, BobKart racing, brass band, tug of war and even Sumo wrestlin...


18 JUL 2015

Street surgery in Alresford

Winchester & Alresford MP Steve Brine brought his long-running street surgery back to Alresford this morning (Saturday 18 July 2015) where he enjoyed two very warm hours meeting constituents. As ever, he was joined for the session by local councillors (Ernie Jeffs and Lisa Griffiths) and was ba...


11 JUL 2015

Hot weather once again for Wonston fete

Steve Brine took his children (and Popcorn) to Wonston on Saturday 11th July as the village came together for its annual fete. The MP took part in a special football shoot-out, and there was plenty going on, including a kids circus show, with the event being MC'd by Peter Clark. Steve said: "It wa...


10 JUL 2015

MP unveils new climbing wall project at Bar End

Steve Brine met up with constituent Marty Orton on Friday 10th July, as they unveiled a new community climbing wall project in Winchester. Marty, from St Cross, visited Steve Brine at one of his regular constituency surgeries two years ago with the idea having moved to the city from London. Th...


10 JUL 2015

MP hears about Brendoncare dementia facility plans

Steve Brine met up with Carole Sawyers, CEO of Brendoncare, on Friday 10th July, to hear more about plans to build a specialist dementia care facility at Otterbourne Hill. Steve heard how the organisation is very excited to be moving forward with their plans to provide the opportunity for people wi...


09 JUL 2015

MP attends Freedom Parade in city

Steve Brine attended a special Freedom Parade involving the King's Royal Hussars, which took place in Winchester on Thursday 9th July. The event was arranged jointly by the Regiment and Winchester City Council in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Hussars. The right of 'Freedom of Entry' ...


03 JUL 2015

MP meets with Ark Cancer Centre Charity

Steve Brine spent Friday lunchtime with the chairman of a new cancer charity raising money to set up home right here in Hampshire. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP met with Mark Jones to discuss the £5m fundraising plans for the Ark Cancer Centre, which would be built in North Hampshir...


28 JUN 2015

Ovington & Itchen Stoke Fete

Steve Brine took Emily and William to Ovington on Sunday 28th June as the village came together for their Ovington & Itchen Stoke fete. Held in the gardens of Lovington House, there were pony rides and a duck race, as well as the very popular fly-fishing demonstration. There were also teas, ca...


27 JUN 2015

Packed Gratton Festival

Steve Brine took his family to Sutton Scotney on Saturday 27th June as they attended the successful Gratton Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival keeps getting bigger and better and this year there were demonstrations, activities, games and music running through the afternoon and evening. ...


26 JUN 2015

Steve Brine visits new Lower School at Westgate

Steve Brine visited the new Lower School at The Westgate School on Friday 26th June to see how the facility will continue to grow. The new lower school opened in September 2014, and provides 420 places. Currently there are 60 Reception Year children, and as the years progress, moving up the years, ...


19 JUN 2015

MP visits school 'on the up'

Winchester MP Steve Brine visited Oliver's Battery Primary School and declared a school "on the up" after a number of difficult years. Mr Brine dropped into the school on Friday 19th June, his first such visit since being re-elected last month, to meet with new head teacher Fey Wood to discuss the ...


19 JUN 2015

MP visits Winchester CAB

Steve Brine dropped into Citizens' Advice Bureau in Winchester city centre on Friday 19th June to discuss the current work and future plans. The Winchester MP met up with Natalie Webb, the new Chief Officer, at their St Georges Street base, and explained how important it was for them to meet after ...


18 JUN 2015

MP resumes PMQs draw

Local MP Steve Brine is continuing his popular tradition of opening up access to PMQs for all his constituents. He will once again hold open ballots for tickets for local people. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP gave away three pairs of tickets each year throughout the last Parliament, and f...


13 JUN 2015

Excellent turnout for Hursley Fete

Steve Brine took his family to John Keble School on Saturday 13th June, as he joined a huge turnout for the annual Hursley Summer Fete. The fete attracted hundreds of people from far and wide, as well as villagers themselves, and was opened by Great British Sewing Bee judge May Martin. There was a ...


07 JUN 2015

Growing reputation for Winchester Criterium

Steve Brine has spoken of his pride after a record 8,000 people attended the Winchester Criterium and CycleFest on Sunday 7th June. The event, which is now in its third year, is now the biggest and best of its kind in the region, and saw competitors from as far afield as Bristol and Guernsey. The d...


06 JUN 2015

Wonderful weather for packed Alresford Music Festival

Steve Brine took friends and family to the Alresford Music Festival on Saturday 6th June as yet another hugely successful event was held at Arlebury Park. The festival was originally the idea of local resident Ken Veitch, in order to raise money for local charities, and he worked with fellow musici...


05 JUN 2015

MP supports local Friends of the Family

Steve Brine dropped into Colebrook Street on Friday 5th June, as he visited Friends of the Family at a special celebration. The party marked the special Under 5s project the charity has launched, and took place in the evening sunshine at Colebrook House. The Friends of the Family Under 5s Project ...


05 JUN 2015

Business excellence celebrated in city

Winchester's business community came together at the Guildhall on Friday 5th June as the city celebrated the 13th Winchester Business Excellence Awards. Winchester MP Steve Brine was among a host of local dignitaries handing out the awards, on an evening where local power plant consultants RJM Inte...


05 JUN 2015

Annual swimming gala held in city

Steve Brine was on hand at River Park Leisure Centre on Friday 5th June as Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club held their Annual Primary Schools Gala. The Winchester MP has been a long-standing supporter of Penguins, and has attended every year since he was first elected to represent the city in...


21 MAY 2015

Steve Brine welcomes Mail Watch trial

Steve Brine has back plans that will see postmen and women in Winchester playing a vital role as the eyes and ears of their community. A new pilot initiative has been launched in Winchester, in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch and Hampshire Constabulary, which will give more than 130 postmen an...


20 MAY 2015

MP attends Mayor-Making in Winchester

Steve Brine joined a host of councillors and VIPs at the Guildhall on Wednesday 20th May, as the annual Mayor-Making ceremony bade farewell to Eileen Berry. Cllr Berry, who represents the Weeke and Teg Down area on Winchester City Council, had been the 815th 'First Citizen' of the city, carrying th...


17 MAY 2015

Alresford Watercress Festival

Steve Brine took his young family to the prestigious Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday 17th May, as he presented a special award to some very talented local children. The Alresford MP was asked to present the Alresford Salads 'Design a salad' competition winners with their trophies and book t...


14 MAY 2015

Local MPs attend Eastleigh Mayor Making

Steve Brine joined the new Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies, and a range of councillors in Eastleigh on Thursday 14th May, for the borough's annual Mayor Making. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who represents the Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury wards within Eastleigh Borough Council, was also del...


09 MAY 2015

MP attends community day in Fulflood

Steve Brine visited St Paul's Church in Fulflood on Saturday 9th May as the Parish of St Matthew with St Paul held a special Community day. The day included attractions such as the mobile planetarium, a bouncy castle, a jazz band, and a host of stalls and activities for children, with entertainment...


08 MAY 2015

Steve Brine retains seat with increased majority

Winchester & Chandler's Ford residents have re-elected Steve Brine as their constituency MP, with a majority of almost 17,000. Polls were open between 7am-10pm on Thursday 7th May, and as ever, the turnout from this constituency was among the highest in the UK, coming in at 74.6%  Mr Brin...


06 MAY 2015

Steve Brine - a campaign wrap

Steve Brine spent Wednesday 6th May in Alresford as he held the final event of the 2015 General Election campaign in the Georgian market town. Ernie Jeffs and Lisa Griffiths joined the team as they held a busy street surgery on the corner of Broad Street and West Street, before the heavens opened a...


04 MAY 2015

Something for everyone at Fryern Funtasia

Steve Brine took his family to Chandler's Ford on Bank Holiday Monday as they took in the hugely popular Fryern Funtasia. Hundreds of people took part in this fourth event held at Fryern Recreation Ground, which is organised by local volunteers, businesses and Chandler's Ford Parish Council. Fryer...


01 MAY 2015

Harestock street surgery at the market

Harestock shops provided the venue for Steve Brine's latest street surgery of the campaign, on Friday 1st May. Local councillor James Byrnes and Prospective City councillor for the area, Paul Twelftree, joined Steve for the morning session. Steve says; "We were right outside the bakery which was j...


30 APR 2015

Steve Brine welcomes part-time season ticket pledge

Steve Brine has welcomed news that his campaign to introduce part-time rail season tickets has been recognised in the Conservative manifesto. Mr Brine made local commuters one of his top priorities in the last Parliament as the MP, and following a public meeting held in 2013, pushed Ministers to br...


28 APR 2015

Packed hustings at United Church

Over three hundred local residents packed into the United Church on Jewry Street on Tuesday 29th April, as the traditional main hustings event for the city was chaired by the Bishop of Winchester. Each candidate opened with a 5-minute statement and Steve Brine highlighted his experience in the job ...


26 APR 2015

Family day with the NCT for BABIES

Steve Brine and his young family continued many years of support for the local NCT this lunchtime (Sunday 26 April 2015) at the Winchester & District Branch held a family fun day. The event, held at Lanterns Children's Centre in Winchester, was raising money for the breast feeding support group...


24 APR 2015

An afternoon in South Wonston

Steve Brine spent the afternoon in South Wonston on Friday 24th April as he held a busy street surgery before a session knocking on doors in the village. Councillors Stephen Godfrey and Barry Lipscomb joined Steve as he held a surgery outside the village shop, and they met a large number of local p...


24 APR 2015

Stand up for Stanmore

A gathering of key stakeholders and residents turned out in Stanmore this morning to work on plans to tackle some of the areas main challenges. A number of local businesses, local government representatives, educational establishments and local people joined Steve Brine and the Green candidate Mich...


23 APR 2015

Footprints and Educating Ruby

A successful mentoring charity working with soon to be released offenders has launched in Winchester. It will now work across Hampshire and had its official start at a special service and event in Winchester Cathedral. The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a...


22 APR 2015

Packed Churches Together Hustings in Chandler's Ford

The Dovetail Centre on Winchester Road was the venue for the latest stage of the General Election, as around 250 Chandler's Ford residents attended a special hustings at the church. Steve Brine was joined on the podium by a full slate, this time, of the other candidates, as the two hour event heard...


18 APR 2015

The Fulflood Charity Ball

Steve and Susie Brine joined hundreds of local people at Peter Symonds College on Saturday 18th April as the community came together to support the Fulfoood Charity Ball. In its fourth year, a fantastic evening of entertainment was lined up, with local bands, dodgems and the famous vodka Luge. The...


18 APR 2015

General Election street surgery in Alresford

Steve and his local team for Alresford spent a morning in the sunshine on Saturday 18 April for their latest street surgery in the town. He was joined by Cllr Ernie Jeffs and Town Council Chairman, Lisa Griffiths, for the session which ran from 10-midday. Steve's Labrador, Popcorn, was part of the ...


17 APR 2015

The 2015 Winchester Festival

July each year sees a stunning festival of the arts in Winchester and the 2015 event was kicked off on Friday 17 May. Steve Brine and his young family were there along with patrons of the festival, the Dean of Winchester cathedral and Cllr Eileen Berry, the Mayor of Winchester.  The launch eve...


16 APR 2015

Meeting Winchester business

Steve Brine dropped into meet members of the Winchester business community this evening (Thursday 16 April 2015) as the Winchester Business Improvement District held its AGM. The event, held in the Woodhouse Suite at Winchester Cathedral Refectory, heard from BiD Executive Director, Chris Turner, a...


15 APR 2015

Childcare plans lead Conservative manifesto pledges

  Steve Brine has reacted positively to news that a Conservative government would fund 30 hours of free childcare for all working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, which was announced as the Prime Minister David Cameron launched the Conservative manifesto.   Steve said: "I have done a lot...


15 APR 2015

Hearing the difference in Otterbourne

Steve Brine dropped into Otterbourne on Wednesday 15th April with the team, as they knocked on doors and listened for themselves to the dramatically reduced sound volume from the motorway following Steve Brine's successful M3 noise campaign. The team were joined by Jan Warwick, who is standing for ...


14 APR 2015

Fryern street surgery and The Hyde Tavern

Tuesday 14th April saw another packed day for Steve Brine and the team, as the campaign arrived once again in Chandler's Ford, and finished up in the Hyde Tavern in the heart of Winchester. Steve held a busy lunchtime street surgery at the Fryern Arcade in Chandler's Ford, meeting people from acros...


13 APR 2015

Worthys history and an afternoon in Stanmore

Steve Brine dropped into Headbourne Worthy on Monday 13th April as he met up with a local history group to attend the unveiling of a special village board. The Worthys Local History Group board is situated on Taylor's Corner at Bedfield Lane, and explains much of the history behind some of the prop...


11 APR 2015

Dozens turn out to Make It Steve Again!

Steve Brine led a packed Saturday session in Colden Common, as dozens of local volunteers took to the villages of Colden Common and Twyford for a successful day of campaigning. A large number of teams met with hundreds of local people, and covered a huge amount of ground over the day, which culmina...


10 APR 2015

Chandler's Ford, Twyford and an old friend

Steve Brine spent Friday 10th April out across the southern part of the Winchester constituency, as he led his teams in Chandler's Ford and Twyford. The day began with some canvassing in Chandler's Ford, where Steve was able to meet up with Mark Lancaster, one of his 2010 opponents, who is now part...


09 APR 2015

Living the dream...

Steve Brine dropped into the Wonston Arms on Thursday 9th April as he met up with Matt Todd and Lisa Faye who are the new owners of the iconic Wonston pub.  The well-known local couple are revamping the venue, and Steve spoke to Matt about the challenges and opportunities that presented ...


08 APR 2015

Busy day for Steve Brine in Compton and Alresford

Steve Brine joined two large teams across the area on Wednesday 8th April as he led campaigning in Hursley, Compton and Alresford. The Conservative candidate found a lot of support throughout the day, and was able to engage on a range of local issues as well as the wider national picture. Steve sa...


02 APR 2015

Canvassing on TV debates day

Steve Brine and his team hit the streets once again, on day four of the Election campaign, which concludes with the head-to-head TV debate where David Cameron will take on Ed Miliband, and where the leaders of the five minor parties will also take part. The Conservative candidate was out in Teg Dow...


02 APR 2015

Steve Brine attends college employment fair

Steve Brine dropped into Peter Symonds College on Wednesday 1st April to open a special employment fair for students. The fair was sponsored by The Symondians Association and had over 40 employers attending, offering some fantastic opportunities for the students. Steve Brine said: "I know from spe...


01 APR 2015

Packed day across the area for Steve Brine

Day three of the official General Election campaign saw a packed day for Steve Brine, as he spoke to a large number of residents, attended a packed village meeting and joined in the launch of a fantastic new community minibus. Steve spent the morning with his team in Oliver's Battery as they spoke ...


31 MAR 2015

Golden Lion roars again

The Golden Lion Pub in Winchester has been relaunched this lunchtime (31 March 2015) as landlords Brid and Derek Phelan showcased their new menus and extension. The pub, on Alresford Road, is popular with locals and vistors alike and has been hugely successful since the couple took it over in ...


30 MAR 2015

Rethink cancer ideas at University

First year education students from the University of Winchester presented back their ideas as part of the Rethink Cancer campaign today (Monday 30 March 2015). Steve Brine, who chaired the all-party breast cancer group in Parliament from 2010-2015, was there along with the team from CoppaFeel; one ...


29 MAR 2015

Thank you from The Hilt

Afternoon tea was the order of the day this afternoon (Sunday 29 March 2015) as The Hilt said a massive thank you to all of the volunteers who have supported the community centre since its conception. Local MP Steve Brine, and his daughter Emily, were asked along and spent several hours chatting wi...


27 MAR 2015

Steve Brine MP congratulates Primary School on record attainment and interactive boards

Steve Brine visited Twyford St Mary's Primary School on Friday 27th March to see their new interactive classroom boards. The touchscreen smart boards have been fitted to five classrooms in the village primary taking interactive learning a step further. Steve was welcomed by Bruce Greig, chair of g...


26 MAR 2015

Cathedral appeal receives Government boost

Winchester Cathedral's Appeal has had some substantial good news, in the form of the announcement that the World War One Cathedral Repairs Fund, set up by the Government to support Cathedrals as they host memorial events, has granted £500K for essential works. Additionally, a further gift of &...


25 MAR 2015

MP welcomes new service for Winchester commuters

Steve Brine has welcomed news that local commuters will benefit from a new rail service, as South West Trains announced a new 5.40am service to London Waterloo. Following discussions with the Department for Transport and Stagecoach Group, a new £50m package has been agreed with SWT, including...


24 MAR 2015

Concern over Legal High shop on Stockbridge Road

Steve Brine has spoken to Trading Standards over a shop selling legal highs on Stockbridge Road. The Winchester MP has campaigned in Parliament to raise awareness of the dangers of legal highs, and said: "This is a worry and I absolutely share the concerns about this new shop opening up. The locati...


19 MAR 2015

Steve Brine MP attends Student Union hustings

Steve Brine visited the University of Winchester on Thursday 19th March as he took part in a special hustings event urging young people to register to vote, and outlining the stark choices in the General Election. The event was organised by the Students' Union, and was advertised on campus prior to...


18 MAR 2015

College discusses learning tax with Steve Brine MP

After a recent visit by principals of Hampshire's sixth form colleges to Parliament in which the issue of the 'learning tax' was discussed, Peter Symonds College Principal, Stephen Carville was able to show local MP, Steve Brine, just how much the college continues to invest in excellent facilities ...


13 MAR 2015

Early Years Conference held in city

Steve Brine and his family joined over 300 delegates attending the Home-Start in Hampshire's early years, early intervention conference at the Winchester Guildhall on 13th March. The event, which was a sell-out, was presented by Alastair Stewart, from ITV News, and heard from a range of speakers in...


13 MAR 2015

A303 corridor study examines Stonehenge

The government has published a report on the A303/A30/A358 corridor study, which examines the need to take action on the connection between London & the South East and the South West. The majority of the A303 has now been dualled, but there are still over 35 miles of outdated single-carriageway...


10 MAR 2015

Good outcome for Down Farm Lane bridge

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed a u-turn from Network Rail on plans to replace the railway bridge on Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy. The Victorian bridge has become increasingly unsafe because of the increase in the amount of heavy freight using the railways, its' age and frequent bridge ...


02 MAR 2015

Steve meets Winchester Befrienders

Steve Brine recently met up with a fantastic local organisation designed to support the needs of people and families in Winchester affected by Mental Health problems. Befrienders of Winchester is currently in contact with 70 Service users and 40 volunteer Befrienders, and are linked in with various...


27 FEB 2015

Chandler's Ford business breakfast

Steve Brine travelled to Eastleigh on Friday 27th February as he spoke to Chandler's Ford businesses at a special business breakfast. The Chandler's Ford MP spoke at the Concorde Club event, which was attended by a number of local business organisations and councillors, and highlighted businesses s...


26 FEB 2015

MP celebrates first birthday of stroke charity

Steve Brine took part in a special physiotherapy session on Thursday 26th February as he helped to mark the first birthday of the Chandler's Ford Stroke Support Group. The Chandler's Ford MP visited the Velmore Centre, on Falkland Road, as he joined the group in celebrating their first year in oper...


23 FEB 2015

Yes, Minister at South Wonston School

Steve Brine joined the children of Owls, Woodpeckers and Kestrels classes at South Wonston Primary School as they were given a 'parliamentary experience' to launch Upper KS2's new topic for the term. The Winchester MP was delighted to visit the children and explain the role of an MP and to give the...


20 FEB 2015

MP attends Down Farm Lane bridge event

Network Rail held a special drop-in session in Headbourne Worthy today (Friday 20 February 2015) to discuss proposals to replace the railway bridge on Down Farm Lane. The existing Victorian structure has become unsafe and is subject to weekly inspections by engineers. As a result, Network Rail are ...


20 FEB 2015

Steve Brine addresses annual city business breakfast

Steve Brine joined businesses from across the city as he addressed an annual Parliamentary business breakfast on Friday 20th February. The Winchester MP spoke to representatives from around 40 city businesses and organisations at the Winchester Hotel & Spa, at the annual Parliamentary breakfast...


14 FEB 2015

A morning at Worthy Down

Steve's Team Winchester headed out to Worthy Down this morning (Saturday 14 February 2015) to meet residents. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spent time discussing a range of national issues with constituents living on the predominantly army housing estate. Steve says; "By its' very nature...


13 FEB 2015

MP 'impressed' at Westholme hub facility

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, visited the Westholme residential nursing home in his constituency recently and saw for himself the new 'hub' facility which is helping to ease the pressure on acute beds in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. The new facility provides 12 beds which ...


12 FEB 2015

MP meets special cyclists at local sports awards

Steve Brine met up with some outstanding local cyclists as he attended the Winchester District Sport and Physical Health Alliance annual sports awards on Thursday 13th February. The event, now in its seventh year, was held at the Holiday Inn on Morn Hill, and the Winchester MP attended to present t...


11 FEB 2015

Good news in The Alresfords on rural superfast broadband

The villages of Bighton & Gundleton are set to receive superfast broadband at last – thanks to a dedicated new fund from the Government. Local MP Steve Brine has been lobbying for parts of his constituency to be included in the £1.2m Innovation Fund set up by the Department for Cult...


07 FEB 2015

A morning in Colden Common

Steve Brine took a senior team to Colden Common on Saturday 7th February as he led a morning knocking on doors in the village. The Colden Common MP was joined by the area's county councillor, also Leader of Winchester City Council, Rob Humby and senior city councillor Jan Warwick, as well as a team...


05 FEB 2015

Temporary closure of GP surgery turns out to be ... temporary

Residents in Kings Worthy will be pleased to learn their GP surgery, in Pound Road, is to re-open on Monday 23 February. The facility, which is run by Friarsgate Surgery, closed just before Christmas due to problems with the building and issued a statement on its website which said the move was tem...


03 FEB 2015

Drop-in day for Down Farm Lane Bridge proposals

Network Rail has announced that it intends to replace the Victorian brick railway bridge on Down Farm Lane, in Headbourne Worthy, with a new concrete structure, involving a four to six week closure of Down Farm Lane, with a full replacement carried out on the May Bank Holiday. The Worthys MP, Steve...


02 FEB 2015

New nursery in city centre

Winchester city centre has a new nursery, with the opening of the Yellow Dot nursery on Wales Street. The nursery, which has opened at the site of the old Ship Inn, is the eleventh location for the popular organisation, and Steve Brine was on-hand to cut the ribbon. Around £400,000 was spent...


29 JAN 2015

Shaping the future of Winnall

Steve Brine attended a special community 'jamboree' in Winnall on Thursday 29th January, as local councils commissioned a study that seeks to explore the daily problems and possibilities faced by residents and businesses in the Winnall area. The event took place at Winnall Community Centre, on Garb...


28 JAN 2015

Winchester Station Approach consultation

Further consultation on ideas to revitalise the Station Approach area of Winchester has been announced by the City Council. Work has been under way for some time to explore the options for this important gateway site near the railway station, which includes the Carfax and Cattle Market. The Local P...


27 JAN 2015

Winchester Street Pastors now recruiting for new teams

Winchester Street Pastors are now recruiting for members to join a new 'early evening team' initiative. The Street Pastors are a familiar fixture on the city centre night scene, and the new teams will now branch out to visit non-city centre areas such as the skate park, the Stoney Lane shops in Wee...


26 JAN 2015

Prime Minister visits Hampshire

David Cameron spoke to Hampshire residents on Monday 26th January as he set out details of the Conservative tax cut plans ahead of the General Election. The Prime Minister, who was just back from Saudi Arabia, outlined the very clear path towards securing Britain's future, and the importance of the...


24 JAN 2015

A day in Alresford

Steve Brine spent Saturday 24th January in Alresford as he spoke to dozens of local residents and met a fantastic new business. He began the day by holding his regular street surgery, now nearly a decade old, on the corner of Broad Street and West Street, speaking to residents navigating the hustle...


23 JAN 2015

Steve Brine meets new police chief

Steve Brine met up with the news Borough Commander responsible for policing across Chandler's Ford and Eastleigh on Friday 23rd January. Chief Inspector David Winter briefed Steve on upcoming changes and re-ordering, which begin on 1st April, and spoke to Steve about the work across Chandler's Ford...


22 JAN 2015

New Scout hut in Weeke - WATCH INSIDE

Steve Brine joined over 100 people who turned up to toast the official opening and heard from Dave Kesby, chairman of the 1st Winchester Scouts, who thanked everyone for their support. Group Scout Leader, Bruce Martin, said the new building is "stunning" and serves 160 young people every week. "It...


18 JAN 2015

Steve Brine speaks at Unity Service

Local MP Steve Brine took his family to Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 18th January as they took part in a special Unity Service marking the start of the Week of Prayer. The service was organised by Churches Together Winchester as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which runs from 18th ...


17 JAN 2015

A morning in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine took a large team to Chandler's Ford on Saturday 17th January as they spent the morning knocking on doors and chatting to local residents. Over fifty local volunteers joined in the session, which culminated in a drink and a chat in the King Rufus pub, on Winchester Road. Speaking after...


16 JAN 2015

Steve sees M3 resurfacing work first-hand

Steve Brine joined a team from the Highways Agency overnight as resurfacing work continued on the M3 motorway. Last year, Ministers' responded to Mr Brine's long running campaign to bring a quieter surface to the road by confirming junctions 9-14 of the M3 will be resurfaced in the financial years ...


15 JAN 2015

Business brilliance to be celebrated in city

Steve Brine joined a host of local businesses at Norton Park Hotel, in Sutton Scotney, on Thursday 15th January for the launch of the annual Winchester Business Excellence Awards. Now in its 13th year, the launch of the Awards is the start of a very exciting few months for the business community of...


13 JAN 2015

Record funding set to improve our roads

Steve Brine has welcomed the announcement of nearly £27,000 of new funding in Hampshire – which will mean more money to tackle potholes and improve roads across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. This is part of £140,014 of funding allocated for roads maintenance in Hampshire up to...


12 JAN 2015

Time extension secured for key flood grant

Steve Brine has secured further good news for local people affected by the flooding last winter as the government have now extended the deadline on those applying for financial help. Following extensive lobbying from Mr Brine, the deadline extension, until the 30th June 2015 for those affected betw...


10 JAN 2015

A morning chatting to Otterbourne residents

Steve Brine took a young team to Otterbourne on Saturday 10th January as they spent the morning chatting to residents in Cranbourne Drive and Coles Mede. The Winchester MP was also joined by Cllr Jan Warwick, and they spoke to local people about a number of issues, including the very welcome news a...


09 JAN 2015

MP hails more good news at railway station

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed a 'major step forward' for late night safety at the city's railway station after it was announced the platforms will now be staffed until 11pm. The MP held a packed public meeting, ASKSWT, back in November 2013 which gave rail users the chance to put questions...


08 JAN 2015

MP addresses high-level rail summit

Steve Brine spoke to councillors, business leaders and fellow stakeholders as Hampshire County Council held a top-level rail summit on Thursday 8th January. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has been a long-term campaigner for improvements on our railways, and held a packed ASKSWT open meetin...


01 JAN 2015

UPDATED - Temporary Closure of Kings Worthy GP Surgery

UPDATED 07 January 2015 It has been a busy week so far with lots of correspondence and calls following the sudden closure of Kings Worthy's GP surgery just before Christmas. Steve Brine has been working with local councillors and residents, as well as health professionals and our council, to get so...


18 DEC 2014

Winchester topping the Quality of Life charts once again!

Winchester has been ranked third in a prestigious list of the top 50 places to live in the UK, in a far-reaching survey which looks at jobs, housing, education, crime rates and the environment in 405 local authority districts. The Halifax Quality of Life survey follows much good news for our city o...


15 DEC 2014

MP delivers Christmas cheer to posties

Steve Brine MP has visited Royal Mail's Winchester delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Mr Brine was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Tony Martin, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are work...


08 DEC 2014

Christmas comes early as M3 work brought forward (again)

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has revealed work to resurface the M3 motorway will be brought forward AGAIN. Back in the Summer, the Highways Agency responded to a long running campaign to bring a quieter surface to the road by saying junctions 9-14 of the M3 will be resurfaced in ...


06 DEC 2014

Compton opening of new outdoor gym equipment

Steve Brine joined with Compton residents on Saturday 6th December for the official opening of the outdoor gym equipment on the Memorial Playing Field. Local Sports Club President Paul Murray reminded those present, while he cut the special ribbon, that the impetus for the gym equipment came from ...


06 DEC 2014

Local teacher introduces Flipp Flopps just in time for Christmas

A local teacher has spoken of her excitement as her new educational invention begins to take off. 'Flipp Flopps' has been devised by Winchester resident Karen Sprunt, and is a simple tool which allows children to learn their times tables anywhere, at any time. Karen said: "Essentially, it is a sma...


01 DEC 2014

Steve welcomes 'fantastic' news on Junction 9 campaign

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed major investment in a number of local road schemes announced today ahead of the Autumn Statement. The MP has been told by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that Junction 9 of the M3 at Winnall will be part of a £30m investment ...


28 NOV 2014

Re-opening of The Volunteer

Steve and Susie dropped into Twyford on Friday evening as The Volunteer 're-opened' in aid of a local charity. Friday and Saturday evening were the final re-opening of the Queen Street pub's doors, which is home to Penny & Mark Smith, and the couple were raising money for Percy's Pals, a charit...


28 NOV 2014

Cufflinks at the ready!

Steve Brine met up with the well-known Carolyn Derbyshire MBE and some local Scout Leaders at the 2nd Ramalley Scout Hut, in Chandler's Ford, on Friday 28th November to hear more about a very interesting campaign. The scouts are selling their very own Lego cufflinks, to raise money to refurbish the...


28 NOV 2014

A visit to St Swithun Wells School

Steve Brine carried on with his mission to visit every school in his constituency by dropping into St Swithun Wells School in Chandler's Ford on Friday 28th November, on a day with a difference! The school was taking part in the Children's Commissioner's Take Over day, which meant that the Year 6 c...


28 NOV 2014

Meeting residents in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine spent the afternoon of Friday 28th November in Chandler's Ford as he knocked on doors chatting to local residents. The Chandler's Ford MP was out with his team, including well-known councillor Judith Grajewski, as they spoke to a large number of people throughout the afternoon. Speakin...


27 NOV 2014

Flood grant brings new look to local salon

Family hairdressing salon Topaz in Kings Worthy was one of many businesses in Hampshire affected by the severe weather last winter, but this winter the salon is bursting with confidence once again, thanks to a helping hand from Government and Winchester City Council. Topaz, which is owned by Catrio...


27 NOV 2014

MP judges special Bake Off

Steve Brine visited 1st Chandler's Ford Company Boys' Brigade on Thursday 27th November to judge a special 'Great British Bake Off'. The event, held at Chandler's Ford Methodist Church, heard from the Chandler's Ford MP before the judging took place. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "I was so plea...


25 NOV 2014

Community bus services urged to bid for new support

MP Steve Brine has welcomed new Government funding to support community transport services, and urged local providers in Winchester & Chandler's Ford to bid for support. In total there will be £25 million of new support to provide hundreds of voluntary community transport providers with n...


20 NOV 2014

New think-tank for the South launched in Winchester

Steve Brine visited the University of Winchester on Thursday 20th November for the launch of the Southern Policy Centre. The MP joined a cast of local business leaders, representatives of the Third Sector and important media figures, as well as MPs from across the south at the launch, which heard f...


20 NOV 2014

Official launch of Soap Bathrooms

Steve Brine dropped into 7 Chesil Street on Thursday 20th November to meet one of Winchester's latest businesses. Soap Bathrooms, run by Jen & Ed Davis, is an independent bathroom design company in their third year of business. They started Soap Bathrooms in 2011 and have just moved their show...


20 NOV 2014

Kingsgate Christmas lights and special book launch

Steve Brine popped down to the Kingsgate on Thursday 20th November as Bishop Tim officially switched on this year's Kingsgate Christmas lights. The MP joined dozens of people at the event, and he then popped into P&G Wells Bookshop for the launch of a new range of books by Penny Ericson and Sim...


14 NOV 2014

Daisy Conway wins special Christmas Card competition

Daisy Conway, from Compton All Saints C of E Primary School, has been announced as the winner of Steve Brine's fourth annual Christmas Card competition. The Year 6 pupil, is following in the footsteps of previous winners Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat and Ellis Gauntlett Boak, and took first prize with h...


11 NOV 2014

Location named for proposed new hospital

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the planned location for the proposed £150m new 24-hour consultant-led critical treatment hospital as a greenfield site at North Waltham, near M3 Junction 7. HHFT bosses say this is the best location to serve local patients, and the site ...


11 NOV 2014

Annual prison report published

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Winchester has published its Annual Report for the year. The report acknowledges progress made over the past year, but also identifies areas of concern, some of which have been highlighted previously. The report was written before recent publication of ...


09 NOV 2014

Remembrance Sunday marked at Winchester Cathedral

Steve Brine attended Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 9th November as the city came together to mark Remembrance Sunday. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP laid a wreath on behalf of his constituents in front of the packed cathedral, which included councillors, officials, the Mayor and past mayo...


08 NOV 2014

Guy competition winners named!

Dylan and Jonah Mathers won the Winchester Round Table guy competition on Saturday 8th November for their 'Gary Barlow Re-light My Fire' Guy. This year's competition was judged by Winchester MP Steve Brine, who met organisers and competitors in the cricket pavilion at River Park to examine the entr...


07 NOV 2014

Steve Brine meets Mums in the Know

Steve Brine spent some time on Friday chatting to Fulflood resident Lindsey Holland, when they met at Steve's Stockbridge Road office to discuss Winchester Mums in the Know. MITK is a group created by Mums, to help parents in the Winchester and surrounding area to keep in touch with local events an...


07 NOV 2014

MP visits Alresford infant school

Steve Brine visited a popular infant school in Alresford on Friday 7th November. The Alresford MP spent the morning at Sun Hill Infant School, where he met with staff and discussed their recent outstanding Ofsted report. Steve Brine said: "I enjoyed my visit although it was a shame not to be able ...


04 NOV 2014

Steve Brine calls on local musicians and film-makers

Steve Brine is supporting musicians and film-makers from Winchester & Chandler's Ford by calling for local artists to enter Parliament's two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House. Founded by Mike Weatherley MP, the annual competitions offer the opportunity to put loca...


01 NOV 2014

A morning in Peninsula Square

Steve Brine spent Saturday morning in and around Peninsula Square, as his team of well-respected and hard-working councillors joined him in catching up with local residents. Steve's Labrador, Popcorn, was also present, as Steve, Fiona Mather, Ian Tait and Robert Sanders spent the morning discussing...


30 OCT 2014

RHCH Ward wins national Nursing Times award

A ward at Royal Hampshire County Hospital is celebrating after winning national acclaim for its care of older people. The award winning team from Clifton Ward picked up the accolade of best 'Care of older people' at the national Nursing Times 2014 award ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel on...


24 OCT 2014

Cabinet Minister meets local businesses leaders

Local MP Steve Brine brought a key member of the Government to Winchester on Friday 24th October, to meet local business leaders. Recent months have seen continued strong economic news for the area and Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work & Pensions Secretary, came to hear about it for himself. Along wi...


24 OCT 2014

Consultation begins on Winchester Local Plan Part 2

Public consultation on Winchester's Local Plan Part 2 starts on Friday 24th October, and runs for six weeks until Friday 5th December 2014. LPP2 allocates sites for development and sets out detailed 'development management' policies. Along with the Core Strategy (Local Plan Part 1, 2013) it will p...


23 OCT 2014

MP joins Government Minister at local airport

Steve Brine visited Southampton Airport on Thursday 23rd October as Robert Goodwill joined him in taking a tour of the busy aviation hub. Mr Goodwill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, and Mr Brine were taken around the site by Chief Executive Dave Lees, and the group discus...


16 OCT 2014

Steve Brine visits Winchester Women Graduates

Steve Brine spent an evening at Shawford Hall on Thursday 16th October, as he addressed the Winchester Women Graduates. The local association of the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) heard from their MP about 'life as a new boy' in the House of Commons, and the realities of juggling a jo...


08 OCT 2014

Steve Brine visits Compton school

Steve Brine dropped into Compton Church of England Primary School on Wednesday 8th October, as he spent time with the children, staff and governors. The school is led by Headteacher Allison Driver, and set on the charming Compton Street. As well as taking a tour of the school with the governors and...


06 OCT 2014

MP visits popular city school

Steve Brine continued in his mission to formally visit every school in his constituency, as he spent part of Monday afternoon at St Faith's Church of England Primary School. The Winchester MP spoke to children and staff at the St Cross school, and took a tour of the site led by new headteacher Dawn...


02 OCT 2014

Reflections on Conference and England Expects

The Conservative Party Conference was held earlier this week in Birmingham, and contained a number of positive announcements. Steve Brine has had a lot of feedback from constituents across Winchester & Chandler's Ford over the past few days, and said one highlight for him had been the eye-catch...


01 OCT 2014

Local success story meets Steve Brine at Conference

Lazy Lizards, an exciting new Hampshire-based business, was delighted to welcome the MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford to their stand at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week. Lazy Lizards owner, Julia Mutlow of Winchester said, 'It was great to see Steve at our stand and in...


26 SEP 2014

Annual CPRE awards in Itchen Abbas

Steve Brine joined teams from 19 shortlisted countryside projects on Friday 26th September as they gathered with more than 100 guests at the eighth annual CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hampshire Countryside Awards ceremony at Itchen Abbas Village Hall, Winchester. The prestigious awards,...


25 SEP 2014

MP speaks to Alresford Neighbourhood Watch

Steve Brine visited Alresford on Thursday 25th September to meet the Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association and say a few words at their AGM. Over 80 people attended Alresford Golf Club for the event, which took place after Steve joined the local team in the town knocking on doors...


25 SEP 2014

MP visits local Catholic school

Steve Brine visited St Peter's Catholic Primary School on Thursday 25th September. The MP spoke with staff and pupils at the growing school, which has seen expansion as part of the school places issue Steve has worked on over the past few years. Steve said: "I spent a lovely hour at the school, it...


25 SEP 2014

Fourth annual Christmas Card competition

Local MP Steve Brine has launched his fourth annual school Christmas card competition, open for schools across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. Steve said: "Previous competitions have been a great success, with several hundred entries from right across my constituency. The judges and I have been s...


24 SEP 2014

Lively information day in Middle Brook Street

Steve Brine spent the morning of Wednesday 24th September at the Middle Brook Centre as he took part in an Over 50s Information Day. Organised by Steve & Jan Gapper, from Home Instead, the Winchester MP had his own stand and was able to speak to a number of constituents about a range of nationa...


23 SEP 2014

River Cottage Canteen comes to city

Steve Brine visited Winchester's newest restaurant on Tuesday 23rd September as he met with staff and customers at River Cottage Canteen, as it prepared to open its doors for the first time. The Canteen, based in a converted grade two listed Abbey Mill building in Abbey Mill Gardens just off the Br...


23 SEP 2014

Steve visits new city Subway store

Steve Brine dropped into the new Subway store on Southgate Street on Tuesday 23rd September to meet the team, and make his lunch! The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was asked to pop into the store to learn more about the new store, which has opened in addition to their restaurant on the B...


22 SEP 2014

MP welcomes new city bank

Steve Brine dropped into Jewry Street on Monday lunchtime to meet staff and customers of a new city bank. Handelsbanken is a Swedish creation, established in 1871, and is a full service bank for both personal and corporate customers. Globally, it has 11,000 employees and operates in 22 countries, w...


22 SEP 2014

MP launches Harvest bags campaign

Winchester & Alresford MP Steve Brine is joining forces with Alresford Methodist Church to promote this year's harvest brown bags campaign which seeks to raise the profile of people who are struggling to cope in the constituency. Steve joined Rev Dawn Carn on the morning of Monday 22nd Septembe...


20 SEP 2014

Steve welcomes new students to Winchester

Steve Brine visited a packed Freshers' Fair at the University of Winchester on Saturday 20th September as the MP welcomed thousands of students to the city's university. He linked up with the Winchester Student Conservative Society, who had a busy stand which was inundated with students throughout ...


20 SEP 2014

MP holds second ASKtheNHS meeting

Steve Brine held his second ASKtheNHS public meeting at the United Church in Jewry Street on Saturday 20th September.The focus of this meeting was specifically on the future of local obstetric and maternity care, which could be set for changes if a new acute care hospital is built for the Hampshir...


19 SEP 2014

Steve attends consecration service at Winchester Cathedral

Steve and Susie Brine attended the Consecration of the Reverend Canon David Williams on Friday 19th September at a packed Winchester Cathedral. The service, which lasted several hours, was taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was followed by a Reception in the Cathedral's Marquee. Also joini...


19 SEP 2014

EA launch flood Incident Command Vehicle

Steve Brine met with the Environment Agency on Friday 19th September as the team launched a new Incident Command Vehicle. The launch was part of a live flood response exercise, held at North Walls Recreation Ground, to train staff in helping with a response to a flooding event in Winchester. As pa...


18 SEP 2014

University to establish Barton Farm School

The Department of Education has supported the application by the University of Winchester to establish a new primary academy at Barton Farm in Winchester. The University of Winchester has been granted ministerial approval to form the University of Winchester Academy Trust and begin developing plans...


17 SEP 2014

Skate Park Success!

Steve Brine joined a 'local legend' at North Walls on Wednesday 17th September, as he visited the city's brand new skate park. He met up with local skater Steve Willoughby and his team at the packed park, as dozens of youngsters took advantage of the new facilities on skateboards, bikes and scooter...


16 SEP 2014

MP visits Micheldever Primary School

Steve Brine visited Micheldever C of E Primary School on Tuesday 16th September to meet with staff and children at the popular village school. The MP spent time chatting to staff, before meeting with the student council and dropping into classrooms as part of a special tour. Steve said: "The leade...


15 SEP 2014

Wi-Fi service finally goes live

Passengers travelling from local stations with South West Trains can now make use of free on-train WiFi on some of the rail operator's busiest routes. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine says the service, which goes live from Monday 15th September, will be 'transformative' for thousands...


14 SEP 2014

Steve visits Hampshire Country Sports Day

Steve Brine visited Tichborne Park on Sunday 14th September as he took in the Hampshire Country Sports Day. The Alresford event appeared even busier than recent years, and was blessed with some fine weather as people watched and took part in animal shows, competitions and country pursuits. Steve, ...


14 SEP 2014

Sunny weather for Hiltingbury Extravaganza

Steve Brine took Emily and William along to Chandler's Ford on Sunday 14th September as they visited this year's Hiltingbury Extravaganza. The Chandler's Ford MP has been a long-standing supporter of the event, and was delighted to be able to spend the afternoon sampling some of the fantastic enter...


12 SEP 2014

Fryern Hill Post Office officially open

To celebrate the launch of relocated Fryern Hill Post Office, into a brand new WHSmith Local store, Steve Brine, Chandler's Ford MP, and Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Tony Noyce 'cut the ribbon' at an opening ceremony on Friday 12 September. Fryern Hill Post Office has relocated across the road to 6-7 F...


09 SEP 2014

Improvement work announced on A33 junction in Kings Worthy

Following a long-running campaign, Hampshire County Council have agreed improvements to the Cart & Horses A33 junction in Kings Worthy. The scheme will see the central reservation (where cars wait to turn right) enlarged, vehicle activated warning signs installed on the A33 approaching the junc...


08 SEP 2014

United Church anniversary celebrations

Steve Brine and his family joined the United Church on Sunday 7th September as for a very special 40th anniversary service. The MP was among around 150 people who turned out listen to the guest preacher The Revd Howard Sharp, back in the bosom of the Jewry Street congregation which he very much bui...


07 SEP 2014

Steve visits the Bighton Fete

Steve Brine took his young family to the Bighton Fete on Sunday 7th September, at what he described as the 'quintessentially English fete'. The Winchester & Alresford MP had interesting conversations with a large number of local people and took part in a number of events, including the popular ...


06 SEP 2014

Alresford Show held at Tichborne Park

Steve Brine took his family (and Popcorn) to the Alresford Show on Saturday 6th September, held once again at Tichborne Park. The agricultural show, which first started in 1908, was packed with local produce, displays, parades and catering stands, and the Alresford MP met a huge number of local peo...


06 SEP 2014

Hectic street surgery before Alresford Show

Steve Brine held his busiest Alresford Street Surgery to date on Saturday 6th September as the town prepared for the Alresford Show. The Alresford MP was joined by local councillor Lisa Griffiths and Special Constable John Wilding on the corner of Broad Street and West Street, and they didn't stop ...


04 SEP 2014

Local charity Fixers wins top national award

After thousands of people, including local MP Steve Brine, pledged their support, Fixers has been voted the UK's Best Charity Project in the 2014 National Lottery Awards. The charity, based in Winchester, learnt of their win during a surprise visit from musician and entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder, who...


02 SEP 2014

Major resurfacing work brought forward for M3

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has secured major resurfacing work for the M3 motorway which he described as 'absolutely fantastic' news for thousands of his constituents. New Roads Minister John Hayes has written to Mr Brine to confirm the Highways Agency will bring forward plans to...


17 AUG 2014

Winchester Criterium held in city

Over 300 cyclists took to the city streets on Sunday 17th August as a series of races where held in the heart of Winchester. The Winchester Criterium began with the CycleFest, which allowed around 200 people to cycle around the city's closed roads, before the start of various races held across the ...


14 AUG 2014

Busiest year yet for Summer Tour

Local MP Steve Brine has been holding his Summer Tour during August and says 2014 is his busiest year so far. Now in its fourth year, the tour which takes place each Summer while Parliament is in recess, consists of street surgeries, knocking on hundreds of doors across the MP's Winchester & Ch...


12 AUG 2014

Second ASKtheNHS meeting arranged

Winchester MP, Steve Brine, will chair a second open meeting next month that gives residents the chance to learn more about possible changes to local hospital services. ASKtheNHS (Again) will be held on the morning of Saturday 20th September and will focus specifically on obstetric care and materni...


11 AUG 2014

Summer Tour continues in Sparsholt

Summer Tour continued on Friday afternoon, after a morning spent in Crawley, in the neighbouring village of Sparsholt. This time, Steve and the team were joined by local resident John Wesley, who was able to show Steve a fascinating work on the village based on the Domesday Book. After lunch at Th...


08 AUG 2014

Crawley the latest venue for Summer Tour

Steve Brine's Summer Tour landed in the beautiful village of Crawley on the morning of Friday 8th August. The Winchester MP and his team spent a couple of hours knocking on doors and chatting to residents across the village, and were able to pick up a number of issues for Steve to look into. Steve...


07 AUG 2014

MP welcomes end of Zurich's Local Plan challenge

Zurich Assurance has abandoned its legal challenge to Winchester City Council's adoption of Local Plan Part 1, following the rejection of its case by the Courts. Zurich had gone to the Court of Appeal following the rejection of all of its grounds for challenge by the High Court in March. Refusing ...


06 AUG 2014

Summer Tour continues in the heart of the Itchen Valley

After a morning spent in Old Alresford, Steve took the latest leg of his fourth Summer Tour to Itchen Abbas. In yet another baking hot afternoon, Steve visited a fantastic new council development in Baxter Close, and spoke to residents along and around the Main Road. He said: "Summer Tour this yea...


06 AUG 2014

Steve spends the morning in Old Alresford

Steve Brine spent Wednesday morning speaking to residents across Old Alresford as his 2014 Summer Tour continued. This time, Steve and his team were joined by highly-respected local councillor Ernie Jeffs, who has just finished his Mayoral year. Speaking before grabbing a sandwich in Broad Street,...


04 AUG 2014

Sutton Scotney stop for Summer Tour

Steve Brine's Summer Tour continued with an afternoon in Sutton Scotney on Monday 4th August. The Winchester MP and his team joined local councillors Malcolm Wright and Stephen Godfrey in the village, which is at the heart of the Wonston & Micheldever ward, as they spoke to dozens of local resi...


31 JUL 2014

An afternoon in St Giles Hill

Following Steve Brine's trip to Otterbourne and Shawford on Thursday morning, the MP and his team headed to St Giles Hill to carry on Steve's Summer Tour. The two hour session, complete with the fantastic views over the city, brought up the usual variety of local and national issues as Steve and th...


31 JUL 2014

A morning in Otterbourne and Shawford

Steve Brine's Summer Tour moved onto Otterbourne and Shawford on the morning of Thursday 31st July. The MP took his team, alongside Popcorn (who took Wednesday off) to the area to tap on a few doors and speak to residents about anything which they wished to raise. After a busy two hours, which inc...


30 JUL 2014

Busy superstore surgery in Badger Farm

Steve Brine's Summer Tour continued with a superstore surgery on Wednesday 30th July, as he spent a couple of hours at Badger Farm Sainsbury's. The afternoon was non-stop, with a steady stream of shoppers stopping by to speak to Steve, ask questions or simply to tell him more about what they do. S...


29 JUL 2014

£140 Warm Home Discount scheme now open

Local MP Steve Brine is urging constituents to contact their energy supplier to enquire if they qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme, a £140 rebate designed to help low income and vulnerable households with their electricity bills. All the main energy supply companies and some of the sma...


29 JUL 2014

Colden Common next stop for Summer Tour

Steve Brine and his team visited Colden Common on Tuesday 29th July as Summer Tour continued at pace. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was in and around New Road, and as well as various national issues which were raised, some important local casework was also picked up. Steve said: "Another...


29 JUL 2014

Pitt Vale development - enough is enough!

Housebuilder Linden Homes is in the early stages of developing proposals for land to the north of Romsey Road in Winchester known locally as Pitt Vale, adjacent to the entirely separate Pitt Manor development which was granted planning permission in 2012. Little detail is known about what would be ...


28 JUL 2014

Cooler day in Abbotts Barton and Hyde for Summer Tour

Summer Tour continued to a welcome cool breeze on Monday 28th July as Steve Brine took his team to Abbotts Barton and Hyde. Once again joined by Cllr Fiona Mather, the local county councillor, as well as a young team of volunteers, Steve spoke to a very varied number of local people. He said: "Thi...


28 JUL 2014

Positive progress on station safety issues

Winchester MP Steve Brine says further positive progress is being made to address issues around late night safety at the city's railway station. The MP has been working with South West Trains, as well as both city and county councillors, to address various issues raised at a special ASKSWT public m...


26 JUL 2014

A morning in St Cross as Summer Tour continues

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to the heart of St Cross on Saturday 26th July as he joined local councillors chatting to residents around St Faiths school. The MP, alongside respected local councillors Fiona Mather and Ian Tait, discussed a number of issues throughout the morning, including educa...


24 JUL 2014

Summer Tour visits Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine took his fourth Summer Tour to Chandler's Ford on Thursday 24th July as he held a busy street surgery at the Fryern Arcade. The MP, joined by a number of councillors, and a very well-watered Popcorn, spent the morning chatting to residents from across Chandler's Ford, Hiltingbury, Otter...


23 JUL 2014

TV wine experts launch Wine Festival Winchester

On a glorious English summer's evening, in the shadow of Winchester's stunning cathedral, TV Masters of Wine Susie Barrie & Peter Richards last night hosted the promotional party for their new venture, Wine Festival Winchester. The party was held to raise awareness for the festival, which is be...


23 JUL 2014

Scorching start for Summer Tour

Steve Brine's Summer Tour for 2014 kicked off in red hot style today (Wednesday) with visits to Fulflood in the city and Stanmore. The team spent part of the morning chatting with residents in the smart suburb near the railway station before moving onto Lower Stanmore/Kings Avenue area of the estat...


22 JUL 2014

Summer Tour starts this week

Local MP Steve Brine is kicking off his Summer Tour this week (Wednesday 23rd July) in what promises to be the busiest yet. Now in its fourth year, the Summer Tour is a great opportunity for Steve to meet constituents in a range of settings, from street surgeries held right across the constituency,...


20 JUL 2014

More jobs means a more secure future for local families

Steve Brine has welcomed new figures showing that 300 fewer people are relying on Jobseeker's Allowance in Winchester & Chandler's Ford compared to this time last year, with the number of people in work in the South East up by 263,000 since 2010. And in further good news, in Winchester & Ch...


19 JUL 2014

Micheldever Village Summer Fete raises much needed funds

Steve Brine and his family went to Micheldever on a scorching Saturday afternoon to take part in the Micheldever Village Summer Fete. Last year, the event raised £8494, which was used for the upkeep of the historic village church and to fund help in the community work which provides support a...


19 JUL 2014

Opening the St Luke parish fete

Steve Brine took his family to Stanmore on Saturday 19th July as he opened the St Luke parish fete, which this year had a special Summer Holidays theme. The Stanmore MP was delighted to have been asked, and met a large number of local people, including organisers from the parish fete committee. St...


18 JUL 2014

Steve Brine backs Fixers

The MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, Steve Brine, is supporting Fixers to be crowned 'UK's Best Charity' at the National Lottery Awards 2014. Steve is championing Fixers, a national charity based in Winchester, to raise awareness of the 13,000 young people that Fixers have worked with on ar...


18 JUL 2014

New improved passenger facilities opened at Winchester station

Passengers travelling from Winchester station are now benefitting from a £3.7 million improvement scheme that has improved access and delivered more than 100 extra car parking spaces at the station. Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Sam McCarthy, Commercial Director of the South West Trains-...


17 JUL 2014

Winchester conference influences key Whitehall report

Local MP Steve Brine has secured Government support for some of the key recommendations made following a major conference in Winchester earlier this year. Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, as well as Hampshire High Sheriff Rupert Younger, organised the event in March to examine ways of red...


13 JUL 2014

Scouts in for the long haul!

1st Winchester Scouts were given a hero's welcome from crowds of supporters, including Steve Brine MP, when they returned to Winchester after a 60-mile trek over the weekend. A group of adult leaders, parents, scouts, cubs and beavers had successfully completed the two-day fundraising challenge, pu...


12 JUL 2014

Busy Alresford street surgery

Saturday 12th July saw Steve Brine's latest Alresford street surgery, as ever held on the corner of Broad/West Street. Now in its eighth year, Steve was joined this time by Cllr Ernie Jeffs – as well as local police and Cllr Lisa Griffiths - after his recent Mayoral year took him much further...


12 JUL 2014

Trophy winners at Winchester Gym Club

Steve Brine took his daughter, Emily, to Henry Beaufort School on Saturday 12th July as they spent the afternoon with the volunteers and members of Winchester Gym Club.           WGC manager, Patricia Francis, and team of dedicated coaches have worked hard throughout ...


11 JUL 2014

MP meets with Hampshire Fire Chief

Steve Brine went to Chandler's Ford on Friday 11th July to meet with the Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue, John Bonney. They discussed a number of pressing issues at the Steele Close site, including the impact of industrial action, the relocation of key emergency services and the changi...


11 JUL 2014

MP holds busy surgery in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine held the latest of his busy constituency surgeries in Chandler's Ford on Friday 11th July, as he spoke to a number of residents on a range of issues. Steve said: "Geographically, my constituency is huge, ranging from Alresford across to Micheldever, through the city all the way down to ...


11 JUL 2014

Momentum grows for marriage certificate campaign

A Chandler's Ford lady is spearheading a growing campaign to get mothers' names included on marriage certificates in England and Wales. Marriage registers used today haven't changed since civil marriage was introduced in 1837. Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler, 37, a chartered accountant, has now attracted o...


04 JUL 2014

Weeke Gaiety Club Celebrate Anniversary with local MP

Members of a Winchester social club for older people celebrated the 30th anniversary of Brendoncare, the care charity responsible for some 70 health and wellbeing clubs across the South, with a special party on Friday 4th July. Joan Davies, volunteer club leader, club members and volunteers were jo...


04 JUL 2014

MP visits primary school in Hursley

Steve Brine went to Hursley on Friday 4th July, as he met with staff and pupils at John Keble Church of England Primary School. The visit followed a recent Year 6 trip to the Houses of Parliament, and in addition to being given a guided tour of the school, Steve was able to present the children who...


04 JUL 2014

MP speaks to Friends of the Family

Steve Brine visited Jewry Street on Friday 4th July as Viv Wheeler, Chair of Friends of the Family, welcomed him to speak to their AGM at St. Peter's Centre. The Winchester MP said he had heard much about their work and how valuable they are to the local community, and made the point that the perce...


04 JUL 2014

Waiting in the Wings of War

Steve Brine dropped into Peninsula Barracks on Friday 4th July as he attended a temporary art exhibition inspired by the Great War. The MP examined the new work, by 2D3D South Contemporary Art Group, which is a reflection of the lives of the people from the Winchester area in the time leading up to...


03 JUL 2014

MP speaks to local Scout leaders

Steve Brine spent some time chatting to Scout leaders on Thursday 3rd July, as he took the time to say a few words at the Chandler's Ford District Scout AGM. The Chandler's Ford MP is a former boy scout, and as well as thanking the team for their hard work, spoke about his admiration for the moveme...


03 JUL 2014

City Schools meet CoppaFeel!

A leading breast cancer campaigner came to Winchester (Thursday 3rd July) to speak to young people in the city about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer and other cancers. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine organised for 28-year old Kris Hallenga, who has a termina...


01 JUL 2014

MP secures flood money for local residents

Steve Brine has successfully lobbied the government to secure money to repair damage caused by the February floods. The Winchester MP brought the Prime Minister's 'flood envoy', Minister of State Greg Barker, to Winchester back in April, and as well as showing him the situation across the city, als...


29 JUN 2014

Thornden Tennis Club Great British Tennis Weekend

If there was any concern about future talent or enthusiasm for the sport of tennis, it was not apparent from either the junior players or amazing support shown at the LTA 'Great British Tennis Weekend' event at Thornden Tennis Club on Sunday 29th June. Thornden, one of Hampshire & IOW premier c...


28 JUN 2014

St Cross Fete 2014

Steve Brine took his family to St Cross on Saturday 28th June as they joined local residents braving torrential rain at the St Cross Fete. The fete is Winchester's oldest, originating in 1868, and the MP and his family were delighted to be able to attend this year's event. Steve said: "We've misse...


28 JUN 2014

Kingsgate street surgery

Steve Brine held a busy street surgery with a range of local councillors on Saturday 28th June, as he met a huge number of constituents under the Kingsgate arch. The Winchester MP was joined by popular councillors Fiona Mather, Robert Sanders and Ian Tait (as well as Popcorn, of course) and the two...


28 JUN 2014

Cancer Research UK concert launched

Steve Brine joined up with local Cancer Research UK members at Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 28th June as they launched a special concert in aid of vital medical research. The Winchester Choral Concert will take place at Winchester Cathedral in August, when the Gaudeamus Chorale will perform alo...


27 JUN 2014

MP visits Alresford planning exhibition

Steve Brine dropped into Alresford on Friday 27th June to look at an alternative proposal for development in the town. The exhibition is a result of New Alresford Town Council wanting to hear local views following a public meeting on May 27th at Perins School when the Sun Lane (Site 277) proposal w...


23 JUN 2014

Steve Brine welcomes new cash for potholes

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed the announcement of £6,086,445 of new funding in Hampshire to tackle potholes. In total £17,596,118 of additional funding for the county has been announced for this year, on top of the annual roads maintenance budget. Over three million potholes will b...


22 JUN 2014

Marking the centenary of World War One outbreak

Winchester Cathedral held a special service to mark one hundred years since the start of The Great War on Sunday 22nd June. The Hampshire County Service was attended by hundreds of people from across the county, including Winchester MP Steve Brine, and heard lessons from a number of dignitaries, in...


20 JUN 2014

National Flood Forum event in city

Steve Brine met up with representatives from the Environment Agency and their partner organisations as the National Flood Forum came to town on Thursday 19th June. The event, held at the Winchester Guildhall, provided specialist advice and information to local residents, and as well as the city its...


19 JUN 2014

Launch of Winchester Criterium 2014

Steve Brine joined representatives from Pennine Events and Winchester City Council for the launch event of the Winchester Criterium 2014. Held on Thursday 19th June at the Holiday Inn, Pennine Events set out their plans for event day, which is Sunday 17th August 2014. The winner of the 2013 Elite ...


16 JUN 2014

Extra power cut support for vulnerable people

Scottish & Southern Electric (SSE) have announced the creation of a new system to help support vulnerable customers during a power cut. The power company had set up a Priority Service Register (PSR) in 2012, which aimed to collect all the information they had on their system. To complement the ...


16 JUN 2014

MP welcomes local affordable housing figures

Steve Brine has welcomed figures showing that the Conservatives are delivering new affordable homes and helping hardworking people to get on the housing ladder across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. 420 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010 and 47 people in the constituency have bee...


13 JUN 2014

Carers Week celebration day held in Eastleigh

Last week (Monday 9th to Sunday 15th June 2014) marked Carers Week, one of the largest awareness campaigns in the UK to raise awareness of and celebrate the UK's 6.5 million carers and all they do for their loved ones and the community. To mark the week, One Community Carers Centre, based in Eastle...


13 JUN 2014

Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2014

The Guildhall held a glamorous black tie ceremony on Friday 13th June, as the city's enterprise community came together to celebrate the Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2014. The very best of local business talent was out in force as the contribution of small and larger sized businesses to th...


10 JUN 2014

Climate Change Minister and local MP meet Cool Communities

Greg Barker, the Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, joined local MP Steve Brine at the Kings Worthy home of Cool Communities EcoGroup leader Sarah Cramoysan on Monday 9 June to hear about Cool Communities, the new initiative from Winchester Action on Climate Change. O...


07 JUN 2014

Steve Brine MP chairs WinACC debate

Steve Brine chaired a major debate on the best way for Winchester District to do our fair share to meet our climate change targets, as eighty people crammed into St Lawrence's Parish Room on Saturday 7th June. Introducing speakers on the national and European targets for greenhouse gas and renewabl...


07 JUN 2014

Sunshine at Oliver's Battery fete

Steve and the family (including Popcorn) took a trip to Oliver's Battery on Saturday 7th June as they visited the Oliver's Battery fete. The new Mayor of Winchester, Eileen Berry, was on hand to open the occasion, on what was one of her first official engagements of office, and after the thunder st...


07 JUN 2014

Hugely successful Alresford Music Festival

Steve Brine took his family along to the 5th Alresford Music Festival on Saturday 7th June, as the town was free festival continues to go from strength to strength. The event is organised by Ken Veitch, leading a wider team including local businessman Tim Miller. The Alresford Music Festival is bac...


06 JUN 2014

MP attends war memorials at Hockley Viaduct

Steve Brine joined the Friends of Hockley Viaduct, and assembled military personnel, on Friday 6th June, as two memorial plaques and a rail signal were officially unveiled at the site. The Friends of Hockley Viaduct group has been in existence since 2007, and the first memorial is dedicated to the ...


06 JUN 2014

MP meets with The Churches Conservation Trust in the Itchen Valley

Steve Brine dropped into St Mary's church in Itchen Stoke on Friday 6th June, to meet local volunteers and hear more about the work of The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT). The Itchen Valley MP met with Colin Shearer from the CCT, alongside CCT members Debbie and Ian, with local volunteer John Har...


02 JUN 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner calls for fresh approach to reducing reoffending

On the day that new arrangements for managing offenders come into place as part of the Government's Transforming Rehabilitation agenda, Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has today published a White Paper setting out nine recommendations aimed at reducing...


01 JUN 2014

Little Village Sweet Shop sets out expansion vision

Alresford's very own Little Village Sweet Shop has some exciting times ahead after it announced plans for expansion across the UK. Run by husband and wife team Shaun and Julia Parris, Little Village Sweet Shop has been a popular fixture at Winchester's Cathedral Christmas market, selling UK produce...


31 MAY 2014

Stoney Lane Street Surgery

Steve Brine visited Weeke on Saturday 31st May as he joined met up with newly elected local councillor Helen Osborne, and long-standing councillor Eileen Berry at their Stoney Lane street surgery. Steve said: "The Stoney Lane street surgery has been a popular event for years now, and I am always pl...


30 MAY 2014

Little Village Sweet Shop sets out expansion vision

Alresford's very own Little Village Sweet Shop has some exciting times ahead after it announced plans for expansion across the UK. Run by husband and wife team Shaun and Julia Parris, Little Village Sweet Shop has been a popular fixture at Winchester's Cathedral Christmas market, selling UK produce...


30 MAY 2014

MP hears promising home ownership news from leading estate agent

Steve Brine met up with the Managing Director of Charters estate agents on Friday 30th May, and was given a full briefing on the local housing market. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was in Alresford, where he took time to meet with Rob Mott at Charters' Alresford branch, one year after the...


30 MAY 2014

A new town clock for Alresford

Steve Brine joined the New Alresford Town Trust (NATT), local residents and civic dignitaries including local councillors and the Mayor, Alresford's very own Ernie Jeffs, outside the Swan Hotel on Friday 30th May, as he unveiled a very special new town clock. The Alresford MP had been asked to help...


30 MAY 2014

Preparing for the 5th Alresford Music Festival and introducing a new local business

Steve Brine met with Tim Miller on Friday 30th May, a key member of the Alresford Music Festival team, who has also started up a new marketing business in the town. One half of Thomas Miller Ltd, which is a new style of creative and marketing agency, Tim briefed Steve on the business, before discus...


30 MAY 2014

The retiring Mayor's formal dinner

Steve and Susie Brine were guests at Winchester Guildhall on Friday 30th May at the formal retiring dinner for our outgoing Mayor. Cllr Ernie Jeffs, who represents Alresford on Winchester City Council, has been the Mayor for the past year, and with his wife Barbara, as Lady Mayoress, joining him at...


29 MAY 2014

Wessex Cancer Trust tell MP about expansion plans

Volunteers from Winchester's Wessex Cancer Trust spent Thursday morning briefing Steve Brine on their plans for expansion and upcoming events, as they met at their St Georges Street base. The team explained their long-term vision, the growing number of people they are supporting and the costs of ma...


26 MAY 2014

All the fun of the Kings Worthy fete

Steve Brine took his family to their first fete of the year as St Mary's Church played host to the 2014 Kings Worthy fete. While the weather was wet, there was much on offer and so many local people braved the conditions to take part in the afternoon. One highlight was the Ugandan group WATOTO who...


23 MAY 2014

Increased Conservative momentum in Winchester after local election results

It has been another successful set of local elections for Winchester Conservatives after they increased their lead over rival parties on Winchester City Council.Before the election results were announced, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both had 27 councillors each, with two Labour represe...


18 MAY 2014

Alresford bride makes it to the church on time thanks to Watercress Festival organisers

Hampshire bride, Jenny Honiatt, was swept through crowds at the annual Watercress Festival in a Rolls Royce led by the Sussex Jazz Kings, in Alresford on 18th May. Proceedings were specially halted by festival organisers to allow Jenny to get to her wedding on time at Norton Park Hotel. The manager...


16 MAY 2014

MP visits Twyford Speedwatch

Steve Brine met with the Twyford Speedwatch team on Friday 16th May, as he learnt more about their work and search for more volunteers. The Twyford MP joined the group, led by well-known village volunteer Penny Smith, on the High Street as they monitored traffic speeds into the village by Twyford S...


16 MAY 2014

A morning on Twyford High Street

Steve Brine spent some time in Twyford High Street on Friday 16th May, as he knocked in doors to speak to a large number of villagers. The MP and his team were joined by city councillor Jan Warwick, and as ever, a range of local and national issues came up on the doorsteps. Steve said: "Jan and I ...


15 MAY 2014

MP visits Christ Church Download

Steve Brine dropped into St Cross on Thursday 15th May to meet a group of youngsters at Christ Church. Following a briefing in the House of Commons from a volunteer who works with young people at the church, Steve decided he wanted to chat to them himself to learn more about their ambitions and con...


12 MAY 2014

Brilliant bake-off whisks up a fantastic £600 for new pre-school building

Colourful cupcakes and impressive Victoria sponges were in the spotlight at Oliver's Battery Pre-school bake off competition last week as children and adults did their baking best to raise money in aid of a new pre-school building. With judging from the Oliver's Battery WI group and Cupcake Dolly, ...


10 MAY 2014

MP opens Fulflood community fete

Steve Brine opened the St Paul's Community Day on Saturday 10th May, as Fulflood turned out in force to help fundraise for the St Matthew's Church lighting appeal. After an introduction from Rev Peter Seal, Steve spoke to a large crowd at St Paul's Church, which also included the Mayor and Mayoress...


09 MAY 2014

Steve Brine visits Lakeside School

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine dropped into Lakeside School on Winchester Road recently to congratulate School Council members who won a prestigious Princess Diana Award. The MP met with pupils Alex Morris, Ben Franks, Jake Burdon and Alfie Tyson as well as Headteacher, Gareth Evan...


09 MAY 2014

Steve Brine visits Weeke Primary School

Steve Brine visited Weeke Primary School on Friday 9th May, to take a tour of the school and catch up with staff and children. The Winchester MP visited every classroom during the course of his visit, and was accompanied by the school's Year 6 hosts. He also caught up with members of the school ne...


09 MAY 2014

MP visits transformed RHCH

Steve Brine met with RHCH Chief Executive Mary Edwards following the public meeting he held back in March, to discuss future plans and to look at the transformed frontage of our hospital. Top of the agenda was the consultation phase in respect of the new Critical Treatment Centre. A formal consult...


08 MAY 2014

Scouts Car Booting for their Log Cabin

Winchester MP Steve Brine visited the 11th Winchester Scouts in Fulflood on Thursday 8th May to find out more about their plans to extend and enhance their scout hut, known locally as the Log Cabin. The Log Cabin was built around 1950 out of old telegraph poles and is a great asset for the communit...


08 MAY 2014

Daytime parking on Courtenay Road

Steve Brine has joined local county councillor Fiona Mather is asking residents around Courtenay Road to respond to the city council over the issue of local parking. Steve said: "The issue of daytime parking on Courtenay Road and Abbotts Road has got steadily worse in recent years and a great many ...


04 MAY 2014

Save the Rec Grand Day Out

Steve Brine and his family attended a Grand Day Out on Sunday 4th May as Save the Rec held the special event at North Walls Recreation Ground. As well as the opportunity to take part in sports such as tennis, rugby, football and croquet, a cricket competition was also held. For many, the highlight...


02 MAY 2014

Steve Brine meets with Youth Options

Winchester MP Steve Brine met with Youth Options on Friday 2nd May to discuss youth provision across the city, and how they could work together. Youth Options was established in the late 1930s, with the key aim to provide help and support for the young people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The...


02 MAY 2014

Welcome for new school places in Colden Common

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that Colden Common Primary School will expand further for September 2014. The school and the county council have agreed, after careful thought, to accept 60 children in Year R this academic year and increase to 45 in Year 1 and 2. They have also agreed to take...


29 APR 2014

Steve Brine brings Prime Minister's flooding envoy to city

Steve Brine brought a Government Minister to Winchester on Tuesday 29th April as part of his work to ensure that the city's response to the recent flooding is fed into the heart of government. Greg Barker, the Minister of State for Climate Change, visited Water Lane and Park Road as Steve Brine and...


28 APR 2014

Basepoint Winchester celebrates special anniversary

Winchester MP Steve Brine MP unveiled a commemorative plaque at Basepoint Winchester on Monday 28th April to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Basepoint Business Centres. A number of guests were at the event, including licensees and local businesses. Lisa Rooney, Basepoint Winchester's centre manag...


27 APR 2014

Emmaus Hampshire celebrates 5th anniversary

Winchester's MP, Steve Brine, with his children Emily and William visited Emmaus Hampshire's Bar End Community on Saturday 26th April to join Companions, Staff, Volunteers, Trustees and Saturday Shoppers celebrating the 5th Anniversary of its opening. Completed in 2008 this was the 19th E...


27 APR 2014

Rains fails to dampen spirits at BABIES fun day

Heavy showers were no deterrent to the hundreds of families attending a fun day to help dedicated volunteers at the Winchester NCT Branch beat their fundraising target. Each year the group need to raise £5,000 to operate B.A.B.I.E.S (Babies and Breastfeeding Information Encouragement Support)...


23 APR 2014

Planning reforms and wind farms on agenda for CPRE

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford, met with representatives from the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to discuss many of the issues facing the local countryside (Wednesday 23rd April 2014), including recently enacted reforms to the planning system and ...


23 APR 2014

MP visits South Wonston Seniors

Steve Brine fielded a range of questions on Wednesday 23rd April as he (and Popcorn) joined members of South Wonston Seniors Club. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP opened up the session to discuss a number of important topics, which included immigration, the future of Scotland, foreign aid a...


12 APR 2014

Dr Doolittle show 'superb' says local MP

Steve Brine took his daughter Emily to St Swithun's school on Saturday 12th April, as Winchester Girlguiding staged Dr Doolittle. Steve and Emily watched over 70 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from Winchester in the show, as well as a number of adult performers at the school over Saturday a...


11 APR 2014

Steve meets new boss of St John's Winchester Charity Almshouses

Steve Brine met up with Clive Cook, new head of St John's Almshouses, on Friday 11th April, to discuss the future, the management of the charity and its work with the Chesil Theatre over the community facility on Chesil Street. A Cambridge graduate, Clive was a partner at Baker and McKenzie, the wo...


05 APR 2014

Busiest village surgery yet in Sutton Scotney

Steve Brine held the latest in his popular street surgeries on Saturday morning out he was joined by local councillors and police outside Dever Stores in the heart of Sutton Scotney. There was a queue for the full two hours they were there, and joining Steve (and Popcorn) were hard-working local co...


04 APR 2014

Memorial Games Area opens in Compton and Shawford

Compton and Shawford turned out in force at the Memorial Playing Field on Friday 4th April for the official opening of the new Multi Use Games Area. Steve Brine took his children, Emily and William, along to the special event after a busy surgery, as the parish council was joined by local city coun...


04 APR 2014

Official opening of Stanmore Memorial Garden

Members of Stanmore's Green Team have been hard at work for weeks designing and preparing a memorial garden in the school quad. Planted with spring flowers and herbs, the garden incorporates a slate and wooden butterfly design with large pebbles hand-painted by pupils and staff. Mrs Justine Brooks...


03 APR 2014

Skatepark success!

Steve Brine has congratulated local skater Steve Willoughby following news that a new state-of-the-art skatepark will be built in Winchester at the end of August. Work starts on the landmark £270,000 skatepark at North Walls on Monday 7th April, with funding of £170,000 from Town Forum ...


29 MAR 2014

Another street surgery in Alresford

Steve Brine spent a busy morning in Alresford on Saturday 29th March, as he held an action-packed street surgery with Cllr Lisa Griffiths. Now in its 8th year, Steve and Lisa spoke to a vast number of people on the corner of Broad Street and West Street, and were joined by local PCSOs Laura Willshi...


28 MAR 2014

Steve Brine visits Sparsholt C of E Primary School

Steve Brine met with new Sparsholt Head Lindsay McCarthy on Friday 28th March, as hegot to know the school, and took a tour, meeting staff and children. Speaking afterwards, the Winchester MP said: "For one reason or another, this was my first visit to Sparsholt School and what a pleasure it was. ...


27 MAR 2014

Silver Hill exhibition in city

A three day exhibition is being held by Winchester City Council from 27th March to unveil refinements to Henderson Global Investor's Silver Hill scheme. Following confirmation by the Secretary of State last year for a Compulsory Purchase Order on the scheme, Henderson, as part of its preparation fo...


27 MAR 2014

Steve chairs packed NHS meeting in Winchester

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine chaired a packed public meeting in the city this evening (27th March 2014) about the future of hospital services for Winchester. Local NHS bosses outlined plans for a possible reconfiguration of services across Winchester and Basingstoke ahead of a fo...


21 MAR 2014

MP highlights Farnborough Airport proposals

Winchester MP Steve Brine is asking his constituents, across the Itchen Valley and Alresford in particular, to find out more about plans by TAG Farnborough Airport which could significantly increase the amount of air traffic in the area. The airport, which is largely used for VIP and business jets,...


21 MAR 2014

MP visits Toynbee School in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine visited Toynbee School on Friday 21st March to meet with staff and pupils, and spend some time with headteacher Matthew Longden. The Chandler's Ford MP took a tour of the school before holding a busy surgery on Winchester Rd. Speaking afterwards, he said: "That was a superb visit to Toy...


20 MAR 2014

Steve's welcome for new tax cut in Budget and help for savers

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed a new tax cut announced in today's Budget and said help for savers would be met with 'relief' by thousands of pensioners locally. From April 2015 the personal allowance will rise to £10,500, cutting taxes for 25 million people and t...


19 MAR 2014

ASKtheNHS meeting – seats filling up fast

Places are quickly being taken up for Steve Brine's ASKtheNHS meeting, due to take place on the evening of Thursday 27th March in the city centre. This landmark event, which coincides with Steve's major Health Check survey which has been delivered across Winchester & Chandler's Ford, will give...


18 MAR 2014

Micheldever 'new town' ruling fantastic news says MP

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has said it's 'fantastic news' after the High Court threw out a challenge by Zurich Assurance that could have re-opened Winchester's local plan and threatened once again a major development across acres of unspoilt Hampshire downlands. Today (Tuesday ...


15 MAR 2014

Steve joins Cllr Lisa Griffiths in Alresford

Steve Brine spent Saturday morning in Alresford as he joined Cllr Lisa Griffiths and the team chatting to residents across the Georgian town. The Alresford MP and Lisa, a respected town councillor who is running for Winchester City Council this Spring, spoke to a large number of local people, about...


14 MAR 2014

The Big Pedal at Fryern

Steve Brine joined up with Fryern Infant and Junior Schools on Friday 14th March as Sustrans led The Big Pedal in a special 'superhero' event. The Chandler's Ford MP even dressed up as Superman, joining characters such as Batman, Wolverine, and even a Super Mario as the school celebrated cycling an...


10 MAR 2014

MP attends Commonwealth flag-raising ceremony at Great Hall

Steve Brine attended a special ceremony at the Great Hall on Monday 10th March, as he joined the raising of the Commonwealth Flag in Hampshire's county town. The flag was raised, along with 500 other flags across the country, to mark Commonwealth Day, as for the first time, local authorities and ci...


08 MAR 2014

Steve Brine relaunches Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital following £8m refurbishment

The Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital hosted a double celebration recently after works on the £8 million refurbishment scheme drew to a close. The hospital hosted their official re-launch celebrations alongside a successful GP educational day with over 100 GPs from the region in attendance. Nuf...


08 MAR 2014

MP speaks to Kings Worthy men’s group

Steve Brine spent part of Saturday morning in Kings Worthy as he addressed the monthly breakfast of a men's fellowship. The Kings Worthy MP spoke to the gathering at St Mary's church, and spent 20 minutes telling the group about his experiences being a Christian in politics. Speaking afterwards, S...


07 MAR 2014

MP addresses annual Business Breakfast

Steve Brine spoke to members of the Winchester business community on Friday 7th March, as he met with Hampshire Chamber and Winchester BID for their annual Parliamentary Business Breakfast. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP addressed over 40 key city business owners, and led with a full updat...


07 MAR 2014

Steve speaks at major conference in city

Steve Brine addressed a major conference in Winchester today (Friday 7th March) as hundreds of delegates came together to discuss reoffending. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP had been asked by the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Younger, to bring a Westminster perspective to the event, an...


07 MAR 2014

Funding success for Micheldever Station!

Hard work has really paid off for a local community as Warren Hall has been recognised in a special community buildings funding round. The result is that Hampshire County Council will now make a significant investment in Micheldever Station. MP Steve Brine and local councillors, Stephen Godfrey, Ba...


06 MAR 2014

Steve holds first post-flood session with Littleton representatives

The village of Littleton was hit hard by groundwater flooding during the February floods which hit our area. Winchester MP Steve Brine was in the village many times during recent weeks meeting with residents and helping out and returned today (Thursday 6th March 2014) to chair a first post-flood me...


05 MAR 2014

MP chairs post-flood meeting in Hursley

The recent flooding has brought many challenges to our area, including the beautiful village of Hursley. Extremely high groundwater levels led to a wide range of problems which flooded cellars and overwhelmed sewerage systems, at one point sending raw sewage down Main Road in the heart of the villa...


05 MAR 2014

Twyford meeting after the floods

Winchester MP Steve Brine brought together local councillors and officials from various agencies today (Wednesday 5th March 2014) to discuss the recent flooding and how it affected the village of Twyford. Senior officers from county and city councils joined representatives from Southern Water and t...


04 MAR 2014

Post flood meeting for the Worthys

Winchester MP Steve Brine brought together local councillors and key agencies to consider the lessons learned across Kings Worthy and Headbourne Worthy following recent flooding. The meeting was described as a "first step" in putting plans in place to mitigate future bad weather in the area. Senio...


03 MAR 2014

Tennis goes back to school in Winchester

The Schools Tennis Road Show visited Winchester Tennis Club on Monday with the aim of helping teachers and schools representatives inspire schoolchildren to take up tennis and emulate Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. More than 3,000 people have attended the Schools Tennis Road Shows since they began...


02 MAR 2014

MP visits Colden Common Youth Football Club

Steve Brine spent some time in Colden Common on Sunday 2nd March as he visited the excellent Colden Common Youth Football Club. The Colden Common MP, who took his young son William and Popcorn, met some of the coaches and parents and checked out the clubhouse facilities, as well as chatting about ...


28 FEB 2014

Barron Close open for business

Steve Brine joined the Mayor and Mayoress, councillors and members of Winchester Housing Trust (WHT) at the official opening of a fantastic small development in Micheldever on Friday 28th February. The Micheldever MP was delighted to open Barron Close, situated at the end of Dever Close, which will...


27 FEB 2014

Hampshire children inspired to enter countryside poetry competition

A group of local Hampshire school children gathered on 27th February for the launch of a countryside poetry competition, with Sir Andrew Motion, former poet laureate, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Winchester. In attendance were sponsor, Gemma Lacey of The Southern Cooperative (TSC), Hampshire poet, Jo...


20 FEB 2014

MP speaks to police over careless drivers in flood-hit Springvale

Steve Brine has spoken to police after disturbing reports from Kings Worthy of careless drivers making the flooding situation worse by speeding. Springvale Road, in Kings Worthy, has been one of the worst-hit parts of the area during the local flooding, and speeding cars create 'bow waves', which c...


20 FEB 2014

Steve Brine guest-edits WINOL

Steve Brine met with students and staff at the University of Winchester on Wednesday 19th February after he was asked to spend an afternoon guest-editing their online news service. Run by journalism students, WINOL (which stands for Winchester OnLine) reports on local news from across the district,...


19 FEB 2014

Sandbags (and the army) at dawn in Kings Worthy

Local MP Steve Brine spent this morning in Kings Worthy as local residents managed a large delivery of sandbags to the village. Late last night, the army dropped off a quantity of 1000 sandbags on Lovedon Lane, just outside the King Charles pub which remains fully open for business. The Winchester...


18 FEB 2014

Dropping in to Winchester Dementia Cafe

Steve Brine met staff and customers from across the district at a very special Littleton cafe on Tuesday 18th February. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP visited Winchester Dementia Cafe at Littleton Millennium Hall, a monthly event run by The Alzheimer's Society. The event was packed with ov...


18 FEB 2014

MP to brief COBRA as he thanks flood agencies

Steve Brine has said that credit is due to the teamwork which did so much to protect central Winchester over the past two weeks. The Winchester MP has been working across the constituency, around the clock, helping residents, businesses and schools to problem-solve the dreadful recent floods, and h...


17 FEB 2014

Success for flood-hit Twyford playgroup

Swift action from Winchester MP Steve Brine has helped a flood-hit playgroup, which had been facing a long period of closure, to re-open after half-term. Following extensive flooding in the village of Twyford, including at the parish hall, the Twyford Playgroup was forced to close last week, and in...


16 FEB 2014

MP to chair major health meeting

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine will chair a meeting on the evening of 27th March which will give people a chance to learn more about possible changes to the NHS locally. Proposals currently being discussed could see major service changes at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital ...


16 FEB 2014

Steve returns to Twyford

Steve Brine was back in Twyford (Saturday 15 February 2014) as the community continues its incredible response to recent flooding. A control centre has been set-up in the heart of the village which residents staff continually to enforce the road closure in place for Hazeley Road. The MP was also i...


16 FEB 2014

Sky News visit city to tell our story

Winchester MP Steve Brine spoke live to Sky News on Friday lunchtime as the broadcaster visited the city to share our story with the nation. Steve spoke to Lorna Dunkley from Water Lane in central Winchester about how we were coping with the unprecedented and sustained rainfall, and how the whole c...


15 FEB 2014

MP visits Hursley as sewage concern remains

Local MP Steve Brine dropped into Hursley on Saturday afternon (15 February 2014) as the village continues to battle serious issues caused by recent ground-water flooding. Joined by City Councillors, Jan Warwick and Mike Southgate - and Parish Chairman, Eleanor Bell - the MP visited several homes a...


15 FEB 2014

Flash floods hit Sutton Scotney

Saturday afternoon proved no let up for local MP Steve Brine in his efforts to support every community affected by the current flooding. The Winchester MP joined Cllr Stephen Godfrey in Sutton Scotney to meet affected residents and see how the village was coping with flash floods which hit them on ...


13 FEB 2014

MP chairs Pitt Manor update as final plans come forward

Winchester MP Steve Brine recently chaired a big meeting in the city to consider the controversial Pitt Manor development as councillors prepare to consider the full planning application. The scheme, which will see 200 homes and a new park-and-ride site built just off the Romsey Road, was given out...


12 FEB 2014

Helping out in Littleton

Residents in parts of Littleton have been hit very hard by recent flooding as groundwater levels and overflowing storm drains spilled over. North and South Drive were badly affected as was the main road through the village at its lowest point adjacent to the village pond.  Pitter Close (off Fy...


12 FEB 2014

Bid to protect City homes by flooding Itchen Valley farmland

The Environment Agency joined force with Highways overnight this week as watercourses in the Itchen were blocked to ease the flow of water downstream into Winchester. The work took place on Tuesday night and was completed in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Easton, with large sandbags (pictu...


10 FEB 2014

Teamwork at St Bede as city flooding continues

Local MP Steve Brine dropped in St Bede School in Winchester on Monday 10th February, as staff battled the floods with teams from Hampshire County Council. The Winchester MP met with Headteacher Louise Fitzpatrick and said how incredibly impressed he was with the dedicated spirit shown by the whole...


09 FEB 2014

MP visits flood-hit Twyford

It was all hands on deck in Twyford on Sunday 9th February, as Steve Brine dropped into support residents battling the floods on Hazeley Road. Steve, who was joined by his two children, met up on site with County Councillor Rob Humby who has been working tirelessly to support villagers since water ...


08 FEB 2014

Kings Worthy hit hard by flooding

Local MP Steve Brine has been working flat out with local agencies and residents as serious flooding hit the village of Kings Worthy. After spending the morning in central Winchester where water levels remain extremely high, Steve took the Environment Agency and officers from Hampshire's Emergency ...


07 FEB 2014

MP works with agencies as floods loom

As flooding looms across the area, Steve Brine has taken key emergency planning representatives door-to-door to visit affected residents at their homes. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP brought together the Environment Agency and environmental and emergency planning officers from Hampshire C...


31 JAN 2014

Chococo open for business

Award-winning Dorset-based chocolatier Chococo had its new Winchester shop officially opened by the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Ernie Jeffs, and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester on Friday 31st January. Located at the Guildhall end of the High Street, the new shop sells a wide selection Chococo's ...


20 JAN 2014

Power company called to account after Northington blackouts

Representatives of the local community and power company SSE came together in Northington on January 20th after a series of power cuts ruined Christmas for hundreds of families. The meeting was convened by Winchester MP Steve Brine after he was contacted by Parish Council Chairman, John Mitchell. ...


20 JAN 2014

Steve Brine speaks as new birthing suites opened

Steve Brine visited the Royal Hampshire County Hospital on Friday 17th January as Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust officially opened two new birthing suites. The two suites, named Water Meadow and Willow, were first used in the summer of 2013. Since then Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation T...


20 JAN 2014

Steve marks ten years of Winchester Basics Bank at Unity Service

Steve Brine attended The Unity Service at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 19th January, as Winchester Basics Bank also held a reception to mark 10 years in the city. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was one of hundreds of local people who took part in the service, which fell as the Week of Pr...


20 JAN 2014

MP welcomes new gong for Winchester Business Awards

Steve Brine has welcomed news of a new city business award, recommended by local entrepreneur Adrienne Marsden, pictured. For over 10 years, the Winchester Business Excellence Awards have recognised and celebrated the achievements of local businesses and their commitment to achieving excellence. Du...


18 JAN 2014

Stand up for Stanmore

The Carroll Centre hosted a joint drop-in with the Stanmore Community Association on Saturday 18th January as the two organisations continue discussions about a merger. The session, organised by local resident Alistair Marsden among others, gave people the chance to discuss current community facilit...


18 JAN 2014

Alresford Coop Community Card launch

Steve Brine visited Alresford on Saturday 18th January as Broadlands Group RDA was selected by The Southern Cooperative Alresford as their Community Card Charity for 2014. Broadlands first started offering rides to disabled children in 1955 and provides over 900 rides per year. Based at some wonder...


17 JAN 2014

The search for Alfred the Great

Winchester MP Steve Brine has spoken of his great excitement after a packed press conference heard of the possibility that part of the remains of King Alfred may have been found in the city. National media, including The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and the Daily Mail, as well as ITV news, conv...


14 JAN 2014

Launch of major health survey

MP Steve Brine has launched a major survey about the local NHS to mark the start of 2014. The MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford has produced his Health Check Survey which covers general health policy, hospital as well as primary care and asks for views about the future of hospital services in...


13 JAN 2014

Winchester student to volunteer in Ghana

A University of Winchester student is set to travel to Ghana this summer, as she seeks to make a difference in a range of development projects in the country. Rachel Baines, an English Literature student, will fly out to Accra with the charity Thrive Africa as part of a volunteering project, and be...


11 JAN 2014

Steve holds village surgery in Itchen Abbas

Local MP Steve Brine held a busy village surgery in Itchen Abbas last weekend (Saturday 11th January). Steve was joined at the event, which was held in the village hall, by well-known councillor Kim Gottlieb. They met a large number of residents who came to discuss issues ranging from the local wat...


10 JAN 2014

Lorries on agenda as MP visits Alresford Salads

Winchester & Alresford MP Steve Brine visited Alresford Salads on Friday 10th January 2014 to learn more about this growing business and its wide range of work in the local community. Also on Mr Brine's agenda however, were issues around heavy traffic through Alresford, and especially The Soke, ...


10 JAN 2014

Steve visits the Chemo Cookery Club

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine dropped into a cookery club with a difference today (Friday 10th January) as he visited a local couple leading the fight against cancer. Chemo Cookery Club is a book of recipes, written by Micheldever based cook Penny Ericson, after her husband Simon ...


07 JAN 2014

Storm consultation following extreme weather

Steve Brine has welcomed a public power consultation following the recent appalling weather. Following the devastating winds and flooding that affected the electricity distribution network in central southern England on 23 and 24 December, SSE has published a consultation seeking feedback from cust...


06 JAN 2014

Steve Brine announces 2014 PMQs dates

Steve Brine has published dates for his 2014 PMQs ballots. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has three pairs of tickets for the weekly exchange per year, and rather than allocating them privately, has always held a free and random ballot for any constituents who may be interested in going to t...


03 JAN 2014

Itchen Abbas Village Surgery

Winchester MP Steve Brine will be holding the latest of his village surgeries in Itchen Abbas on Saturday 11th January 2014. He will be at Itchen Abbas Village Hall from 10:30 - 12midday and will be joined by local City Councillor, Kim Gottlieb. They also hope to have a member of the Safer Neighbou...


19 DEC 2013

Steve Brine MP chairs urgent meeting in Hiltingbury

Steve Brine MP chaired an urgent meeting of police and community representatives in Hiltingbury after a run of anti-social behaviour around the Recreation Ground in recent weeks. The meeting, held on Friday 13th December at The Hilt, heard how local teenagers have been entering the building without...


16 DEC 2013

Over £5m extra support for local pupils

Steve Brine has welcomed the news that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in Winchester & Chandler's Ford have been allocated £2,128,000 for 2014/15 to help them achieve their full potential. This is good news for pupils and good news for their families. The Pupil Premium is additional...


13 DEC 2013

New home opened for day nursery at Winchester's Westgate

Children, their families and staff celebrated the opening of a new building for the Rotherly Day Nursery at The Westgate School in Winchester recently. Hampshire County Council's Leader, Councillor Roy Perry, was joined by Steve Brine MP to unveil a special plaque, surrounded by tiles printed with ...


13 DEC 2013

Posties Christmas treat

Local MP Steve Brine paid a visit to Winchester's hard-working posties at the crack of dawn this morning (Friday 13th December) to hand out some festive mince pies and to thank them for their work on behalf of his constituents. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spent time chatting to postmen ...


12 DEC 2013

Please, give us time to cross!

Steve Brine is leading a local campaign which seeks to give elderly and vulnerable pedestrians more time to cross the road. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has spoken to a number of his constituents who share his concern that the timings of crossings are too short, and is writing formally t...


12 DEC 2013

New consultation for Micheldever pyrolysis plant

A new round of public consultation has been launched following revised plans for the proposed Micheldever ERC plant. The original application was made in 2012 by RLANDenergyLtd, who formally lodged an initial application with Hampshire County Council for an energy recovery centre on land alongside ...


12 DEC 2013

Filipino Christmas party fundraiser

Steve Brine has backed the Hampshire Filipino Association in the House of Commons as it is announced that a Christmas party will be held to raise money following Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon, which now took place over a month ago, wrought havoc and devastation across the Philippines, and the local F...


10 DEC 2013

MP urges Winchester & Chandler's Ford Equitable pensioners to apply for their compensation

Steve Brine is calling on any constituents who had pensions with Equitable Life to make sure they get the compensation promised to them by the government before it is too late. The Equitable Life Payments Scheme was set up by the coalition in 2011 to pay up to £1.5 billion to victims of the E...


09 DEC 2013

Rail Minister visits city

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine hosted Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond, on Monday 9th December to view the various works taking place at Winchester railway station and follow up on some key issues raised at a recent public meeting in the city. Mr Hammond, who grew up in Chandler's Fo...


02 DEC 2013

An Advent Fair in Stanmore

Steve Brine took his family to Stanmore on Saturday 30th November as St Luke's Church held an Advent Fair as part of their special Advent Open Weekend. As part of the celebration, there was an exhibition of Nativity Cribs from churches across Winchester, alongside privately owned cribs from across ...


02 DEC 2013

MP ‘seriously impressed’ at rugby club

Winchester & Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine has praised volunteers at Winchester Rugby Club following a visit on Saturday 30th November. Steve visited the ground shortly before Winchester's home game against London Cornish to view the recently refurbished accommodation and discuss the implicatio...


01 DEC 2013

Revamp for station area?

Steve Brine has welcomed a new report which shows how the railway station area of Winchester could be revitalised. Winchester City Council commissioned a 'Development Assessment' from planning and urban design specialists Tibbalds to look at the potential of the Winchester Station approach. Hampshi...


30 NOV 2013

Please help! Amy goes missing in Kings Worthy

Amy, a flatcoated retriever, went missing on the morning on Friday 29th November after being attacked by another dog. She fled from Top Field in Kings Worthy, and while search parties have been out tirelessly, there is still no sign of her. Steve Brine is appealing for everyone in the area to keep...


18 NOV 2013

Tubbies here to stay!

Local parents and toddlers have joined Winchester MP Steve Brine in celebrating after a local man stepped in to rescue a popular Kings Worthy playgroup. Tubbies playgroup was at risk of closure after the previous organisers left after the summer holidays, but Chris Russell, of Somerville Rd, has fi...


15 NOV 2013

Seating, fares, WiFi and safety at ASK SWT meeting

Future capacity, fares, customer services and passenger safety were all on the agenda on Thursday 14th November as the boss of South West Trains answered questions from local rail passengers. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine organised the ASK SWT meeting which gave around seventy peo...


15 NOV 2013

4 year old Ellis wins Christmas card contest

Reception year pupil Ellis Gauntlett Boak has been announced as the overall winner of Steve Brine's Christmas Card competition for 2013. The 4 year old, from Itchen Abbas Primary School, won the annual award with a wonderful depiction of a robin wearing a hat and scarf. As in previous years, Win...


14 NOV 2013

Development strategy proposed for Colden Common

After a recent consultation with Colden Common residents, Commonview have now proposed a development strategy for the village to meet the required housing target. The strategy was led by resident's views and focused all the development along the B3354, Main Road on mainly brown field sites. It was ...


14 NOV 2013

Steve Brine backs £950M City Deal for Hampshire

Steve Brine has given his backing to a new City Deal in Hampshire following news that local authorities and business groups will see thousands of new jobs created in Southampton and Portsmouth. The deal, announced on Tuesday, will provide £953 million of investment into the area, creating mor...


14 NOV 2013

Local Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Romsey Road, Winchester, has been awarded a £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to part-fund an exciting new exhibition marking the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015. The museum will contribute a similar amount of money to the proje...


13 NOV 2013

MP congratulates winners of local funding

Steve Brine has congratulated a number of Chandler's Ford community groups after Chandler's Ford Parish Council held a 'Granted to You' evening on Monday 11th November. At the event, 14 local community groups gave presentations on the projects they were working on and made bids for a share of the o...


11 NOV 2013

Transport Secretary visits 'nasty' junction

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited a high profile accident spot near Winchester on the morning of 11th November. He made a flying visit to A33 junction outside the Cart & Horses Pub at Kings Worthy after being invited by local MP Steve Brine. Mr Brine is working with a special...


10 NOV 2013

MP lays wreath at Remembrance service

Steve Brine laid a special wreath at Winchester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday, as thousands gathered to pay their respects. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was joined by his wife, Susie, as local people, including many ex-servicemen from across the district, paused for the two-minute Act ...


09 NOV 2013

Alresford surgery discusses lorry problem

The problem of large lorries navigating their way through Alresford was raised with MP Steve Brine during his latest street surgery in the town on Saturday 9th November. There is growing concern in Alresford about large vehicle movements, especially in The Soke where the narrow road often struggles...


08 NOV 2013

New survey on transport priorities

Steve Brine has welcomed a survey asking for views on transport across the Hampshire area. Enterprise M3 Local Area Partnership is very keen to hear opinions on where new investment should be directed, and on what the upcoming priorities should be. Over the past year Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise...


05 NOV 2013

Future of our Leisure Centre exhibition

Steve Brine has welcomed news of a public exhibition to be held later this month as part of the consultation programme about the future of River Park Leisure Centre. The exhibition will run from 1pm on Monday 18th November to Monday 2th December at two venues: the River Park Leisure Centre at North...


04 NOV 2013

Consultation on All Saints primary places

Hampshire County Council has announced a public consultation into primary school places at All Saints CE Primary School in Highcliffe. The birth rate has risen throughout Hampshire in recent years, and that has created real pressure on pupil places, and last year, Steve Brine led a campaign on prim...


04 NOV 2013

MP announces Christmas Card winners

Ellis Gauntlett Boak has been announced as the overall winner of Steve Brine's Christmas Card competition 2013. The 4 year old, from Itchen Abbas Primary School, won the annual award with a wonderful depiction of a robin wearing a hat and scarf. As in previous years, Winchester & Chandler's Fo...


02 NOV 2013

Steve mingles with thousands at traditional city Bonfire

Winchester MP Steve Brine and his young family joined thousands of people at River Park on Saturday 2nd November for Bonfire Night. Alongside Susie, Emily, William and Popcorn, he spent time chatting to residents from across the district as they flocked together for the annual celebration in the he...


29 OCT 2013

Timely spruce up for War Memorial

MP Steve Brine has thanked Southern Water and its supplier Clancy Docwra for helping care for a village's war memorial. The two companies are committing time and money to sprucing up the memorial in Main Road, Otterbourne, ahead of next year's 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. ...


29 OCT 2013

Skatepark on the way for Winchester

Steve Brine was warmly welcomed news that wheeled-sports fans are going to have a new skate park built for them following a long-running campaign led by local skater Steve Willoughby. The Veolia Environmental Trust have generously awarded Winchester City Council a grant of £100,000 through th...


28 OCT 2013

Winchester Ramblers call on Steve Brine MP to support the walking revolution

Ramblers stepped out with Steve Brine MP on a walk to Abbotts Worthy to demonstrate the importance of walking for the health and wellbeing of Winchester on Sunday 27th October. A recent YouGov survey revealed that, alarmingly, a quarter of adults walk for an hour or less a week¹ -including eve...


21 OCT 2013

Welcome for new onshore wind rules

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed new strengthened guidance from the coalition Government over onshore wind planning applications. The MP was speaking after a visit to the proposed wind-farm at Woodmancott Down where he met campaigners from the SOS Hampshire Downs group. Back in June of this ...


18 OCT 2013

MP brings SoS for farming community discussion

Steve Brine recently brought a Cabinet Minister to Winchester to meet some prominent local farmers in the heart of rural Hampshire. Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, spent the hour with Steve Brine and the group at the Chestnut Horse pub, in Easton, on a bal...


17 OCT 2013

Environment Secretary impressed with industry skills gained at Sparsholt College

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was highly impressed by the level of industry skills and expertise gained by students at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, when he paid a welcomed visit to the College yesterday. College Principal, Tim Jackson led the minis...


15 OCT 2013

Ask South West Trains event

Local MP Steve Brine has organised an open meeting for commuters and other train users to have their say with the boss of South West Trains. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has arranged for Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of South West Trains and the Network Rail Alliance, to answer questi...


15 OCT 2013

MP Rocks Out with local music students

Students at the Rock Out! Music School in Winchester were recently joined for a jam session by MP Steve Brine. Held at St Barnabas Hall in Weeke, Rock Out! Winchester is one of six Rock Out schools in the local area aiming to offer young people music lessons with a difference. Music lover and MP fo...


14 OCT 2013

New classroom for Twyford St Mary's

The pupils and staff from Twyford St. Mary's C of E Primary warmly welcomed Steve Brine, MP for Winchester, to officially open their new classroom as Reverend Jonah Watts gave a special blessing for the classroom and for all those who will benefit from its use. Steve last visited the school early i...


13 OCT 2013

Ten years up for Chandler's Ford station

Steve Brine joined councillors and staff from the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership at Chandler's Ford station on Sunday 13th October as they celebrated their tenth birthday. In a busy afternoon, the event included a bike doctor, a guided family bike ride, face painting, homemade jewellery st...


11 OCT 2013

MP visits iconic watercress beds

Steve Brine has backed a new scheme looking to secure the services of some young apprentices over the next two years, following a visit to Alresford on Friday 11th October. The Alresford MP visited The Watercress Company, based in Bighton, and found out more about the scheme, which they are running...


11 OCT 2013

Home Instead Senior Care staff qualify for success!

Recognising that providing quality care for clients requires a professionally qualified workforce a local care company based in Alresford has been actively encouraging all its caregivers to a study for a QCF in Health and Social Care. After studying for twelve months the first group of caregivers h...


11 OCT 2013

Steve Brine speaks to Winchester residents

Steve Brine took time out of his schedule on Friday 11th October as he engaged with a group of local residents over a range of important topics. Steve said: "I am always keen to engage with as many people as possible, and was delighted to have the opportunity to speak and, more importantly, listen ...


11 OCT 2013

Third Christmas Card competition from local MP

Local MP Steve Brine has launched his third annual school Christmas card competition, open for schools right across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. Steve said: "The competitions in 2011 and 2012 were a great success with so many entries. The sheer quality of the work was hugely impressive, and te...


11 OCT 2013

MP visits Sun Hill Juniors in Alresford

Steve Brine visited Sun Hill junior school in Alresford on Friday 11th October as he met staff and pupils at what he described as a 'happy school'. Speaking after a busy morning in Alresford, and on the way to his surgery, Steve said: "It's rare these days, certainly in my constituency, to vis...


09 OCT 2013

MP welcomes 'part one' of Junction 9 works

Steve Brine has received written confirmation that badly-needed work at Junction 9 of the M3 at Winnall will begin later this month. As part of the Government's the £217.5m 'pinch point' funding programme, which seeks to ease congestion across the country, the Easton Lane junction will see be...


05 OCT 2013

MP holds surgery double-header

Steve Brine held a double surgery on Saturday, as he spent the morning and lunchtime in both Twyford and Colden Common. The Winchester MP was joined by local parish councillor (for Twyford) Jade Cornwall outside Twyford Stores, and newly-elected County Councillor Rob Humby in Twyford as well as lat...


04 OCT 2013

MP lends his best storytelling voice to Book Festival

Winchester MP Steve Brine visited Winchester Discovery Centre on Friday 4th October to prepare for the Wessex Children's Book Festival, taking place this half-term at the Discovery Centre and Theatre Royal. Two young readers helped Steve browse the huge range of books and select some for his forthc...


29 SEP 2013

Steve Brine praises season ticket change for commuters

Local MP Steve Brine has highlighted a key government measure which will provide relief to commuters across his constituency. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has confirmed that employees can now borrow up to £10,000 interest free from their employers to cover the upfront cost of their...


25 SEP 2013

MP visits 'Battery Club' birthday bash

The 'Battery Club' in Oliver's Battery celebrated its 9th birthday in good spirits recently (Wednesday 25th September) and welcomed a special guest to help cut the cake. Local MP Steve Brine dropped into the party – accompanied by his dog Popcorn - to take part in a Q&A session with aroun...


24 SEP 2013

MP outlines Winchester's Big Society at Trust AGM

Steve Brine set out his idea for an innovative new community funding scheme in a keynote speech on the Big Society last night. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was addressing members of the City of Winchester Trust at their AGM, held in the John Stripe Theatre at the University of Winchester...


23 SEP 2013

Green-fingered Steve opens new garden design course in city

Steve Brine discussed his love of gardening at Winchester Discovery Centre on Monday 23rd September, as he opened a fledgling garden design course. Gardens Weekly Ltd is a small business start up aimed at promoting horticultural learning and professional garden services, and Steve met the group of ...


23 SEP 2013

IAC Acoustics welcomes local MP Steve Brine to Winchester HQ

IAC Acoustics, the global leader in engineered noise control solutions, welcomed local MP Steve Brine to its global headquarters in Winchester on Monday 23rd September. Company staff were delighted to show the local MP around and were able to demonstrate to him the imaginative noise control solutio...


22 SEP 2013

MP reads at Worthys Festival Civic Service

Steve Brine attended the Worthys Festival Civil Service at St Mary's Church in Kings Worthy on Sunday 22nd September. The MP, who was joined by Susie and William, read a New Testament piece from the 2nd chapter of St Paul's first letter to Timothy to the congregation, which was also joined by the M...


21 SEP 2013

Steve speaks to Men's Breakfast in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine visited St Martin in the Wood church in Hiltingbury on Saturday 21st September, to join a Men's Breakfast group and discuss his work in Westminster and across the constituency. The group meets monthly for a slap up breakfast with a guest speaker and discussion, and over 30 men came alon...


21 SEP 2013

MP kicks off Worthys Festival with Kings Worthy fete

Steve Brine opened the Kings Worthy fete on Saturday 21st September, which also signalled the start of the action-packed Worthys Festival. The MP, who arrived direct from a packed Fresher's Fair at the University, was joined by his family throughout the afternoon, which took place at Church Green, ...


21 SEP 2013

Bumper Fresher's Fair at Uni

Steve Brine dropped in to Fresher's Fair at the University of Winchester on Saturday 21st September as the campus Conservative society met hundreds of new and returning students. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who was also joined by Cllr James Byrnes, chatted to students about a number of...


17 SEP 2013

Welcome for school meal pledge

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed a Government announcement that pupils at local infant schools are to get free school lunches from next September. The change – which will apply for children in reception, year one and year two - will save parents about £400 a ...


16 SEP 2013

MP discusses 'quiet cancer epidemic' with Southampton surgeon

Steve Brine discussed how the UK can tackle the "quiet epidemic" of oesophageal cancer with a leading Southampton surgeon on Monday 16th September. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP met Mr Tim Underwood, who is based at Southampton General Hospital, who said cases of the cancer – which ...


16 SEP 2013

Winchester lady highlights spinal injuries

Jan Crispin has spoken to Steve Brine about rehabilitation for people with spinal injuries as she raises funds for the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. Jan, who lives in Compton, and her partner had a road traffic accident 3 years ago on their way home from a visit to their family in Cornwall. It wa...


14 SEP 2013

MP impressed at equine-assisted success in Micheldever

Steve Brine presented 13 year old Tia Yeates from West End with a certificate to mark the achievement of an NOCN (National Open College Network) Unit, during a visit to Tower House Horses equine assisted learning centre, on Saturday 14th September. Equine assisted learning is proving beneficial for...


13 SEP 2013

Business canvassing in the city

Steve Brine spent a couple of hours in the city centre chatting to traders from many of the city's shops, cafes and small businesses. The Winchester MP was keen to gauge opinion on sales, footfall and confidence, particularly in light of George Osborne's praise of the city in the House of Commons e...


13 SEP 2013

Call for local autism heroes

Local families and individuals affected by autism are being invited to nominate a person or service that has made a real difference to their lives for a national awards ceremony. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has just opened nominations for the second annual Autism Professionals Awards, which...


12 SEP 2013

Steve speaks to Home-Start AGM

The charity Home-Start is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and local MP Steve Brine dropped into the Winchester branch recently to join the celebrations. Steve, who is a member of the influential Justice Select Committee in the House of Commons, was guest speaker at the group's AGM on the im...


08 SEP 2013

Taking in the Bighton Fete

Steve Brine took young William along to the Bighton Fete on Sunday 8th September, as the round of summer fetes across Winchester & Chandler's Ford draws to a close. Although a torrent of rain affected the start of the event, the sun came out throughout the afternoon, which provided a warm final...


07 SEP 2013

A new office for local employer Ageas

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, and Andy Watson, CEO Ageas UK, officially opened a new office for the local insurance company on Saturday 7th September, marking a new era for Ageas, whose head office has been based in Chandler's Ford for the past 21 years. Supported by the compa...


07 SEP 2013

The Alresford Show 2013

Steve and the whole family spent a fantastic afternoon at the ever-popular Alresford Show on Saturday 7th September. The annual event took place at Tichborne Park, and featured grand parades of prize winning livestock, modern and vintage farm machinery, horse shows and Goats, Donkeys, Pigs, Alpacas...


06 SEP 2013

Launch of Snow White panto at Theatre Royal

Steve Brine dropped into the Theatre Royal on Friday 6th September to visit the launch of Snow White. The popular fairy tale is this year's pantomime, and as well as including well-known characters such as Snow White, the Wicked Queen and the evil stepmother, the performances will also feature the...


06 SEP 2013

The Big Sleep Out

Steve Brine tested the ground for the Big Sleep Out at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 6th September. He joined local resident Wanda Nash and Trinity Winchester staff as they promoted the event, which will take place at the cathedral on Friday 20th September, raising money for Winchester homelessnes...


06 SEP 2013

A new building for Sherborne House

Steve Brine officially opened a new building at Sherborne House school on Friday 6th September, a few months after he cut the first piece of turf. Aided by the school's four senior prefects, Steve performed the opening ceremony by cutting a ribbon tied across the £1.2m facility, comprising fo...


05 SEP 2013

Children’s Pet Show held in Littleton

Steve Brine took Popcorn along to the 2013 Children's Pet Show, held at Littleton Recreation Ground on Thursday 5th September, and was on hand to present a range of prizes. The annual event awarded prizes in a number of categories for dogs, including Best Pedigree, Best Cross Breed, Prettiest Bitch...


27 AUG 2013

Jemima's Journey

Jemima Syvret is 5 years old, a sociable little girl from Otterbourne with a wicked sense of humour. She has overcome many health issues in her life and is lucky to still be alive. She now needs lots of support to continue her journey towards an independent life as she takes on Selective Dorsal Rhiz...


26 AUG 2013

Steve (or rather Emily) opens Easton Fete

Steve and his family joined around 1000 people at the Easton fete on Monday 26th August, and the local MP was asked to open the annual village event. The fete, which has been going for decades, was held at the village cricket ground, and had attractions including stalls, games, ferret racing, a dog...


11 AUG 2013

Criterium is a total flyer

Winchester hosted its biggest cycling race for over 16 years this Sunday (August 11) as the Winchester Criterium closed an incredible Summer of Cycling. The city centre race saw nearly 200 cycling enthusiasts from all over the country descend upon the ancient streets from as far afield as Sussex, J...


06 AUG 2013

Summer Tour 'most successful yet'

Local MP Steve Brine has thanked constituents for their support of his Summer Tour this year which he hailed his most successful to date. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP holds a series of events, which coincide with the Summer Parliamentary recess, each July and August and this year include...


03 AUG 2013

Summer Tour street surgery in Alresford

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to Alresford on Saturday 3rd August, as he held a packed street surgery on the corner of Broad Street and West Street. The Alresford MP was joined local town councillor Lisa Griffiths, and of course Popcorn was there too! Over two hours on Saturday morning, they di...


02 AUG 2013

Summer Tour arrives in Otterbourne

Steve Brine continued his successful Summer Tour with an afternoon in Otterbourne on Friday 2nd August. The MP was joined by the village's two local councillors, Mike Southgate and Jan Warwick, and the team spent time chatting to residents on doorsteps in Coles Mede, Cranbourne Drive and Oakwood Av...


01 AUG 2013

Howzat! MP visits Compton & Chandler's Ford Cricket Club

Steve Brine met up with Michael Richardson and a host of youngsters as he visited a fantastic cricket club in Compton on Thursday 1st August. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP dropped in during a summer session, where a large number of boys from across Compton, Hiltingbury and Chandler's Ford...


31 JUL 2013

A first for Badger Farm Summer Tour

It was a first for Badger Farm Sainsbury's as local MP Steve Brine held a special supermarket surgery in store on Wednesday 31st July. The MP was on hand at a designated table placed near the entrance to the busy shop, and spoke with a large number of shoppers as they entered or exited the store. ...


31 JUL 2013

Fryern Arcade venue for Summer Tour

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to Fryern Arcade in Chandler's Ford on Wednesday 31st July, where he was joined by a number of local councillors. The Chandler's Ford MP was inundated with local residents who came along to discuss a variety of matters, from national issues to very local issues. St...


30 JUL 2013

Summer Tour visits Harestock

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to Harestock on Tuesday 30th July, spending the afternoon chatting to residents on and around Priors Dean Road. The Winchester MP, who had held a street surgery in Winnall earlier in the day, was joined by Cllr James Byrnes, who lives in Buriton Road and represents ...


30 JUL 2013

Summer Tour makes a splash in Winnall

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to Winnall on Tuesday 30th July. Joined by newly-elected county councillor, Fiona Mather, and Popcorn, the Winchester MP was outside the parade of ships on Garbett Road throughout the morning. A number of issues were raised, including coaches using Winnall Manor Roa...


30 JUL 2013

£10.5m grant for Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has announced that its second round application for £10.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has succeeded. This national grant has been awarded to enable essential repairs to the Cathedral fabric and conserve its medieval windows. It will also enable the development o...


27 JUL 2013

Street surgery hits South Wonston

South Wonston certainly saw some sunshine before the rain on Saturday (27 July) but it also welcomed local MP Steve Brine to the village who held a street surgery outside the Post Office. The event, which forms part of Steve's Summer Tour 2013, was a huge success and saw Steve joined by popular loc...


26 JUL 2013

Cycling on agenda in St Cross

All matters cycling were top of the agenda when Steve Brine's Summer Tour visited St Cross on Friday, 26 July. Steve was joined by St Michael City and County Councillor, Fiona Mather, for the al-fresco drop-in surgery held at St Faith's Hall in Back Street, St Cross. A number of residents came to ...


26 JUL 2013

Special auction held in Green Man on Saturday 27 July

Local businesses have rallied around Hyde's Eddie Baker as he raises money for KEF Tanzania in memory of his late wife Hannah. Hannah, tragically passed away in an accident on 3rd March this year, and in her memory, Eddie and their group of friends are taking on a whole host of challenges to raises...


25 JUL 2013

Steve chairs crunch Pitt Manor meeting

Winchester MP Steve Brine and St Luke city councillor Jamie Scott pulled together all the key players involved in the Pitt Manor development recently (Thursday 25 July). Pitt Manor will see 200 new houses built just off the Romsey Road in the city centre of Winchester as well as a new Park and...


25 JUL 2013

MP welcomes landmark sign ups for Carbon Smart businesses

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that some of the greenest businesses across the Winchester District gathered together to celebrate their Carbon Smart Winchester status this week. The event celebrated the first 100 businesses to be accredited under the scheme, which recognises efforts made to im...


23 JUL 2013

Teg Down joins Summer Tour

Steve Brine joined up with local campaigner Helen Osborne today (Tues 23 July) for the second leg of his 2013 Summer Tour. The pair spent nearly three hours knocking on doors and chatting to residents in Teg Down Meads as part of the MPs seasonal spring around his constituency. Helen, who is five-...


23 JUL 2013

Steve Brine visits Scouts' Pinsent Camp Site

Steve Brine MP visited Pinsent Camp on the evening of Monday 22 July to learn about the beautiful Camp Site on Teg Down, to receive a briefing on Barton Farm and to make four Silver Chief Scouts Awards to Cubs from the 3rd Winchester (The Worthies) Scout Group. Millie Chilcott aged 10 and a Cub Sco...


23 JUL 2013

Freedom Parade in Winchester

Steve Brine joined a group of thousands as Winchester welcomed home our troops from the front line on Monday 22nd July. Around 160 troops from the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, known as the Tigers, paraded through the city in the searing heat, as well-wishers lined the streets and took advanta...


22 JUL 2013

Public meeting held over Harestock proposals

Steve Brine and Cllr James Byrnes attended a public meeting at Henry Beaufort School to listen to proposals to develop a section of land to the north of Harestock Road. A presentation was made by Paul Bulkeley, of Snug Projects, who has been working with the Welch brothers, who are looking to build...


22 JUL 2013

MP visits Church Paddock in Headbourne Worthy

Steve Brine dropped into a fascinating local business in Headbourne Worthy on Monday 22nd July, as he visited Church Paddock Fishery. Tucked away in Bedfield Lane, the MP met with the team to discuss what the business has to offer anglers, as well as the challenges of managing the fishery in all we...


22 JUL 2013

Summer Tour scorcher kicks off in Kings Worthy

Local MP Steve Brine kicked off his third annual Summer Tour with a packed session outside Tesco in Kings Worthy on Monday 22nd July. The Winchester & Kings Worthy MP was inundated by local residents, who queued to discuss a wide range of matters, from national issues such as ISP-blocking, thro...


19 JUL 2013

MP opens new Winchester Business Centre

Steve Brine dropped into Parchment Street on Friday 19th July to open a dynamic new business centre in the centre of Winchester. Winchester's Business Improvement District has piloted the scheme, which provides a professional, innovative hub for business growth and development in the city. The new...


16 JUL 2013

MP welcomes council initiatives on growth

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Winchester City Council has launched two new grant schemes to stimulate growth during the economic downturn. Following feedback from businesses, the Council has introduced a new pilot scheme of grants to support business start-ups and has also committed to ...


13 JUL 2013

Steve opens scorcher of a Wonston Fete

Local MP Steve Brine jumped off a plane on a whistlestop Saturday, and headed straight to Wonston to open the church Summer fete. On an absolute scorcher of a day, he took his son William and wife Susie for an afternoon packed with fun and local traditional village fair. This year, internationally ...


11 JUL 2013

Local MP wins national award

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, has been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his involvement in campaigns for pedestrian crossings in Winchester. Steve began a campaign for a crossing outside Osborne School in Win...


09 JUL 2013

Football club Family Fun Day

Winchester City Football Club have announced details of their Family Fun Day, which they are running in conjunction with the Joe Glover Trust, on Sunday 14th July. The Joe Glover Trust is a local charity, which was set up after 8 year old Joe fell asleep for the last time in August 2006 after a bra...


04 JUL 2013

Safer Places in Alresford

Following the success of Winchester Safe Places, Steve Brine is delighted at news that Safer Places in Alresford will be launched on 19th July at the Community Centre, when the team will be handing out cards and information throughout the morning. The Safer Places scheme aims to improve the experie...


04 JUL 2013

MP welcomes new health walk

Steve Brine has welcomed a new weekly health walk which has started in Stanmore, expanding the Winchester Health Walks programme. Winchester Health Walks is part of 'Walking for Health', England's largest network of health walk schemes. Run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, it helps peo...


02 JUL 2013

For the love of HCB

Steve Brine met with Hyde resident Eddie Baker in the House of Commons on Monday 1st July to hear a story which quite literally stopped him in his tracks. Eddie's wife, Hannah, tragically passed away in an accident on 3rd March this year, and in her memory, Eddie and their group of friends are taki...


01 JUL 2013

A33 junction meeting held

Community representatives came together on Monday 1st July 2013 to discuss the notorious accident black-spot at the junction of the A33 with London Road. The meeting, which was organised by Winchester MP Steve Brine, included parish, city and county councillors for the area as well as Hampshire Cou...


25 JUN 2013

MP acts over junction black-spot

Winchester MP Steve Brine has called for decisive action at a notorious accident black-spot after another incident took place this week (Mon 24 June) at the A33/London Road junction in Headbourne Worthy. Earlier this month he took the new Transport Portfolio Holder at Hampshire County Council (Cllr...


24 JUN 2013

Armed Forces Week marked in Winchester

Steve Brine joined hundreds of local people in paying tribute to the Armed Forces in Winchester on Monday 24th June, as members of all three services marched through the High Street. A military band made up from The Rifles and The Adjutant General's Corp marched to the Great Hall for a flag raisin...


24 JUN 2013

Remembering Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles

Steve Brine attended a memorial service for the former Winchester MP, Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles, at Winchester Cathedral on Monday 24th June. The Rear Admiral, a decorated war hero, was the MP for Winchester from 1964-1979, and the service was packed with those remembering his life. Win...


16 JUN 2013

Summer Tour 2013 announced

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has revealed details of his Summer Tour for 2013. This is the third such series undertaken by Steve which sees a range of events across his constituency during Parliament's Summer recess. Steve says: "Some people believe MPs put their feet up each Su...


15 JUN 2013

Taking in the Old Alresford Village Fair

On a jam-packed Saturday, Steve and his family also took in the very traditional Village Fair on the Old Alresford Village Green. The fair is well-established, and as well as stalls, sideshows and a variety of events in the arena such as a dog show, tug of war and a duck race in the stream, there w...


15 JUN 2013

St Peter's School Fete

Steve Brine and his family attended a packed St Peter's School Fete on the afternoon of Saturday 15th June. The event was packed full of activities, stalls and games, and also had a delicious array of food on offer. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "I get invited to attend or open lots of fetes so...


14 JUN 2013

Carers Week Celebration

One Community Carers Centre held their annual Carers Week Celebration event on Friday 14th June to celebrate and raise awareness of unpaid family Carers and all they do for their loved ones and the community. The 2013 Carers Week campaign - Prepared to Care? – focused on how the UK's current ...


14 JUN 2013

Local business excellence celebrated in city

Steve Brine joined the very best of local business on Friday 14th June as he took part in the presentations at the 2013 Winchester Business Excellence Awards. Winchester Guildhall hosted the ceremony, which was also addressed by former Bond girl Valerie Leon, who spoke of her memories working with ...


14 JUN 2013

Steve opens new hospital scanners after fire

The MRI and CT scanners at Royal Hampshire County Hospital were officially reopened on Friday 14th June, as Steve Brine was joined by two special guests to do the honours. Kitty Martin and Daisy Cole, both from The Westgate School, witnessed the fire that gutted the unit back in December ...


12 JUN 2013

New uncertainty for children's heart surgery

The future of children's heart services at Southampton General Hospital is again under threat after the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today suspended the Safe & Sustainable review which had ruled it should be allowed to continue to provide these services. Mr Hunt said that the Safe & Susta...


10 JUN 2013

Residents call for action on Worthy Road

Residents in the Abbotts Barton area have enlisted the help of their local MP and new county councillor after safety fears were raised about the Worthy Road in Winchester. Steve Brine brought new Hampshire Transport chief, Cllr Sean Woodward, to meet residents and their newly elected Cllr Fiona Mat...


10 JUN 2013

To Honour a Promise exhibition

The community exhibition 'To Honour a Promise' will be at City Space gallery in the Winchester Discovery Centre from Saturday 15 June until Sunday 7 July. In the bitter winter of 1914-15 a large military camp was created at Morn Hill on the Downs east of Winchester. Two British Army Divisions desti...


07 JUN 2013

Record turnout for swimming gala

Steve Brine joined children, teachers and parents from across the area at the Annual Primary Schools Gala on Friday 7th June at River Park Leisure Centre. As ever, the event was organised by Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club, and this year, the 12th, saw the largest entry numbers from primary ...


07 JUN 2013

MP meets The O.W.L. at Otterbourne Primary School

Steve Brine met with staff and pupils at Otterbourne Primary School on Friday 7th June, and was introduced to a unique learning tool. The Otterbourne Wildlife Lodge is a newly purpose built self sustaining eco building on a unique Site of Importance for Nature Conservation located within the heart ...


02 JUN 2013

East Stratton Village Fete

Steve and his family joined the annual East Stratton Village Fete on Saturday 1st June, for a fun-filled afternoon in glorious sunshine. Complete with tractor rides, games and sideshows, fancy dress and a dog show, the event supported All Saints Church, an Evening Party and a Grand Prize draw. Ste...


29 MAY 2013

MP asks local groups to support UK development efforts

Steve Brine is encouraging charities and not-for-profit groups across Winchester & Chandler's Ford to bid for money from a £4m fund to support efforts to reduce global poverty. The Global Poverty Action Fund's Community Partnership Window allows small, UK-based organisations to put forwar...


25 MAY 2013

MP visits pioneering company in Chandler's Ford

Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine dropped into Microlink PC on Friday 24th May to take a look at their vision of Universal Inclusivity. Microlink PC is Europe's leading provider of assistive technology and disability related management solutions, and they provide services in the Education, Public and ...


24 MAY 2013

MP visits Scantabout in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine dropped into Scantabout Primary School on Friday 24th May to meet with staff and children. The Ionic Close school aims to continue to be an outstanding school, where children are successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens equipped for future success. While visit...


24 MAY 2013

MP encourages local entrepreneurs to get involved in Start-up Hub 2013

Local MP Steve Brine has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in calling on start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in Winchester & Chandler's Ford to get involved in this year's Conservative Party Start-up Hub and win the opportunity to showcase their work in front of thousands of visitors at the ...


22 MAY 2013

New affordable housing in Winchester District

A programme for building new council homes, the first in more than 25 years, is being launched by Winchester City Council. Contracts are about to be signed to begin work on the first two sites: Bourne Close, Otterbourne, and Station Close, Itchen Abbas, which will provide eight new council houses. ...


20 MAY 2013

Pedal, Paddle, Pace mini-triathlon

On Sunday July 21st, participants will cycle, run and kayak through the highways and waterways of Hampshire, in Winchester's Pedal, Paddle, Pace (PPP) triathlon. Local MP Steve Brine joined with local organisers and Katie Blake from Macmillan Cancer Support to launch the event in the village of Eas...


19 MAY 2013

Steve Brine attends Mayor’s Sunday service at Cathedral

Steve Brine joined the new Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester, the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor's Escort, alongside a range of local people as he attended the Mayor's Sunday Service in Winchester Cathedral on 19th May. This year, the event, which includes a procession through the ancient cathedral, ...


18 MAY 2013

Billy Liar at Theatre Royal Winchester

Steve and Susie Brine joined theatregoers at Theatre Royal Winchester of Saturday 18th May as Winchester Operatic Society performed Billy Liar – The Musical. Winchester Operatic Society is a long-standing lively local group which stages musicals, operetta and light operatic productions at The...


17 MAY 2013

Exciting Times Ahead for BMT Hi-Q Sigma

BMT Hi-Q Sigma (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has opened its new office in Micheldever, near Winchester. Local MP Steve Brine attended a short ceremony on Friday 17th May to unveil the new facility which will serve as a hub for the South East and allow BMT to have local presence for its custo...


17 MAY 2013

To Honour a Promise project

The "To Honour a Promise" project aims to erect a permanent memorial to those service personal of the British, Commonwealth (the then British Empire), American and Allied Forces who passed through Winchester Morn Hill Camps on their way to fight for our freedom in the Great War 1914-18. The Upper I...


15 MAY 2013

MP welcomes City Council and Armed Forces Community covenant

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a 'community covenant' was signed by Winchester City Council and the local Armed Forces community at the Guildhall in Winchester on Wednesday 15 May. The covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community, represented by the local a...


11 MAY 2013

St Paul's Community Celebration Day

Steve Brine dropped into a special community celebration day at St Paul's Church, in Fulflood, on Saturday 11th May. Complete with a Noah's Ark theme, the day included country dancing, singing from Western School choir and a raffle, as well as a mobile farm, fire engine and a bouncy castle. The eve...


09 MAY 2013

New sports nutrition shop opens its doors

Local MP Steve Brine helped to celebrate yet another new business in Oliver's Battery recently as he dropped into open a new Sports Nutrition shop. Simplements, which has opened up next door to the popular Steve's Barbers, is aiming to tackle the complexities around sports nutrition, and as well as...


08 MAY 2013

Passing of Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles

The death has been announced this week of former Winchester MP, Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles. He served from May 1964 until 1979 when he was succeeded by John Browne. The Rear Admiral was mentioned in despatches four times and, in September 1941, awarded the George Medal for "gallantry and...


07 MAY 2013

Fryern Funtasia in Chandler’s Ford

Steve Brine and all the family attended a fun-packed afternoon at Fryern Recreation Ground on Monday 6th May, as local people took part in Funtasia. The afternoon included pony rides, go-karts, a circus tent and a small gauge railway, alongside a spider mountain, archery range and an American hog r...


03 MAY 2013

Opening of new outpatient department at RHCH

Winchester MP Steve Brine was present at the opening of the new outpatient department at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester on Friday 3rd May. The new department first opened its doors in the New Year, and all outpatient clinics as well as Audiology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinics...


03 MAY 2013

More Conservative gains in local elections

Winchester MP Steve Brine says he is 'extremely pleased with progress' after another night of gains in the local elections. Elections to Hampshire County Council – which only take place every four years – were held across the area yesterday (Thursday 2nd May 2013) which saw two new Cons...


30 APR 2013

CTC Winchester Women only cycle rides – dates announced

CTC Winchester has announced the dates for a series of women-only cycle rides, designed to encourage more ladies onto two wheels. CTC is a national cycling charity, which inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling. It works to protect and promote cycling to create a healthier, cleaner wor...


30 APR 2013

MP joins Duchess of Cambridge at Naomi House

Steve Brine joined staff, children, parents and volunteers at Naomi House on Monday 29th April as the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Sutton Scotney children's hospice. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has worked closely with the team over the past few years, instigating a petition to the p...


29 APR 2013

Charity fashion-show raises £40k for new 'Haven'

On Wednesday 24 April, Hampshire designer boutique, Moda Rosa, raised £40,000 at a glamorous charity fashion show, held at Lime Wood in the New Forest, to go towards a major fundraising campaign to raise £2.5 million to provide a unique breast cancer support centre for the South, The Wes...


26 APR 2013

MP meets with local If campaigners

Steve Brine met up with some local campaigners at his regular surgery on Friday 26th April, to discuss the Government's progress on the If campaign. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP met with Anna Jacklin and William Law, and covered a number of aspects of the campaign, which seeks to tackle ...


22 APR 2013

Look who's talking!

A group of Teg Down residents are celebrating after an intervention from their local MP resulted in their BT phone service being reconnected after almost three weeks. The service had been cut in Wyke Mark, a quadrangle of apartments for the elderly on Dean Lane, and as well as several resident's ph...


22 APR 2013

New crossing celebration for Osborne School

Steve Brine joined students and staff at Osborne School on Monday 22nd April as they celebrated their new puffin crossing on Andover Road. Back in March 2012, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP hosted the school in the House of Commons as they took their campaign for the badly-needed safe cros...


19 APR 2013

Local MP inaugurates newly refurbished care home

Steve Brine MP officially re-opened the newly refurbished facilities at Chandlers Ford Care Home in Eastleigh on Friday 19th April. The home, under management of HC-One, the country's third largest provider of residential care for older people, had recently undergone refurbishments to boost its offe...


19 APR 2013

MP guests on Winchester Talking Newspaper

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, took time out to appear as a guest reader on Winchester Talking Newspaper (WTN) on Friday 19th April 2013. Steve joined a presenter and three other readers at WTN's studio in Chesil Street, Winchester, and participated in the weekly reading and ...


11 APR 2013

Saving Winchester City FC

Local MP Steve Brine has worked with city council colleagues in Winchester to rescue the city's football club. The keys of Winchester City Football Club's ground were handed back to the City Council on Monday (9th April) in a move that will give the club breathing space to plan its future and ...


10 APR 2013

MP warmly welcomes Winchester cycle events

Steve Brine has welcomed a series of cycling events which will take place across the city during 2013. Following a series of successful sporting events held in Winchester last year to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city will be going cycling mad this summer, as a number...


10 APR 2013

MP joins parents at autism group coffee morning

A Winchester autism support group enjoyed a visit from Winchester & Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine on Wednesday 10th April, as they discussed families coping with autism. Winchester Autism Group (WAG) was set up in October 2011 by Winchester parents Sam Parsons and Phin Silberrad to support loca...


09 APR 2013

Good news at Junction 9

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that a new scheme will be taking place to reduce congestion at the Winnall roundabout where the A34 meets the M3 at junction 9 in Winnall. The A34 and M3 are key routes for road users travelling between the South, the Midlands and London, and the scheme w...


04 APR 2013

Phys-A-Thon charity work at Badger Farm

A very different charity event took place on April 4th-5th, to help raise funds for The Magic Wand Appeal and Soldiers Off The Streets. The Army Training Regiment Winchester (ATRW) approached Sainsbury's for support in them raising funds and awareness for the two charities as the ATRW charity commi...


28 MAR 2013

Enterprising Winchester schoolboys push the boundaries

Budding local entrepreneurs Ollie Groombridge and Scott Matthew met up with their MP, Steve Brine, recently to promote their own business venture, which is already making quite a mark. Ollie, 15, and Scott, 16, have started ABANO Health & Fitness, a free advice website offering help and tips on...


28 MAR 2013

Local Rock the House finalists announced

A band from Stanmore and a young musician from the east of the city have made it through to the finals of a music competition which could see them playing live at the House of Commons this Summer. Scarlet Soho will represent Winchester & Chandler's Ford in the Band Category, while Josh Savage f...


27 MAR 2013

Warming up the litterpickers

Winchester Litterpickers received a warming pit-stop from their local MP during a morning's work in the Fulflood area of the city on Wednesday 27th March. The group, led by chairman David Jones, organised one of their 'sorties' in the smart Winchester suburb and city MP Steve Brine, whose office is...


26 MAR 2013

Hampshire signs superfast broadband deal with BT

More than 57,000 business and residential premises in Hampshire are set to benefit from superfast broadband connections to the internet following a £13.8 million deal with BT to provide a county-wide high speed network. Hampshire County Council has today signed a contract with BT to build on ...


21 MAR 2013

More money for primary school sport

An extra £3,776,800 will go to primary schools across Hampshire to transform school sport, improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future. London 2012 gave Britain a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a nation to enjoy sport and the ...


20 MAR 2013

Steve welcomes tax cut for 40,000 local people

Local MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the amount people can earn before paying income tax will rise to £10,000 in April 2014, as announced in today's Budget. People in Steve's Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency will be over £700 better off every year than when this Governm...


20 MAR 2013

Local MP responds to damning report into Winchester Prison

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has released a damning report into HMP Winchester.  Local MP Steve Brine says its findings are disturbing but no surprise to anyone who has followed recent events at the prison. HMIP published their report today (Wednesday 20th March 2013) following an anno...


19 MAR 2013

University celebrates a decade of theatre with HMP Winchester

Steve Brine has welcomed the 10th anniversary of Playing for Time Theatre Company at West Hill HMP Winchester, marked with another major production performed by prisoners working alongside students from the University of Winchester. Rehearsals are now well underway for Our Country's Good this sprin...


18 MAR 2013

Next stage for new events space

Artists, craftspeople and manufacturers are being invited to express interest in designing and making a portable events space for the Winchester District. Individuals and organisations have until Friday 5th April to submit expressions of interest to Winchester City Council for the £20,000 com...


16 MAR 2013

Twyford day with Cllr Rob Humby

Steve Brine joined Cllr Rob Humby for a very busy street surgery held outside Twyford Stores on Saturday 16th March. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP holds a number of busy street surgeries across his constituency, and this Saturday morning, where they were also joined by Popcorn, was one of...


15 MAR 2013

Dropping into Winchester Live at Home Scheme

Steve Brine dropped into the Winchester Live at Home Scheme on Jewry Street on Friday 15th March to find out more about the group, which offers support and friendship to older people across the Winchester area. The MP met with members and staff at their Annual General Meeting, and found out about a...


12 MAR 2013

Winchester to implement 'Living Wage' for staff

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that Conservative-run Winchester City Council has decided to implement the new Living Wage for staff that are directly employed by the local authority. Following questions on the subject from local Labour councillors, including well-known St John's Cllr Chris ...


11 MAR 2013

Help for Heroes Winchester Colossal Cake Sale 2013

The Help for Heroes (H4H) Colossal Cake Sale in Winchester raised £6336 on Saturday 9th March, a simply fantastic result for the charity. The two stalls in The Brooks Centre and in St Maurice's Covert sold over 2000 cakes, tickets for 65 donated raffle prizes and H4H merchandise, while Hero t...


08 MAR 2013

Steve Brine meets with HMP Governor

Winchester MP Steve Brine met with David Rogers, Governor of HMP Winchester, for their first formal discussion since Mr Rogers took over the running of the Romsey Road prison. As well as discussing the issues which may be present in the forthcoming Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report, due out...


08 MAR 2013

MP visits All Saints in Highcliffe

Steve Brine dropped into All Saints C of E Primary School on Friday 8th March for an action-packed visit. The Winchester MP took in a tour of the school, visiting a number of classrooms, and saw Mother's Day cards in the making, as well as preparations for Easter chicks which are getting ready to h...


02 MAR 2013

Busy Saturday street surgery in Alresford

Steve Brine joined police and local councillors at the latest street surgery event which took place in Alresford on Saturday 2nd March. Held on the corner of Broad Street and West Street, the Alresford MP discussed a variety of issues including local housing need and the Eastleigh by-election resul...


01 MAR 2013

Visiting Henry Beaufort

Steve Brine visited Henry Beaufort on Friday 1st March to meet with the headteacher, Sue Hearle. The MP met as part of his commitment to keep up to date with schools across his constituency, and was briefed on a number of issues. He said: "It was great to visit Henry Beaufort today and chat with Su...


26 FEB 2013

Under 17 Safe Driving promoted at Sparsholt College

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes at Sparsholt College recently to learn about the safe driving skills programme offered at the College. Sparsholt College Motor Vehicles students already have access to free lessons in the College dual c...


22 FEB 2013

Local businesses urged to apply for training fund

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed further investment to help companies set up the training schemes they need to meet specific skill requirements. £150 million has been put into the second round of the Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP), a scheme designed to get funding directly to employers so th...


22 FEB 2013

Fantastic crossing news for Osborne School

Steve Brine has spoken of his delight as work has begun on a safe Puffin crossing outside Osborne School. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP hosted children and staff up in the House of Commons back in March 2012, as the school took their campaign the a badly-needed safe crossing point on Ando...


14 FEB 2013

Chancellor says Winchester is a great place to do business

A video message from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, welcomed business people to Winchester City Council's 'Business in the 21st Century' Conference' on Thursday 14 February. The Chancellor took time out of his busy schedule - sandwiched between a trip to Brussels and...


12 FEB 2013

Steve Brine MP opens Green Deal Winchester help centre

The Green Deal Winchester free help centre was opened by Steve Brine MP this week in Winchester. Visitors to the centre in the old Hawkin's Bazaar shop in the Brooks Centre can see examples of how to save energy, save money and stay warm in their homes and can also register for a free Green Deal ass...


07 FEB 2013

MP secures Fulflood crossing improvement after Christmas accident

The pedestrian crossing on the junction of Stockbridge Road and Elm Road is set for improvement work following a nasty accident in the run up to Christmas. On the 18th December, a 26 year old Winchester man was involved in a collision with a car, sustaining serious injuries. The accident took place...


06 FEB 2013

Bespoke Biking

Steve Brine met up with a local cyclist on Friday 8th February to discuss her exciting new venture. Bespoke Biking was set up in November 2012 by Heather Evans, who lives in Hyde. Bespoke Biking exists to get everyone on their bikes, women, families, students, the less-fit, residents and also visit...


05 FEB 2013

Lifesaving Hampshire Hospital Volunteers Meet International Development Minister

Healthcare staff at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital demonstrated how they have helped reduce child mortality rates in South Sudan when they met International Development Minister, Lynne Featherstone today. Volunteer doctors, nurses and midwives from the hospital have been training health worker...


05 FEB 2013

Sainsbury's Winchester reach half-way stage with Winchester Young Carers Project

Sainsbury's Middle Brook Street, Winchester have reached the half-way stage into their year-long partnership with Winchester Young carers Project and thanks to the support of the Winchester community. Back in June last year, the store announced that Winchester Young Carers project will be their Loc...


04 FEB 2013

3Women Put Their Best Foot Forward

Three Winchester business-women have joined forces to establish a new organisation geared at encouraging local women leaders to share ideas while also raising funds for Hampshire-based charities. Co-founders Liz Trevor, Fiona Whitehouse and Michelle Beck believe that their unique blend of skills an...


02 FEB 2013

City Council announces more market changes

Winchester City Council has announced further changes to the market following the accident in the city on Friday 25 January when a young boy was injured in a collision with a bus. Following a meeting on Friday 1st February 2013 with the police, County Council officers, the bus company and represent...


01 FEB 2013

Unrivalled New Aquaculture facilities opened at Sparsholt College

Amongst leading industry figures, Sparsholt College officially opened its £500,000 Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre, a unique teaching facility in the UK. Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine and Robert Hughes from the UK and Ireland's largest aquaculture feeds producer Skretting, ...


01 FEB 2013

Calling all social entrepreneurs

On Friday 1st February 2013, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) – the leading provider of training for social entrepreneurs - opened its doors to applications for this year's Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme. Recruits with entrepreneurial flair from communities acros...


31 JAN 2013

Barton Farm Information Event

Steve Brine joined local councillors and residents at the Guildhall on Thursday 31st January at an information event regarding the proposed Barton Farm development. Following the granting of Outline Planning Permission back in October 2012, developers CALA Homes are preparing the first stages of Ph...


31 JAN 2013

Winchester 1870

Steve Brine popped into the Great Hall on Thursday 31st January to take a look at a very special model of Winchester. Winchester 1870 represents the city as it was back in Victorian times, at a point in our history when the local population numbered 13,000- less than half of what it is now. Painsta...


29 JAN 2013

MP presses for urgent review of pedestrian safety

UPDATED: Winchester MP Steve Brine has said an urgent review of part of the city centre market is needed after a serious accident on Friday afternoon. A young boy was hit by a bus on the lower end of the High Street just after 2pm next to the market stalls outside the Debenhams department store. O...


28 JAN 2013

Twyford Teacher Changes Lives in Kenya

Local schoolteacher Jennifer Hanson, 24, has been working tirelessly to support the educational future of street children and children in prison in Nakuru, Kenya. At 18, Jennifer made her first trip to Kenya, where she was blown away by the reality of life for children living on the streets. "I cou...


28 JAN 2013

Trekking the Great Wall of China

A Winchester lady is embarking on a rigorous trip to China later this year in order to raise money for Parkinson's. Helen Connole's mother was diagnosed with the condition in 2003, and in trekking the Great Wall of China, Helen hope to fulfil a lifelong personal goal whilst raising money for a very...


28 JAN 2013

Xelabus to hold bus surgeries

Bus operator Xelabus, which runs services across Chandler's Ford, Hiltingbury and Eastleigh, are holding two bus surgeries on Wednesday 30th January. County Councillor Colin Davidovitz said: "Xelabus has temporarily taken over some routes operated by Velvet pending the outcome of the current bus co...


25 JAN 2013

Launch of Christian Aid IF campaign

Steve Brine joined local Christian Aid supporters, Hampshire MPs and the Bishop of Winchester at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 25th January at the launch of a campaign to tackle global hunger. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was part of a series of press events across the country, in place...


25 JAN 2013

Young boy injured in High Street bus collision

A young boy was hit by a bus on the High Street just after 2pm this afternoon, next to the market stalls outside Debenhams. Thankfully, the injuries are not said to be life-threatening, and the boy is said to have been conscious and talking to paramedics before an air ambulance landed in the Cathed...


22 JAN 2013

Winchester Homeless Charities 'bag' £8K Cash

Winchester Soroptimists handed over a total of £8,000 to local homeless charities at their meeting on Monday 21st January. Winchester Women's Refuge and Outreach Service, The Trinity Centre Winchester, Winchester Churches Night Shelter and Emmaus Hampshire between them received a 'bag of cash...


21 JAN 2013

Stanmore Community Library opening

Steve Brine joined children from across Stanmore at the grand opening of the Stanmore Community Library at The Carroll Centre on Monday 21st January. Officially opened by Hampshire County Council Leader Ken Thornber, who cut the ribbon and a special celebration cake with local youngsters, Steve was...


17 JAN 2013

Cabinet Minister visits Winchester Probation Trust

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was in Winchester on Thursday 17th January on a visit to Hampshire Probation Trust at its' new HQ is located in the city centre. Mr Grayling came to meet staff and senior managers of the Trust following the publication last week of the Transforming Rehabilitation co...


16 JAN 2013

Barton Farm Forum launched

The first meeting of the new Barton Farm Forum was held at the Guildhall in Winchester on Wednesday 16th January. The forum has been set up by Winchester City Council following the Secretary of State's decision in October 2012 to grant outline planning permission for 2,000 houses at the location. ...


15 JAN 2013

Welcome for another new city business

Steve Brine has welcomed a new city business launched to offer time-poor parents everything they need for a child's birthday party- in a box! The Complete Party Box has been launched by local businesswoman Jo Robertson, who has spotted a real gap in the market. Jo said: "The concept sounds simple,...


15 JAN 2013

MP welcomes new library at The Carroll Centre

Steve Brine has welcomed some good news for Stanmore as a new library will open at The Carroll Centre, in Stanmore, on Monday 21st January. It will be the first community library of its kind in the county, and will offer longer opening hours and a warm welcome for local people of all ages. Cllr Ke...


14 JAN 2013

MP visits Kings Worthy Primary School

Steve Brine visited Kings Worthy Primary School on Monday 14th January, as the village woke up to a small smattering of snow. The MP called in to meet with staff and students before heading off to the House of Commons. Steve had a tour of the school, chatted with the Head, addressed a Key Stage 2 A...


10 JAN 2013

Cathedral Refectory volunteers sought

Winchester Cathedral Refectory is currently looking for volunteers to help as we enter the New Year. Currently, there are around 40 volunteers who help out throughout the year, with most doing a hour hour shift two or three times a year. Coordinator Sarah Robinson said: "The work is just clearing ...


08 JAN 2013

MP congratulates first Carbon Smart Winchester businesses

Steve Brine has congratulated The University of Winchester and Dairy Cottage at Cowgrove Farm, which are the first two businesses to achieve the Carbon Smart Winchester certification for their efforts to improve their environmental performance. The scheme was launched in October 2012, with ove...


07 JAN 2013

Steve Brine MP announces 2013 PMQs dates

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has invited constituents who would like the chance to visit Parliament and watch Prime Minister's Question Time this year to contact him. In line with all MPs, Steve receives just three confirmed pairs of tickets each calendar year, and so as to ensur...


03 JAN 2013

Local retailer offers Christmas card recycling

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Sainsbury's Winchester and Badger Farm are providing local residents with a solution to make use of their Christmas cards this year. The stores, situated in Middle Brook Street and Badger Farm Road now have a Christmas card recycling bin in place and residents can ...


02 JAN 2013

Winchester fires 'horrible start' to new year says MP

Winchester MP Steve Brine commented on the series of fires that took place in the city centre overnight on New Years' Day. He said; "This is a horrible start to the new year for Winchester. Any damage is hugely disappointing and will be costly for the businesses affected while the impact on some ve...


21 DEC 2012

MP welcomes new Outpatient Department at RHCH

Steve Brine has welcomed the new outpatient department at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, which will open its doors to patients on Wednesday 2nd January 2013. All outpatient clinics as well as Audiology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinics will move to the new department on B-Level...


20 DEC 2012

MP attends Cathedral Carol Service

Steve Brine took his family to the Winchester Cathedral Carol Service on Thursday 20th December, and was honoured to be asked to undertake a reading. The MP read part of the Fourth Lesson, from Luke 1, and was joined by The Pilgrims' School Headteacher Paddy Watson and St Swithun's School Headmistr...


14 DEC 2012

Support Winchester Young Carers in 2013

Winchester Young Carers are looking to boost their team for 2013 as we head towards the New Year. Led by local man Ben Hogbin, they are an independent charity that provides support for Young Carers aged 8-17yrs in the Winchester District. Speaking to Steve Brine, Ben said: "We are looking for indiv...


11 DEC 2012

Nightshelter calendars available across city

A range of calendars put together by the homeless are now for sale across Winchester, in aid of Winchester Churches Nightshelter. Priced at £5, the calendars feature photographs by service users at the Nightshelter, and are available in the Discovery Centre, Warrens, the Tourist Office and th...


07 DEC 2012

Christmas encouragement to local posties

Steve Brine MP visited Royal Mail's Winchester delivery office at Winnall to spread some Christmas cheer - and mince pies - at their busiest time of the year. The Winchester MP popped into the depot on Friday 7th December and met Manager Simon Saint as well as all the postmen and women who are work...


03 DEC 2012

King's Royal Hussars Homecoming Parade

Steve Brine joined HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Lieutenant Dame Mary Fagan and the Mayor of Winchester amongst many others as the King's Royal Hussars marched through the centre of Winchester on Monday 3rd December. The Regiment has strong recruiting ties with the south of England, and many of ...


30 NOV 2012

MP urges local musicians and small venues to enter national music competition

Local MP Steve Brine has called for musicians and small venues across Winchester & Chandler's Ford to enter Rock the House 2013, Parliament's biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them. Applications opened on November...


26 NOV 2012

Liam Skeat wins MP Christmas Card competition

Six year old Liam Skeat has won Steve Brine's second Annual Christmas Card competition. Liam, who attends St Bede Church of England School in Hyde, won the contest with a fantastically detailed drawing featuring Santa and his sleigh and reindeer, carol singers and a beautiful church. A member of t...


23 NOV 2012

Christmas kick-off in Winchester

Steve Brine and his family were part of a packed Cathedral Close on Thursday 22nd November as the city's festive market and ice rink were officially opened. Leading the festivities were the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson, and the Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Rev James Atwell. Entertain...


23 NOV 2012

Average Speed Camera Trial in Hursley

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine met with members of the Hursley Village Speed Watch team to discuss the trial of a new average speed camera system, the 3M SpeedSpike, on Friday 23rd November. The team has monitored traffic in the 30mph village in conjunction with Hampshire Constabul...


22 NOV 2012

Dever Close site opening

Steve Brine attended an important phase of Winchester City Council's New Homes Delivery at the site opening of the Dever Close development in Micheldever on Thursday 22nd November. The MP is delighted that a number of the new homes will be council properties, among the first for many years. Speaki...


22 NOV 2012

Steve Brine welcomes huge investment in Sparsholt College

Steve Brine has welcomed £5.8m of funding from the Government to help improve facilities at Sparsholt College, on the outskirts of Winchester. This investment will go towards refurbishing engineering workshops, and creating new facilities for vocational learners. Across the country the Gover...


19 NOV 2012

Hiltingbury Bus Service update

When Hiltingbury Councillors Colin Davidovitz (HCC) and Mike Hughes (EBC) heard that Velvet was withdrawing from their loss making commercial bus service in Chandler's Ford they immediately got in touch with Public Transport Officers at Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council and set ...


16 NOV 2012

MP joins Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum

Steve Brine went to Sparsholt College on Friday 16th November as The Vitacress Conservation Trust hosted the fifth Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum. The Trust, Chaired by Professor Gail Taylor with Patron Lady Wakeham is committed to preserving and enhancing the iconic chalk streams of Hampshire and t...


16 NOV 2012

Magic Wand fundraising at Stanmore Primary

Steve Brine dropped into Stanmore Primary School on Friday 16th November to present a cheque to the RHCH Magic Wand Appeal on behalf of Stanmore Primary School. Stanmore Primary made the appeal their chosen charity last year and subsequently pupils have raised over £700 through a variety of f...


16 NOV 2012

A vision for Southampton Children’s Hospital

Steve Brine has welcomed news that University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust want to consolidate their service and have plans to launch a major project to create Southampton Children's Hospital. The vision is to build a dedicated state-of-the-art children's hospital which will bring all ...


16 NOV 2012

Help keep Hampshire & Isle of Wight’s older people warm this winter

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation has teamed up with local charity donation website,www.Localgiving.com, for this year's Surviving Winter Appeal. The appeal is looking to link up those who are over 60 and receive the Winter Fuel Payment but don't ...


14 NOV 2012

Launch of Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults

Following a range of contributions, views and support, the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board has just released the Hampshire Autism Strategy for Adults. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is a vice-chair of the All-Party Autism Group, and has welcomed the launch. He said: "I know the ...


10 NOV 2012

Boundary change (and sausages) dominate street surgery

Proposals to move Alresford away from the Winchester constituency dominated Steve Brine's latest street surgery in the town – until a plate of sausages came along! The local MP was joined by Cllr Ernie Jeffs and Town cllr Lisa Griffiths for the session, held on Saturday 10th November on the c...


09 NOV 2012

Cancer treatment centre fundraising campaign launches

A £5m fundraising appeal to provide a local cancer treatment centre was launched at a VIP dinner on Friday 9th November. More than 100 guests from business and commerce and leading local public figures attended a dinner sponsored by Mr Rafi Razzak, Chairman of Centerprise International and Ba...


09 NOV 2012

MP holds lively UK Aid meeting

Steve Brine held his much-anticipated public meeting about the UK Aid programme with Stephen O'Brien MP and around 100 constituents at St Paul's Church in Fulflood on Thursday 8th November. The local MP, who has been a questioning friend of Ministers in the Department for International Development ...


08 NOV 2012

Another new business in the city

Steve Brine has welcomed another new business into Winchester as a new Nanny Agency held a launch party in Fulflood on Friday 9h November. Hartley House @ Home is a new, bespoke nanny agency, which finds an ideal match to the customer's individual family needs. Historically, they provided parents w...


08 NOV 2012

Parish website comes up trumps

Compton & Shawford Parish Council are celebrating having won the Best Local Council Website for 2012 award. Run by webmaster Adrian Walmsley, the site is jam-packed with local news and details of community events, as well as a traffic Twitter feed and an area to report local issues and problems...


03 NOV 2012

Alresford street surgery for MP

Winchester MP Steve Brine will be holding the latest of his popular street surgeries in Alresford on the morning of Saturday November 9th. The event takes place on the corner of Broad/West Street from 10am - 12midday. The MP says; "This Alresford street surgery is now in its seventh year and it's ...


03 NOV 2012

CLIC Sargent Christmas Fair

Steve Brine and his family dropped into the CLIC Sargent Christmas Fair in Crawley on Saturday 3rd November. Held at Kingswell Point, the fair attracted 26 exhibitors and a large number of visitors, all organised by Sue Bolger of the South Hampshire committee. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "CLI...


02 NOV 2012

To Honour a Promise

Steve Brine joined Lord Lieutenant Dame Mary Fagan, councillors, students and members of the military in Winchester recently at the launch of the 'To Honour a Promise' project. Inspired by local man, and Royal British Legion member, Tony Dowland, the project will erect a memorial to British, Ameri...


02 NOV 2012

Steve's Barbers first anniversary

Steve Brine dropped into Steve's Barbers in Oliver's Battery on Friday 2nd November as the business celebrated its first year. Owner Steve Howe, who also cut Steve's hair when the MP popped in, said he wanted to thank all his customers for their continuous support over the past year. He said: "Bus...


02 NOV 2012

Abe's Adventure

This is the story of a little boy who needs your help with his Adventure to America, to help him walk... Six months ago, two year old Abe Astur from Winchester was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy. This condition causes very tight muscles (spasticity) in his legs which mean...


30 OCT 2012

MP welcomes new app for residents

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a new app will enable people across Winchester to report problems to the council. The new Your Winchester app has been created by Winchester City Council, and will allow residents to report problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter where t...


22 OCT 2012

Alresford on the move?

Proposals have been made that would move Alresford away from the Winchester constituency , and local MP Steve Brine is seeking residents views. As Alresford residents may have heard, the Boundary Commission for England is currently drawing up plans to reduce the size of the House of Commons. This ...


18 OCT 2012

Local residents provide 4000 meals to tackle poverty

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Badger Farm Sainsbury's customers have donated ebough food to provide 4000 meals to help feed vulnerable people affected by food poverty in the UK. The Million Meal Appeal is run with Sainsbury's charity partner FareShare, a national charity dedicated to tackling ...


14 OCT 2012

MP backs Winchester City Flyers in search for new home

Steve Brine dropped into the Garrison Ground on Saturday 13th October to visit the city's principal football club for women and girls. Winchester City Flyers, which was established in 1996, run a number of teams, from under 8s up to a full adults XI, and the local MP was invited along to find out m...


13 OCT 2012

Winchester Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Steve Brine joined the Winchester Pregnancy Crisis Centre (WPCC) team at a fundraising event at the Mercure Hotel on Thursday 11th October, to learn more about the work the Centre carries out. Serving Winchester, Alresford, Chandler's Ford, Kings Worthy, Micheldever, Sutton Scotney and Twyford, Win...


12 OCT 2012

MP opens refurbished Yellow Dot Nursery

Steve Brine opened the newly refurbished Yellow Dot Nursery at Penarth House in Otterbourne on Friday 12th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP toured the building with his wife Susie and young son William with the nursery's founder, Jane Dyke. Jane said: "Fifteen years after opening Y...


12 OCT 2012

MP opens new Probation Office in Winchester

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford opened Hampshire Probation Trust's new Winchester Office on Friday 12th October. The opening of the new facility was the culmination of two year's work in the planning, refurbishment and relocation of almost 70 staff. The Office in Cromwell House, A...


12 OCT 2012

University journalists take top honours

Student journalists from the University of Winchester scooped some top awards at this year's Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards. The awards, presented by ITN's Alistair Stewart at a ceremony held at the University, were attended by representatives from over 30 universities and industry pr...


12 OCT 2012

The Paralympic Torch comes to Badger Farm

Following the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, supermarket customers will have the chance to see the Paralympic Torch on Wednesday 17th October 2012 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm as it goes on a special tour across the UK. The Sainsbury's Paralympic Torch Experience will see the Para...


11 OCT 2012

Social Business is Good Business

Changing lives and tackling stubborn social issues was the order of the day at the 'Better Place' graduation of Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs (HSSE) this year.It seems that it's not just charities that are making Hampshire a better place to live. Nine new Fellows join the growing list o...


11 OCT 2012

MP joins Chronicle celebrations

Steve Brine joined staff and representatives from across the Winchester community as the Hampshire Chronicle celebrated its 240th anniversary at Zizzi's on the High Street. Zizzi's restaurant, at 57 High Street, was the former site of the newspaper, one of the oldest in the UK, before the team relo...


09 OCT 2012

Winchester charity launches UK-wide youth movement

Steve Brine is backing a little-known charity with its roots firmly based in Winchester, which has launched a national campaign championing young people to make a difference in their communities. The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, from its offices in St Thomas Street, uses popular mass media to...


09 OCT 2012

MP 'concerned' at report on HMP Winchester

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine responded to the annual report from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HMP Winchester, which was issued on 8th October 2012. The IMB at Winchester Prison published its Annual Report for the year ending 31st May 2012, and identified areas in whi...


08 OCT 2012

Armed Forces-Give Us Time

Steve Brine is backing a new charity which urges those with second homes and empty rooms to provide holidays for Armed Forces families. Give Us Time was launched in the summer by former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, and seeks to help families re-adjust to life after combat. Winchester & Chandler...


08 OCT 2012

Government update on M3 Junction 9

Steve Brine has commented on news that Winchester is to benefit from £400,000 of work to the very busy M3 Junction 9 at Winnall, following a series of announcements from the Department for Transport (DfT). The announcement, made by new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, sets out that the...


06 OCT 2012

Nirj Deva MEP visits Winchester

South East MEP Nirj Deva was in Winchester on Friday 5th October 2012 for a Q&A session with local Conservative members. The Milner Hall in St Peter's Street was the venue for an evening which saw food provided by Miff Kayum's Bangkok Brasserie. Steve said: "MEPs cover such vast areas, we don'...


05 OCT 2012

Winchester Litter Pickers Ball

Winchester MP Steve Brine made a surprise visit to the Winchester Litter Pickers 'Ball' on Friday 5th October 2012. The annual event, held to thank the volunteers, took place at St Lawrence Church Hall in Colebrook Street. Steve dropped in to thank the volunteers and said: "It's easy to think a pl...


05 OCT 2012

Meeting the team at Winchester Sainsbury's

Steve Brine dropped into Sainsbury's in the city centre on Friday 5th October to meet the team and hear about their community work. With 85 employees, the store is the most successful per square feet of all the stores across the business. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "It was great to pop in th...


03 OCT 2012

A visit to Stanmore Primary

Steve Brine met staff and children at Stanmore Primary School on Tuesday 2nd October, taking in a tour of the school and assembly before meeting teachers in the staff room. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is making good progress in visiting every school across the constituency, and was deli...


02 OCT 2012

Barton Farm decision revealed - Read Steve's reaction

The long-running saga of whether development will be permitted on the Barton Farm site in Winchester has today (2nd October 2012) taken a new twist. CALA Homes have been given permission to develop 2,000 house on the land just off Andover Road, north of the city centre. The Secretary of State for ...


01 OCT 2012

WiBBLE launched in city

Steve Brine joined dozens of self-employed women on 25th September at the launch of WiBBLE, a new social business platform created by local author and businesswoman Cheryl Rickman. WiBBLE, which stands for Women In Business: Brilliant Local Enterprises, is also an online support network, and has we...


01 OCT 2012

Charity run for Care for Casualties

Well-known Stanmore man Tony Harding is running the Bupa Great South Run in aid of Care for Casualties on Saturday 27th October. Tony, who is also known across the city as Tony's Five Star Laundry & Dry Cleaners, based at 5 Stockbridge Rd, is a former Royal Green Jacket, which has close ties to...


01 OCT 2012

MP welcomes Twyford broadband announcement

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that thousands more Hampshire homes and businesses, in particular in Twyford, are in line for a super-fast broadband boost. BT announced last week a further major investment in Hampshire, pledging to roll-out its £2.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband net...


01 OCT 2012

MP backs food poverty appeal at Sainsbury's

Steve Brine is backing Sainsbury's as the supermarket chain is taking part in the second-annual 'Million Meal Appeal' on 6th and 7th October in partnership with FareShare. Sainsbury's Badger Farm and Sainsbury's Winchester colleagues are encouraging residents to help tackle food poverty this Octobe...


29 SEP 2012

Local MP sees Work Programme in full swing

Local MP Steve Brine MP saw first-hand how the government's drive to find jobs for young unemployed people in Winchester is paying off. The Conservative MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford was visiting the offices of public service provider A4e, which delivers the Work Programme for the Departm...


28 SEP 2012

Wind Farm update- Site visit to Bullington Cross

Steve Brine met with colleagues Sir George Young and Cllr Stephen Godfrey as they discussed the Bullington Cross wind farm proposals on site with EDF Energy officials. EDF have set out plans for 17 turbines, 126m tall, across the Bullington Cross and Norton area, which cover a number of district co...


27 SEP 2012

MP looks for 'common sense' mail solution

Steve Brine has spoken out on behalf of South Wonston residents, after villagers demanded Royal Mail return to leaving undelivered parcels at the local post office. Royal Mail has started taking parcels and signed-for items back to the main sorting office in Winnall, leaving residents with a 12-mil...


26 SEP 2012

Steve highlights young Winchester musical talent

Steve Brine has highlighted an exciting local musical talent after a summer in which Jonny Breakwell's EP Emily was released on CD, iTunes and Spotify. Originally from Teg Down, Jonny is currently in his third year studying Classical Music at Manchester University. He said: "This summer, as well as...


23 SEP 2012

Hiltingbury Extravaganza 2012

Steve Brine joined residents from across Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury (and even further afield) as Hiltingbury Extravaganza returned to The Hilt on Sunday 23rd September. The popular event took place over the afternoon, and despite the weather local people enjoyed a dog display team, an assault ...


22 SEP 2012

New students meet MP

Last Saturday saw the end of fresher's week 2012 at the University of Winchester and it was marked with the traditional fresher's fayre hosted by the Winchester Students' Union. The only mainstream political society on campus is run by the Conservative Students and they were joined by Winchester &a...


21 SEP 2012

Busy surgery at bustling Discovery Centre

Steve Brine held a packed surgery on Friday 21st September, at Winchester Discovery Centre on Jewry Street. The MP holds surgeries all over his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency, and following a hugely successful Summer Tour, which took him to places such as Twyford, Sutton Scotney and ...


20 SEP 2012

Aladdin launch at Theatre Royal

Local MP Steve Brine joined the team putting on this year's pantomime at the Theatre Royal, as they held a press launch to mark the start of the Aladdin production. They were also joined by local entertainer Neil Kelso, fresh from sell-out Edinburgh Fringe success earlier this summer. Neil will be ...


20 SEP 2012

Steve backs fight against breast cancer

Steve Brine is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day – and wants constituents to join in. Now in its 10th year, wear it pink, held on Friday 26 October 2012, will see supporters from all over the country i...


18 SEP 2012

MP welcomes Primary School Places development

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hampshire County Council is already consulting on enlarging Winnall Primary School, as part of the wider plan to increase badly-needed school capacity. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has led calls for much needed new primary school places in Winchester. T...


17 SEP 2012

MP welcomes new rural bus service to Winchester

Steve Brine has welcomed news that First Hampshire and Dorset has taken over the bus service 63 and 63A between Owslebury and Winchester, which will travel through villages in hos constituency including Shawford and Twyford. Operating Monday to Friday, with a subsidy from Hampshire County Council, ...


15 SEP 2012

Magic Wand transforms Childrens ward

Steve Brine visited the hospital on Saturday 15th Septemebr, as the new look reception area on the children's unit was opened on Northbrook ward. The entrance and reception area of Northbrook ward has been rebuilt thanks to the Magic Wand Appeal, a charity raising funds to modernise the unit. This ...


13 SEP 2012

Steve Brine opens Basics Bank collection point

You can now donate items for distribution by the Winchester Basics Bank at the constituency shop run by Steve Brine MP. The MP visited the basics bank earlier this Summer at its premises in Highcliffe and heard how much demand there is for its services and the need to build up supplies in readiness...


11 SEP 2012

MP holds second Christmas card competition

Local MP Steve Brine has launched his second annual school Christmas card competition, open for schools across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. Steve said: "Last year's competition was a great success with several hundred entries, and we were really impressed with the quality of work – there...


10 SEP 2012

Macmillan visit the Broadway

Steve Brine dropped into Macmillan's Mobile Cancer Information & Support Service when it was available for Winchester residents on Wednesday 5th September. A team of information and support specialists answered questions outside the Guildhall, on the historic Broadway throughout the day, and th...


09 SEP 2012

Track2Track Relay builds Olympic legacy

There weren't that many people at London's Olympic Park at 1am on Sunday 9th September – apart from a team of runners from Winchester and District Athletic Club (WADAC). WADAC had organised a Track2Track relay to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, which ended on Sunday. The route fr...


09 SEP 2012

St Cross crossing celebratory party

Steve Brine attended a celebration party in St Cross on Saturday 8th September, as local residents marked the culmination of their campaign for a safe crossing at the junction of Lower Stanmore Lane. Organised by a leading local resident, Steve joined councillors and local people at the event, whic...


08 SEP 2012

Steve Brine supports Ride and Stride

Ride and Stride involves people of all ages who spend an enjoyable day raising money for repairs and restoration to the churches and chapels of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This year's event took place on Saturday 8th September and Winchester took part as always. Local MP Steve Brine supported ...


01 SEP 2012

Steve drops into Littleton & Harestock Show

Steve Brine took young Emily along to the hugely popular Littleton & Harestock Show on Saturday 1st September, as local people took the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine in the biggest show to date. Organised by Bert Spencer and his team, Steve was also able to chat to a number of people as th...


24 AUG 2012

MP welcomes funding to kick-start Winchester apprentices

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Winchester City Council is launching a new apprenticeship grant scheme to help young people starting an apprenticeship. The Council's brand new scheme involves allocating grants of up to £1,000 to apprentices to cover some basic costs which might otherwise b...


16 AUG 2012

Summer Tour concludes in Oliver's Battery

Steve Brine wrapped up his Summer Tour 2012 with a busy street surgery at the Oliver's Battery shops on Thursday 16th August. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was inundated with local people who wished to chat, and was also accompanied for the first half of the session by the chair of the lo...


14 AUG 2012

Steve holds surgery ... in a Fire Station

Steve's Summer Tour reached its penultimate event today with a special surgery for the residents of Sutton Scotney - held in the village fire station! Hampshire Fire & Rescue kindly hosted the surgery as part of the MP's 2012 Summer Tour and it was packed with residents wanting to raise issues ...


13 AUG 2012

City MP leads calls for local road improvements

Steve Brine is pushing to improve the state of Fulflood pavements following recent concerns about the poor state of Greenhill Road. A number of local residents have written to Steve or popped into his 'shop' on Stockbridge Road to express concern that, following recent works on the road, the surfac...


09 AUG 2012

Summer Surgery held in Twyford

Steve Brine's second Summer Tour visited Twyford on Thursday 9th August as the MP held a special surgery in the village. The packed session took place at Twyford Parish Hall, and Steve met a host of constituents to discuss a variety of matters of concern, including local planning, foreign affairs a...


07 AUG 2012

Time to stick or twist MP tells Aldi

Winchester MP Steve Brine has told the management of supermarket chain Aldi to get on and build its new store in Weeke. Mr Brine has again written to joint Group MD's, Matthew Barnes and Roman Heini, as we enter the fourth year since the company obtained planning permission to (in early 2009) const...


06 AUG 2012

MP welcomes grant news for local sailing community

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Weston Sailing Club, in Southampton, has received a Sport England grant which will delight many of the keen sailors in his constituency. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP represents a large number of recreational sailors, and news of the £50,000 award ...


02 AUG 2012

Summer Tour continues in Weeke

Steve Brine's Summer Tour continued with a busy surgery at St Barnabas Church Hall in Weeke on Thursday 2nd August. The Winchester MP was joined by local councillor Eileen Berry, and they discussed a range of issues, from the national right down to street issues on the estate, with a number of loca...


31 JUL 2012

MP speaks out on Tigers' Olympic accommodation

Steve Brine has spoken out following an investigation into the conditions of local soldiers drafted in to help with London 2012. A Daily Echo investigation has uncovered evidence that hundreds of members of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR) have been put up locations inc...


30 JUL 2012

NHS South of England launches Dementia Challenge

At least £10m is being invested in the local NHS to support the health and wellbeing of the estimated 195,000 people living with dementia across the South of England. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will work with local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, the NHS, the voluntary, co...


27 JUL 2012

Introducing WiBBLE

Steve Brine met recently with local businesswoman and author Cheryl Rickman at his constituency office in Fulflood to find out more about her exciting new project. WiBBLE plans to be an affordable support and promotional network and library of learning tools. It is a party host and reassuring hand,...


26 JUL 2012

Fryern Arcade venue for street surgery

The popular Fryern Arcade was the venue for the next stage of Steve Brine's Summer Tour as he held a street surgery over lunchtime on Thursday 26th July. The Chandler's Ford MP is spending the recess out and about across his wide constituency speaking to residents via a number of street surgeries, ...


26 JUL 2012

Summer Tour hits Highcliffe

Steve Brine took his Summer Tour to Highcliffe on Thursday 26th July as he held a busy surgery at Winchester Evangelical Church on St Catherines Road. Taking advantage of the glorious weather by holding the surgery outside, Steve spoke to a number of constituents who had arranged to see him, on a r...


25 JUL 2012

Olympic train victory for cycling commuters

Following pressure from cycling commuters, South West Trains has now decided not to ban bikes from all their trains over the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a member of the All-Party Cycling Group, Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine was concerned to hear of this development when he sp...


23 JUL 2012

Summer Tour hits scorching Kings Worthy

Steve Brine continued his Summer Tour with a trip to Kings Worthy on Monday 23rd July. The MP, who is embarking on his second annual event, visited the Fraser Road area, and chatted to a number of residents across the Fraser Road area, including Churchill Close, Somerville Road and Elizabeth Close....


22 JUL 2012

Great news for Town Mill in Alresford

Steve Brine has welcomed news that planning permission has been granted for a Micro Hydro Power Generation scheme at the Town Mill in Alresford. Using the water power from the Mill, the system will have a number of important benefits for wildlife and the environment, including allowing the safe pas...


21 JUL 2012

Stunning start to Summer Tour

Steve Brine kicked off his second annual Summer Tour with a packed street surgery in Alresford on Saturday 21st July. The MP, who was joined by popular local councillor Ernie Jeffs and well-known PCSO Steve Hull, spoke to dozens of local residents on the corner of West Street and Broad Street on a ...


19 JUL 2012

Local solar company in weather promise

Following weeks of inclement weather, a local solar company has made a promise that customers will receive a cheque for every rainy day throughout August. SunSmart Energy Ltd is based in Itchen Abbas, and goes back nearly a decade. Director Matt Thornington said: "As I run a solar company this wea...


17 JUL 2012

Decision on future primary provision in Winchester

Hampshire County Council have today (17 July) pledged a £10m investment in Winchester schools to address the crisis in primary provision. Winchester MP Steve Brine has led a campaign on behalf of thousands of parents – and future parents - in the city after it emerged there was a defici...


16 JUL 2012

Roles available at Hursley Scout Group

The 1st Hursley Scout Group is currently seeking volunteers and leaders in order to expand Beaver and Cub places and help them develop the group. Group Manager Ian 'H' Wells said: "After a gap of some 12 years The 1st Hursley Scout Group was reinstated on Monday 23rd April 2012 and started with a B...


16 JUL 2012

Minister to discuss overseas aid at public meeting in Winchester

IMPORTANT NOTICE ... This meeting will now take place on Thursday 8th November 2012 at St Paul's Church on St Paul's Hill, Fulflood from 18:30-20:00 with special guest, Stephen O'Brien MP. If you would like to come - and have not registered already - please email Steve's office as below. ***...


16 JUL 2012

Summer Tour to visit Alresford

Local MP Steve Brine has released details of his second Summer Tour, following the success of his inaugural Tour in 2011, and has announced that he will be holding a street surgery in the town on Saturday 21st July between 10am and 12 midday. The surgery will be held on the corner of Broad Street a...


16 JUL 2012

Steve Brine has launched a new web-app for iPhone users

The App, which can be installed via Steve's popular website www.stevebrine.com is the latest initiative from the MP to fulfil his promise to be the most open and accessible MP Winchester & Chandler's Ford has had. It has been developed by PoliticsWeb and no taxpayer money has been spent on the p...


14 JUL 2012

Table tennis extravaganza to hit Winchester

Winchester is ready to experience table tennis fever this summer when the national street ping pong festival 'Ping!' comes to the city. As part of the festival seven locations around Winchester became home to nine tables free for all to pick up a bat and get playing from 14th July. Ping! Hampshire ...


12 JUL 2012

Hampshire and Isle of Wight win massive summer lottery hat trick for heritage

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can celebrate this summer as three key heritage sites in the region scoop confirmed Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awards. Grade I and II listed Quarr Abbey, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and Twyford Waterworks near Winchester, can now all move forward with exciting c...


11 JUL 2012

Winchester and Kings Worthy host Olympic Torch

Thousands of local residents lined the streets of Winchester and Kings Worthy on Wednesday 11th July as the Olympic Torch relay passed through Hampshire. The torch entered the area through Kings Worthy before making its way along Worthy Lane and Hyde Street, before travelling down North Walls and t...


10 JUL 2012

MP reveals Summer Tour plans

Local MP Steve Brine has released details of his second Summer Tour, following the success of his inaugural Tour in 2011. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP visited a number of locations across the constituency last year, including Stanmore, Winnall, Hyde and Abbotts Barton, and met a large nu...


09 JUL 2012

Makeover at Hiltingbury Lakes

Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hiltingbury Lakes has benefited from a range of environmental improvements. Part of an exciting partnership project between Eastleigh Borough Council and the Environment Agency the project, worth £30,000, has a number of aims including imp...


05 JUL 2012

Delight as Southampton Children's Heart Surgery saved

Steve Brine has spoken of his delight as the children's heart unit at Southampton General Hospital was saved on Wednesday 4th July. The Have a Heart campaign, led by the Daily Echo, secured over 250,000 signatures, and the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was the only local MP who spent the enti...


03 JUL 2012

Large investment for Sutton Scotney water

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Southern Water is to invest £300,000 to improve the quality of treated wastewater returned to the environment in Sutton Scotney. The Winchester MP has been informed that the company is upgrading its works at Gratton Close, to ensure the quality of the wastew...


02 JUL 2012

Launch of Winchester Today

Steve Brine has welcomed the first edition of Winchester Today, a new free paper for local people covering the city and surrounding area. The monthly newspaper has been launched by local journalist Kevin Gover, and covers a range of local news, features, culture and sport. The first edition leads ...


30 JUN 2012

Fryern School Fete

Steve Brine attended the Fryern School Fete on Oakmount Road on Saturday 30th June. The Chandler's Ford MP spent some time chatting to local people, and volunteered to put himself in the 'wet the teacher' stocks to help the school raise money, as well as saying a few words of welcome. He said: "It...


29 JUN 2012

A trip to the theatre

Steve and Susie took a trip to the Theatre Royal on Friday night, as Blue Apple Theatre put on a special production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The evening was an extrememly significant production for Blue Apple, as not only are they touring the production but this was the first time they had ...


29 JUN 2012

Talking about service families at Harestock for Torch Relay

Steve Brine dropped into Harestock Primary School on Friday to discuss service families as the school took part in a special torch relay. The Harestock MP was also joined by Winchester's fantastic new Mayor Frank Pearson and the Lady Mayoress, Ann, at the completion of the mini-Olympic Torch Relay,...


26 JUN 2012

Support for National Breastfeeding Week

Steve Brine has welcomed news for Chandler's Ford residents that the borough council is supporting mums who want to breastfeed as part of National Breastfeeding Week. The Chandler's Ford MP spent Sunday with B.A.B.I.E.S., part of the National Childbirth Trust, and one of the bodies providing a...


26 JUN 2012

Public consultation on Worthy Down development

Proposals for Worthy Down camp were put to local residents at South Wonston Village Hall on Monday 25th June. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation held the evening event to highlight plans including the replacement of existing buildings for continued military training, and the construction of 92...


25 JUN 2012

Flag raising marks Armed Forces Week in city

Steve Brine attended the annual flag raising ceremony at the Great Hall on Monday 25th June as the county marked Armed Forces Week. Jointly organised by Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, the event helps raise public awareness of the...


25 JUN 2012

Welcome for Hampshire Gateway

Steve Brine has welcomed the 2012 edition of Hampshire Gateway, a publication designed to improve access to, and awareness of, leisure and recreational opportunities and facilities for young people with disabilities and additional needs. Developed and supported by Parent Voice and Pavilion on the P...


24 JUN 2012

Sun shines on NCT B.A.B.I.E.S. Family Fun Day

The sun finally came out for the family fun day and fete at the Lanterns Children's Centre in Winchester on Sunday 24th June 2012 which raised an impressive £2800 for the NCT B.A.B.I.E.S (Babies And Breastfeeding Information Encouragement and Support) appeal. In addition to a tombola and raff...


23 JUN 2012

Zimbe in Alresford

St John the Baptist Church in New Alresford was the venue for a special concert on Saturday 23rd June 2012. Organiser and photographer Steve Gapper said: "The Hampshire County Children's Choir joined the Alresford Community Choir, and The Children's Choir led the way with a brilliant performance of...


23 JUN 2012

One hundred years of Fulflood community housing

The Winchester Working Men's Housing Society celebrated its centenary with a day of activities on its Fulflood estate in Greenhill Rd and Milverton Rd on Saturday 23rd June. Local MP Steve Brine, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan and Deputy Mayor of Winchester Cllr Ernie Jeffs joine...


22 JUN 2012

Chandler's Ford Carers' Surgery held to mark special week

Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine held a special Carers' Surgery at Wells Place in Eastleigh as he found out more about care groups across the area. Before meeting his constituents, Steve met with Lucy Sams, Project Leader of 1 Community, which the MP has worked closely with in the past, to discuss th...


22 JUN 2012

Great Hall Launch for Safer Places

Steve Brine dropped into the Great Hall on Friday 22nd June for the launch of the new Safer Places scheme. The Safer Places scheme aims to improve the experience of vulnerable people in the community, providing vulnerable people, and particularly those with a learning disability, with a safe place ...


18 JUN 2012

Pamper day for carers

Steve Brine dropped into St Peters Church Parish Centre on Monday 18th June as The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire put on a special 'pamper day'. Technicians from Peter Symonds' Adult Continuing Education centre volunteered their time to provide manicures and Indian head massages among...


17 JUN 2012

Meeting the Minister... of Magic

Steve and his family dropped into Avington Midsummer Fete on Sunday 17th June, as the village came together to be entertained at Avington Park. The fete, which lasted throughout the afternoon, was jam-packed with events including five-a-side football, tag rugby, a mini-Olympics, tug-of-war and a do...


15 JUN 2012

Celebrating local businesses

Steve Brine attended the annual Winchester Business Excellence Awards at the Guildhall on Friday 15th June, as the business community recognised local commerce. With former MP and television personality Gyles Brandreth speaking, the black tie event was attended by over 300 guests. A range of award...


11 JUN 2012

MP hosts Thornden in Parliament

Steve Brine hosted a group from Thornden in the House of Commons on Monday 11th June, and locked horns in a lively Q & A session. The Chandler's Ford MP took time out to meet the students after they had completed a tour, and spent 45 minutes fielding questions on a wide range of issues, includi...


10 JUN 2012

Alresford Music Festival 2012

Steve and his family took in the Alresford Music Festival on Saturday 9th June, on what turned out to be the only sunny day of the whole weekend! Taking place this year at a new venue, Arlebury Park, the 'Daydream' festival included kids' activities and mini circus acts as well as having a host of ...


09 JUN 2012

Work starts on SSEPD's upgrade project

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution's (SSEPD) £2.1m upgrade of the electricity network in the Kings Worthy area is now under way on Harestock Road, and local MP Steve Brine has paid the site a visit to help with the first stage of excavation. The first phase of the 4-part project ...


07 JUN 2012

Park Sport 2012 in Eastleigh

Steve Brine has welcomed Park Sport 2012, an initiative taking place at over 25 locations across Eastleigh, which will offer free sessions to all 8 - 16 year olds throughout the summer holidays to give people the opportunity to get outside and try something new. This will be the 8th year of Park Sp...


05 JUN 2012

Bang Bang Boom- Winnall Rock School

Steve dropped in to see the guys from Winnall Rock School at their stand at the Festival of Volunteering event on Sunday 3rd June. Winnall Rock School runs every Tuesday evening during term time for 10-17 year olds, and is based at KAYAC on Winnall Valley Road. There are free 5-week courses in gui...


03 JUN 2012

Winchester's BIG society (and lunch)

The second Winchester Festival of Volunteering was held on Sunday (June 3 2012) and once again it joined forces with the city's version of the nationwide initiative 'Big Lunch', known as One Big Table. Winchester MP Steve Brine attended and along with the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearso...


02 JUN 2012

East Stratton Fete does Jubilee

Local MP Steve Brine and his entire family popped into the East Stratton Fete on Saturday (June 2 2012) and ended up in the dog show. Steve's well-known Labrador (Popcorn) insisted on entering the show and treated onlookers to his party trick - eating a biscuit from his masters' mouth without bitin...


01 JUN 2012

B&Q's 22nd century house

Steve Brine visited Chandler's Ford on Friday 1st June, and took in the new B&Q HQ, as well as their new eco-house. Steve met recently with Marketing Director Katherine Paterson to discuss the exciting new Green Deal, and following the meeting was invited down to Chandler's Ford to see for hims...


28 MAY 2012

MP highlights local Stroke Support Group

Steve Brine visited the Stroke Support Group (Winchester and District) on Monday 28th May, to find out more about their Winnall set up. The group, which is self-funded and staffed by experienced volunteers, was set up in 2010, and is based at Winnall Community Centre on Garbett Road. Secretary Bar...


27 MAY 2012

Improvements due for Hiltingbury Lakes

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hiltingbury Lakes is set for a range of environmental improvements. A joint project between the Environment Agency and Eastleigh Borough Council will improve the overall appearance of the area, and the quality of the water, which will also improve fish stocks. Wo...


27 MAY 2012

Final PMQs date announced

The House of Commons has published the third and final date for Steve Brine's allocation of tickets for Prime Minister's Questions. Since his success in the 2010 General Election, Steve has offered all Winchester & Chandler's Ford residents the chance to take part in a ballot for tickets to the...


26 MAY 2012

MP welcomes Council homes in Micheldever

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Winchester City Council is to buy up to seven houses in Micheldever and rent them to local people. The homes are situated in Dever Close, and the MP is delighted to hear that this is pressing ahead. He said: "This really is good news, and while I know this has bee...


25 MAY 2012

MP backs Basics Bank

Local MP Steve Brine popped into Winchester Basics Bank (Friday 25 May 2012) to meet the team and help the charity as summer approaches and demand increases for its service helping some of Winchester's most vulnerable families. Winchester Basics Bank (WBB) is part of Churches Together in Winchester...


24 MAY 2012

Trinity receives Lotto boost

The Trinity Centre has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £218,000 to support their continued work in the city, with the added bonus they will be able to open on Saturdays. Currently, Trinity is supported by donations and grants, including £99,000 from Winchester City Council, and...


24 MAY 2012

Local Entrepreneur Crashes Through The Sound Barrier

Prominent local businesswoman Fiona Whitehouse has joined up with local MP Steve Brine on a mission to revolutionise the lives of hard-of-hearing business people. "Sound Advice" is a new mentoring service aimed at entrepreneurs who experience hearing difficulties, and Fiona hopes her new initiative ...


22 MAY 2012

Safer Places comes to Winchester

Steve Brine is supporting the launch of Safer Places, which will take place at The Great Hall on 22nd June. The scheme will bring together many local businesses and organisations who will offer their premises as a safe haven, and Steve is delighted to offer his support by signing up his constituenc...


20 MAY 2012

Huge turnout for Alresford Watercress Festival

Steve Brine joined thousands of people, including a sprinkling of celebrities, as the ninth annual Alresford Watercress Festival took place on Sunday 20th May. As well as joining TV cook Sophie Grigson, Radio Solent presenter Katie Martin, Katie Hughes of the Cook Academy and Charles Barter of the...


19 MAY 2012

MP joins countryside open day

Steve Brine and his family joined over 10,000 people at the sixth Sparsholt countryside open day on Saturday 19th May. The event was hosted by Sparsholt College, and as well as the senior management team, over 800 students took part in a wide range of family events, including sheep shearing, laser ...


11 MAY 2012

SSE reveal plans to tackle Kings Worthy power cuts

Local MP Steve Brine brought SSE bosses, local councillors and residents together in Kings Worthy today (Friday May 11) as the power company fulfilled a key promise following a series of serious power cuts. Back in February, the MP summoned SSE to an emergency meeting at his Winchester office to ex...


11 MAY 2012

Cathedral bids for large funds from lottery

Winchester Cathedral has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £10.5m bid for repairs to the Cathedral fabric and development of a major project. A grant of £475,000 has been awarded to the cathedral to help fund the development work required to make a full appli...


10 MAY 2012

On the road to a safer Highbridge?

The first step in securing a safer future for Highbridge in Colden Common may have been secured after Hampshire County Council announced a new traffic island at a set of busy junctions. Last year, Steve Brine MP joined forces with Cllr Richard Izard and a number of local residents to address a host...


09 MAY 2012

Extra carriages for South West Trains

Steve Brine has highlighted 'extremely welcome' news from Government as Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced extra carriages will be provided for South West Trains commuters. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has worked very hard on commuter issues since he was elected in 2010, and ...


09 MAY 2012

MP addresses new primary school community meeting

Steve Brine joined parents, staff, governors and even students at Westgate School on Tuesday 8th May, as representatives from the county council discussed the new primary school campaign. The Winchester MP, who is spearheading the campaign locally, addressed the meeting following the introduction f...


08 MAY 2012

Fryern Funtasia 2012

Steve Brine and his young family joined hundreds of Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury residents at Fryern Recreation Ground on Monday 7th May for the Fryern Funtasia. The event was organised by the popular, and newly re-elected, councillor Mike Hughes, and facilitated by the Chandler's Ford Parish Co...


07 MAY 2012

Innovative energy efficiency trial cuts costs and carbon for Park Homes

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed a groundbreaking energy efficiency trial by SSE plc in Cornwall has received approval from OFGEM as a means of ascertaining the carbon score of Residential Park Homes throughout the UK. The two year long trial studied various insulation measures for Park Homes design...


04 MAY 2012

MP hails 'stunning' election results across Winchester constituency

Local MP Steve Brine has spoken of his delight after local Conservatives took control of the city council in a night of high drama at Winchester Guildhall. In a night of high drama at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday (May 3), the party won a clutch of seats and now have outright control of the auth...


02 MAY 2012

The Accidental Imposter

Steve Brine visited HMP Winchester on Wednesday 2nd May for a play with a difference. The Accidental Imposter was adapted and performed by serving prisoners in conjunction with students from the University of Winchester, and was inspired by Accidental Death of an Anarchist, by Dario Fo. The play, ...


01 MAY 2012

Port upgrade given green light

Steve Brine has welcomed a £150m expansion of the port of Southampton which will create 200 jobs and safeguard around 2000 more. The major infrastructure project to upgrade container ship had been caught in red tape and held up by a legal challenge by rival dock owners in Felixstowe, but the ...


30 APR 2012

Baby first aid courses in Badger Farm

The British Red Cross and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) are holding courses on baby first aid on Saturday 16th June at Badger Farm Community Centre. The courses will run between 10-12 and 2-4, and are available for parents and parents-to-be. Course coordinator Jennifer Andrews said: "Courses...


30 APR 2012

MP highlights water-saving scheme

Steve Brine has highlighted a subsidised scheme that allows local residents to save rainwater, as Hampshire teeters on the brink of drought. Organised by Recycle for Hampshire, residents across the county can purchase a full rain water saver kit for less than £45, which includes a 190 litre w...


24 APR 2012

Special anniversary for Ramblers

This week saw the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout trespass, an historic event which has been identified as one of the key instigators for the creation of National Parks, and walkers' right to roam. Benedict Southworth, Chief Executive of the Ramblers, explained: "On the 24th April 1932, more t...


24 APR 2012

Sew Iconic to launch in Winchester

A range of new Winchester- themed products is to be launched in the city on Saturday 5th May. Sew Iconic will launch its debut range of vibrant and unique printed designs of Winchester at the Tourist Information Centre in Winchester, with the event starting at 11am. This new partnership business i...


24 APR 2012

British Gas sheds over 500 jobs

Steve Brine has spoken of his sadness after British Gas revealed they plan to make over 500 employees redundant at their Southampton call centre. The firm, which has now launched a three-month consultation on the moves, has said that while 50 posts will move to nearby Chandler's Ford, it needed to ...


20 APR 2012

Manufacturing Excellence 2012

Steve Brine is calling on local businesses to get in involved in Manufacturing Excellence 2012, the UK-wide awards programme which not only identifies and celebrates outstanding UK manufacturing businesses but can also help companies improve. Past winners have shown that by taking part and adopting...


17 APR 2012

Bomb scare in city

Parts of Winchester city centre were sealed off on Monday 16th April following a dual bomb threat issued to courthouses in both Winchester and Swindon. At the busy lunchtime period, a cordon was set up 200 yards around Winchester Crown Court at the top of the High Street, which affected hundreds of...


17 APR 2012

Marnhull Rise community meeting

Following complaints of anti social behaviour within the vicinity of Marnhull play area and recent changes to the management of the play area, Winchester City Council is holding a Community Street Brief on Tuesday 15th May 2012. 5.30pm - 7pm. The community street brief, which will be held between 5...


16 APR 2012

Steve Brine supports Tracking Parkinson's

Steve Brine has welcomed the launch of Tracking Parkinson's, the world's biggest study of the condition to date, which coincides with Parkinson's Awareness Week which runs until 22nd April. Parkinson's UK has put out an urgent call for 3,000 volunteers - both recently-diagnosed people with Parkinso...


16 APR 2012

MP welcomes news on new city waste scheme

Steve Brine has welcomed measures that will ensure a single waste removal scheme will service local businesses after Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) agreed a deal last week. Southern Waste Management will now collect and separate waste from nearly 700 Winchester businesses, signallin...


05 APR 2012

Hosepipe bans and water restrictions

Following exceptionally low rainfall over the past 18 months, seven water companies have announced temporary restrictions on the use of water by their customers, and this effects the South East of England. After the second very dry winter, the government has been working with suppliers and consumer...


04 APR 2012

Raising money for Multiple Scleroris Society

Winchester resident, and former councillor, Richard Worrall, is running the London Marathon on 22nd April to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Richard, who represented the St Barnabas ward covering Weeke and Teg Down from 2006-2010, has been training hard, and has a Just Giving page, ...


04 APR 2012

Search for Weeke Pond successor

The search is on for a successor to Maurice Charrett, who has taken on responsibility for the historic Weeke Pond for the last 17 years. The pond has been the subject of major renovation work over recent months, and Maurice, led the project which brought in various organisations including the city ...


04 APR 2012

Steve urges local would-be filmmakers to enter national film competition

Steve Brine has called for local amateur film makers to enter FILM THE HOUSE, a national competition that celebrates up-and-coming amateur film producers, directors and script writers across the UK. Film lovers of all ages are urged to get their creative juices flowing, and submit their amateur fil...


30 MAR 2012

Dementia roadshow coincides with funding boost

Winchester MP Steve Brine met up with the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow as they visited Winchester on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March. The tour comes after a recent announcement by David Cameron that funding for research into dementia is set to be doubled. With over 18,000 peo...


22 MAR 2012

MP condemns 'appalling' motocross decision

The planning committee of Winchester City Council has approved the application to allow motocross and other activities at Three Maids Hill. Despite calls to refuse the application from four local city councillors, the two local parish councils (South Wonston and Littleton & Harestock) and local...


19 MAR 2012

Michael Gove backs New School campaign

Education Secretary Michael Gove visited Peter Symonds College in Winchester on Monday 12th March and backed local MP Steve Brine's campaign to bring a new primary school to the city. Winchester faces a chronic shortage of primary places for September 2012 and a campaign has been launched to signif...


19 MAR 2012

Olympic Flame route announced

The Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Winchester on Wednesday 11th July, and the final route has now been announced. The flame will travel through Kings Worthy just before quarter past one in the afternoon, passing landmarks such as the Kings Worthy Post Office, the Cart and Horses and Wessex Window...


19 MAR 2012

Wednesday 21st March- Important Motocross Planning Meeting

Winchester City Council is holding a vital planning meeting on Wednesday 21st March to decide the highly controversial Motocross application on Three Maids Hill. The Planning and Development Control Committee will meet at 2pm at the Guildhall, and the Three Maids Motocross Action Group, led by Cllr...


16 MAR 2012

MP asks for views ahead of assisted dying debate

Steve Brine is to join MPs debating a Commons motion on assisted dying on Tuesday 27th March and is asking constituents with views to contact him. The MP was originally scheduled to be away from Westminster but has re-arranged his plans because the issue of assisted dying is of such importance and ...


16 MAR 2012

Grand opening of Carver Care

A new shop selling goods for the elderly and disabled was formally opened by local MP Steve Brine on Friday 16th March. Carver Care, owned by Winchester residents William and Maggie Carver, has been established for eighteen years and is already the market leader across Bedfordshire and Buckinghamsh...


16 MAR 2012

Opening of the Fryern Jubilee Garden

Steve Brine joined a host of dignitaries at the opening of the Diamond Jubilee Garden at Fryern Community Centre on Friday 16th March. Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant, Dame Mary Fagan, did the honours at the garden, which was project managed by local councillor Mike Hughes and involved children from ...


15 MAR 2012

Osborne pupils take campaign to Parliament

Pupils from Osborne School took their campaign for a safe crossing on Andover Road all the way to Parliament on Wednesday 14th March. The trip had a dual purpose; to learn more about democracy and see where both the Lords and Members of Parliament sit and to discuss the installation of an Andover R...


15 MAR 2012

MP takes Minister to HMP Winchester

Steve Brine took Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt to HMP Winchester on Thursday 15th March, to meet staff and prisoners and examine the work they do. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has recently been elected onto the influential Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP, and was ...


13 MAR 2012

New affordable homes in Kings Worthy

Steve Brine was on hand to formally open a new affordable homes development in Kings Worthy on Tuesday 13th March. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has been close to the Radian development, in The Dell off Willis Waye, since the start, and was delighted to meet a number of local residents, i...


10 MAR 2012

Musical Life Stories

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news of an exciting new website to help people with dementia and Alzheimer's trigger memories of their lives. Anne Forrest, of Winchester, has set up Memories UK Ltd, which takes photographs, videos and music from throughout someone's life, and merges them together t...


09 MAR 2012

MP and Egghead fundraise for Chesil Theatre

Steve Brine took part in a fundraising evening for the Chesil Theatre Development Appeal on Friday 9th March 2012, when a capacity audience enjoyed an array of entertainment from magic and sketches to the Chesil's very own version of Mastermind. The evening kicked off with Neil Kelso performing som...


09 MAR 2012

Local MP Steve Brine opens Bathstore

Winchester locals looking for their dream bathroom will be in their element, after the doors opened to the area's newest showroom on Friday 9th March. Located in Winchester Trade Park on Easton Lane, Bathstore was officially opened by Steve Brine, local MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford. Led b...


09 MAR 2012

Volunteer with Winchester MS

Steve Brine is backing the MS Society as they search for local volunteers across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. The Winchester branch need a whole team which includes becoming part of the committee, fundraisers, publicity roles and people to work in a support capacity working directly with peopl...


06 MAR 2012

Welcome to Winchester 2012

Steve Brine has welcomed an exciting website which highlights activities and celebrations taking place in Winchester as the Olympics and Paralympics come to London this summer. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is delighted to see that the site, run by a team at Winchester City Council, provi...


05 MAR 2012

National Citizen Service is a great opportunity for local 16-year-olds

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has welcomed the launch of the second year of National Citizen Service. National Citizen Service is a scheme for 16-year-olds first proposed by David Cameron in 2005 and now introduced by the Coalition government. It brings together 16-year-olds...


05 MAR 2012

MP welcomes new events business to city

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed an exciting new business to the city, after Jems events relocated to Winchester from the Midlands. Led by Director Jo Robertson, the business caters for events of all sizes and occasions, including fun casino tables, chocolate fountains, landmark birthdays, anniversa...


02 MAR 2012

Building the BIG society with One Community

Steve Brine visited One Community in Eastleigh on Friday 2nd March to discuss their role as the Council of Voluntary Services (CVS) for the area, and specifically across Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury. One Community is an independent charity providing voluntary sector support, community developmen...


02 MAR 2012

A&E and Orthopaedics on hospital visit for MP

Local MP Steve Brine dropped into Winchester hospital on Friday 3rd March 2012 for his latest meeting with the bosses and staff. Mr Brine, who visits the hospital every month as part of his focus on the local NHS, was accompanied by the new Chief Executive - of the new Hampshire Hospitals Foundatio...


01 MAR 2012

Vibrant new sewing school in Fulflood

Steve Brine has welcomed news of a new venture in Winchester following his work supporting Creative Fulflood. Wendy Wyatt has recently set up Bobbin Sewing School, on Brassey Road, which is offering sewing classes from skilled tutors to anyone who loves to sew and wants to learn more. From dressma...


28 FEB 2012

Climate Week- Britain's Biggest Climate Change Campaign

Steve Brine is supporting Climate Week, a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates with thousands of events and activities taking place throughout the week of 12 to 18 March 2012, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing r...


27 FEB 2012

MP highlights autism consultation

Steve Brine has welcomed a consultation published by Hampshire County Council aimed at adults with autism. HCC has published its Draft Strategy which includes how young people with autism, from the age of 14, will be offered support as they move into adulthood. The Hampshire Autism Partnership Boa...


27 FEB 2012

MP welcomes council commitment to voluntary sector

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Conservative-controlled Winchester City Council confirmed its commitment to the voluntary sector on two separate occasions last week. WCC Deputy Leader, Cllr John Cooper, welcomed around 70 representatives of community, voluntary and other 'not for profit' ...


27 FEB 2012

Caracoli wins prestigious national award

Steve Brine has congratulated Caracoli in Alresford, who are celebrating winning the Best for Food category in the Best Small Shops in Britain awards, run by the Daily Telegraph. The local MP, who lives nearby, is a regular customer at the Broad Street store, which opened its doors in 2005 and rece...


23 FEB 2012

Government Minister answers questions at Henry Beaufort

Local MP Steve Brine took a Government Minister to Henry Beaufort in Harestock on Thursday 23rd February. Minister for Schools Nick Gibb met staff and governors to find out more about the school before meeting students and answering questions on government policy, before taking in a tour of the cam...


23 FEB 2012

Schools Minister visits Thornden in Chandler's Ford

Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, visited staff and students at Thornden, in Chandler's Ford, on Thursday 23rd February with local MP Steve Brine. As well as taking a tour of the school, dropping into a number of lessons and extra-curricular activities, Mr Gibb was able to discuss a number of issues...


23 FEB 2012

Minister visits local university

Steve Brine took the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, to the University of Winchester on Thursday 23rd February to meet with staff and students. The Minister led a discussion with student teachers and key figures such the Dean of The Faculty for Education, Health and Social Care Joyce Goodman, S...


21 FEB 2012

HCC respond to consultation over City of Liverpool cruise terminal

Hampshire County Council has set out its strong opposition to the Government's proposal to withdraw their objection to lifting the 'no turnaround' grant condition on the City of Liverpool's Cruise Terminal (CLCT), citing unfair competition and inappropriate use of public funds. This comes after Joe...


20 FEB 2012

Unique double opportunity to take in PMQs and Budget

Local MP Steve Brine is offering his constituents the chance to watch the Budget live in the House of Commons as it unfolds on Wednesday 21st March, directly after Prime Minister's Questions. In line with all MPs, Steve receives a pair of tickets to PMQs three times a year, and this March his slot ...


20 FEB 2012

Update on Motocross application at Three Maids Hill

The Three Maids Hill motocross planning application will be determined at a special meeting of the planning committee of Winchester City Council on Wednesday 21st March. Following a site visit in the morning, the meeting will take place in the Guildhall at 2pm. Local MP Steve Brine has long campaig...


14 FEB 2012

Caracoli nominated for national award

Alresford food store & coffee shop Caracoli has been nominated for a prestigious national award. The popular shop has been nominated in the Telegraph Best Small Shops in Britain Award, which is endorsed by retail guru Mary Portas, and is one of just three such shops in the running for the Food ...


11 FEB 2012

Chatting to residents in Stanmore

Steve Brine joined local councillor Jamie Scott, hard-working campaigner Derek Green and the local team as they spent a (slightly chilly) Saturday afternoon chatting to local residents in Stanmore. The MP was delighted to meet up with Jamie and Derek once again, especially in Derek's own area on Ba...


11 FEB 2012

Street surgery in Alresford

Steve Brine joined Cllr Ernie Jeffs in Alresford on the morning of Saturday 11th February for one of their regular joint street surgeries. The MP spent just over two hours on the corner of Broad Street and West Street chatting to Alresford people about a variety of issues, both local and national. ...


10 FEB 2012

SSE meet with local MP following power cuts

Winchester MP Steve Brine met with senior managers from SSE Power Distribution on Thursday 9th February following a series of power cuts which have caused major disruption in the Kings Worthy area. The MP was joined by representatives from Kings Worthy Parish Council (KWPC) for the meeting which h...


09 FEB 2012

Andrew Lansley visits Winchester Hospital and local school

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley visited Winchester today, Thursday 9th February where he met local GPs, saw acute stroke services in the city and visited a local primary school to receive a very special cheque. Mr Lansley dropped into St Bede Primary School in Hyde to receive a cheque for just...


07 FEB 2012

Calling into Peter Symonds College

Local MP Steve Brine dropped into Peter Symonds' on Friday 3rd February to catch up with the college Principal, Neil Hopkins. As well as discussing a range of educational issues, they also took a trip over Bereweeke Road to look at progress being made on the new Pavilion. Steve said: "I hope it is...


06 FEB 2012

Kings Worthy power cuts - MP to meet SSE

Local MP Steve Brine is to meet senior representatives from SSE Power on Thursday (9 February) to discuss recent power cuts which have caused havoc in some parts of Winchester. Updated 16:00 6th February - Steve will chair the meeting which will also be attended by representatives from Kings W...


03 FEB 2012

A visit to Bushfield Down

Steve Brine joined the Bushfield Down Supporters Group on Friday 3rd February to hear more about their project to turn the area into a 'village green'. The group has been active since 2003, and is actively involved in the application for Town and Village Green Status to the area, made possible by a...


03 FEB 2012

MP visit to 'new' RHCH

Local MP Steve Brine visited Winchester Hospital on Friday lunchtime to meet with the new team since its merger with Basingstoke. Mr Brine met with Chief Executive Mary Edwards to hear how the new Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust is settling down and discuss future plans. Also on the agenda wa...


03 FEB 2012

Talking Primary education at Weeke

Steve Brine visited Weeke Primary School on Friday 3rd February to discuss a number of issues, including the MP's vision for a new city primary school. Steve met with the headteacher, Maggie Hastie, and chair of governors, Sheila Anderson, and joined them in a tour of the school, based on Stoney La...


02 FEB 2012

Winchester's Zombie Resurrection

Steve Brine is supporting two Winchester film-makers who are pulling out all the stops to get to Cannes 2012. Jake Hawkins and Andy Phelps have made Zombie Resurrection, a low-budget British horror movie, following both of them being laid off from their jobs last year. Speaking to Steve, Jake said...


30 JAN 2012

Steve visits South Wonston Primary School

A recent visit by Steve Brine MP to South Wonston Primary School was not only informative but thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff. Euan Lippett, Charlie Sale, Katie Millar and Caitlin Wesley gave Mr Brine a guided tour of the school before he faced a 'Question Time' style audience of Y5 and...


30 JAN 2012

Faster broadband gets the green light in Hampshire

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Hampshire is to receive £5m of government funding to bring faster broadband to businesses and residents. The funding, from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), is to be matched by local public and private finance, and it forms part of the £8.4 million ...


30 JAN 2012

Great news on St Cross crossing

City residents are joining a group of cross-party councillors, local campaigners and their MP Steve Brine in celebrating news that new crossings are to be installed on St Cross Road. Following a meeting organised by Steve, and including local residents, Cllr Brian Collin and Hampshire County Counci...


25 JAN 2012

Makeover for Weeke Pond

Local MP Steve Brine has paid tribute to a coalition of local people and organisations after Weeke Pond, on Stockbridge Road, was restored with clean water from Sparsholt College. The state of the pond had been subject to a long-running campaign led by Maurice Charrett, and the work was carried out...


25 JAN 2012

New Bishop ordained at St Paul's Cathedral

Winchester MP Steve Brine and Mayor Barry Lipscomb were among around 2000 who witnessed the ordination of the new Bishop of Winchester on Wednesday 25th January. The ordination and consecration of the (former) Canon Tim Dakin was conducted at St Paul's Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and...


25 JAN 2012

Securing the future of our local Post Offices

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has welcomed the news of a 10-year deal between Royal Mail and the Post Office, securing the future of services without resorting to the failed closures programme which dominated Labour's time in government. The deal follows the Government's oth...


24 JAN 2012

Pitt Manor given green light

A controversial planning application seeking to put over 200 houses on an area to the south-west of Winchester was given the green light on Monday 23rd January after an appeal. Turley Associates had challenged Winchester City Council's refusal of the plan, and the scheme, which has been fought by a...


23 JAN 2012

City consults on Local Plan

Steve Brine has urged local people to comment on the new Local Plan after Winchester City Council called for views on the 'soundness' of the document. The Winchester District Core Strategy has recently been renamed as Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 – Joint Core Strategy. This reflects ...


20 JAN 2012

MOD pledge to Harestock Service children

Harestock Primary School has benefited from MOD funding of innovative projects to make sure that the children of Service personnel are not disadvantaged by moving to different schools. This month Harestock Primary School will by one of 139 schools nationally to receive a share of the first £3...


20 JAN 2012

MP addresses local business breakfast

Steve Brine spoke at the (now-annual) Winchester Chamber/BID business breakfast, held at the Winchester Hotel on Friday 20th January. For the second year running, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke to business leaders from across the city at the networking event held by the local Chamber...


16 JAN 2012

Single non-emergency 101 police number launched

Steve Brine has welcomed the single non-emergency 101 number which has been rolled out to police forces across England and Wales to help the public to access the police when they need them. 101 will give the public a memorable number for their local police to report crimes and concerns that do not ...


13 JAN 2012

This is my home now

Steve Brine dropped into a wonderful exhibition called 'This is my home now' at Winchester Discovery Centre on Friday 13th January. The show, based at Cityscape is an oral history project about people who have sought refuge from conflict or persecution in their homeland and who now live in the are...


13 JAN 2012

Much to discuss at Kings' School

Steve Brine spent part of Friday morning at Kings' School in Winchester, meeting staff and students and taking a short tour of the campus. Speaking on his way to the hospital for his next meeting, Steve said: "I do my best to visit as many schools as often as I can, as it is important to be able to...


09 JAN 2012

Campaign to tackle hoax 999 calls

South Central Ambulance Service has launched a campaign to stop people calling 999 for non-life threatening reasons. With the service receiving 1,235 hoax calls, and many more inappropriate calls between January and October 2011, this is an increasing problem that is putting people's lives at risk. ...


06 JAN 2012

Goodbye to outgoing hospital Trust

Steve Brine dropped into Winchester Hospital on Friday 6th January to join staff as they marked the end of Winchester & Eastleigh Health Care Trust (WEHCT) and said goodbye to the Trust Board and chairman. The event was held in the St Catherine's restaurant at RHCH, which now merges with Basing...


05 JAN 2012

Local team welcome estate improvements

Steve Brine, Cllr Jamie Scott and community campaigner Derek Green have recently been out and about with looking at the progress being made by the city council to improve Stanmore. One improvement that has had a lot of positive feedback is parking in Thurmond Crescent. Derek, a local resident for ...


04 JAN 2012

Welcome repairs for Teg Down roads

Helen Osborne and Cllr Eileen Berry have joined local MP Steve Brine in warmly welcoming the resurfacing of roads around Teg Down- at long last! Helen, a local campaigner, said: "The County's Operation Resilience is doing a great job, bringing roads back up to standard after a couple of tough winte...


02 JAN 2012

Lighting at Harestock shops

Local campaigner James Byrnes is picking up the baton in assisting residents concerned with the lack of lighting at the Priors Dean Road shopping parade. James said: "The lighting here is completely non-existent to the point of being dangerous. Neither of the ward's Councillors have done anything a...


16 DEC 2011

Supporting the Big Issue

Local MP Steve Brine spent a lunchtime selling the Big Issue on Winchester High Street on Friday 16th December. Back in the summer, Steve was contacted on Twitter by the organisation, after having tweeted mentioning a conversation he had with a vendor up at Waterloo station. Steve said: "Every wee...


15 DEC 2011

MP 'baffled' at volunteer CRB charges

Steve Brine has spoken of his concern after learning of proposals to charge volunteers for portable CRB checks. Currently, a one-off Criminal Record Bureau check would remain free for volunteers, but the Home Office has said it is 'looking closely' at whether volunteers would have to pay a yearly s...


12 DEC 2011

Sport England donate generously to tennis club

Steve Brine popped into Winchester Tennis and Squash Club on Monday 12th December to present a £50,000 cheque awarded to the club by Sport England. The investment is part of Places People Play, our Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund, which aims to bring the inspiration of the 2012 Games to ev...


10 DEC 2011

Opening the Abbeyfield link-way

Steve Brine opened a new link-way at the Abbeyfield Winchester Society on Saturday 10th December. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined Trustees of the national society, as they celebrated the opening of the link-way, following extensive work which has also included an upgraded car park an...


10 DEC 2011

Fire at RHCH

Steve Brine has paid tribute to the emergency services after a fire broke out at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital on Friday 9th December. Thankfully, there were no casualties in the blaze, which took place in the MRI unit on Romsey Road at just after 4pm. A number of fire engines were deployed ...


10 DEC 2011

A skate park vision...

Steve Brine met local skater Steve Willoughby at River Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th December to discuss a vision for a new skate park in the city, with the Hampshire Chronicle in attendance. They spoke about the tired park that currently exists at the leisure centre, and the effect it has h...


09 DEC 2011

Grand opening of Sunstar Colden Common

Steve Brine joined Cllr Richard Izard and a host of guests at the grand opening of the new Sunstar convenience store in Colden Common on Friday 9th December. The MP cut the ribbon in front of assembled press as staff and customers celebrated the first day of the trading at the Main Rd store, situat...


08 DEC 2011

Motocross public consultation re-opened

City planners have decided to re-open the public consultation on controversial plans to allow land at Three Maids Hill to be used for motocross. The consultation, which is now open until 22nd December 2011, will allow local residents to put forward their views on the site, which has generated large...


08 DEC 2011

PMQs - a ballot for local people

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is inviting constituents who would like to visit Parliament and watch Prime Minister's Question Time to contact him. In line with all MPs, Steve receives just three confirmed pairs of tickets each calendar year.  To ensure absolute fairness, ...


05 DEC 2011

Christmas card winner Eleanor Ring presented with panto tickets

Steve Brine took a trip to Prince's Mead School on Monday 5th December to present the winner of his Christmas Card competiton with her prize. Talented Eleanor Ring, aged 10, won a Family Ticket to a local pantomime after her Salvadore Dali-inspired depiction of the High Street clock bowled over Ste...


05 DEC 2011

Supporting annual MOTs

Steve Brine is backing a campaign to retain the annual MOT following evidence from a number of leading motoring organisations. Both the AA and the RAC have shown concern at proposals to change the time limit of MOTs from one year, as they are currently, to three years, and the Winchester & Chan...


04 DEC 2011

MP impressed at Winchester Youth FC set up

Steve Brine took a trip to Chilcomb sports fields on Saturday 3rd December to look at the behind-the-scenes progress the club has recently made. Winchester Youth FC has around 150 players, and an ethos which focuses on providing quality coaching while competing successfully at each age group. The ...


02 DEC 2011

An evening out... with the Street Pastors

Steve Brine spent a Friday night out on the town, as he joined up with the Winchester Street Pastors on 2nd December. The Winchester MP joined Rev David Williams as an official observer and team leader Mike O'Connor as the group chatted and offered friendly support to youngsters sampling Winch...


02 DEC 2011

Initial Hockley Viaduct plans announced

Steve Brine has welcomed news that repair works to Hockley Viaduct have been announced by Winchester City Council at a recent public meeting in Shawford. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has worked with local residents, including the Friends of Hockley Viaduct, in the past in their campaign ...


02 DEC 2011

Annual shift at Cathedral Refectory

Steve Brine donned his apron once again for his annual shift clearing tables at the Cathedral Refectory over lunchtime on Friday 2nd December. The MP joined the team for the third year running as they served the public their popular range of refreshments. With a mixed staff of cathedral employees a...


02 DEC 2011

MP welcomes retention of mobility component

Steve Brine MP has welcomed the retention of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, replacing Disability Living Allowance, for people living in residential care. The Government spent the last few months gathering information and evidence and visiting disabled people in care homes ...


01 DEC 2011

Nurses climb Kilimanjaro for Magic Wand Appeal

Steve Brine is backing four nurses from Winchester A&E as they prepare to embark on an challenge of a lifetime, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Vicky McMillan, Rachael McLaughlin, Bernie Hampton and Helen Holloway, 31, of Badger Farm, are doing it to raise money for the hospital's Magic Wand Appeal...


29 NOV 2011

MP update on power cuts in Kings Worthy

Following his work on behalf of Kings Worthy residents who have suffered from a spate of power cuts over recent months, Steve Brine has given a cautious welcome to news that SSE Power Distribution are taking the matter seriously. In a letter to the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, SSE confirmed...


28 NOV 2011

Severe weather contingency from train operators

Following two severe winters, South West Trains and Network Rail have announced additional measures they are putting in place this year to improve the service they provide commuters. In a letter to Steve Brine, Andy Pitt, Managing Director of South West Trains, and Richard O'Brien, Managing Directo...


28 NOV 2011

Concern over High Street Market

Traders in Winchester High Street have raised concerns after some stores experienced a drop in sales after market stalls were moved outside their shops. The city council is now reviewing the situation after the city's Business Improvement District (BID), led by executive director Chris Turner, made...


25 NOV 2011

Visiting Hiltingbury Junior School

Steve Brine spent a morning at Hiltingbury Junior School on Friday 25th November, where he was given a tour by staff and children. Joining headteacher Dr Trevor Walker and Matthew Golby-Kirk, Chair of Governors, the Chandler's Ford MP met three youngsters who showed him classrooms and faclilties, b...


21 NOV 2011

MP welcomes Winchester City Children In Need pledge

Steve Brine has welcomed news that Winchester City will be donating 50% of the gate receipt for their match against Brading Town on Wednesday 23rd November to Children In Need. The game is expected to kick off at 7.30pm and local volunteers will be circling the pitch to collect further donations if...


17 NOV 2011

Claire Floyd of Naomi House wins Digital Heroes Award 2011

Naomi House volunteer Claire Floyd has won a £5,000 grant from TalkTalk for her Lifelites education and entertainment technology project for disabled children in Hampshire. Claire, and Naomi House, are now in with the chance of winning a £10,000 grand prize, and will be honoured in a sp...


16 NOV 2011

Steve meets the Young Artist of the Year

Steve Brine dropped into the University of Winchester on Wednesday 16th November to meet a local artist who graduated from the city. Francis Martin, who is exhibiting at The Link Gallery at West Downs, left Winchester School of Art in 2009, and has since won the Young Artist of the Year Award, give...


15 NOV 2011

MP congratulates Eastleigh and Chandler's Ford on national cycle rail award

Eastleigh Borough Council has scooped a national rail cycle award for its work with South West Trains on improving access and cycle facilities at local stations. Throughout 2010-11 the Council, in partnership with South West Trains and cycling organisation Sustrans, undertook a number of initiative...


14 NOV 2011

Steve Brine welcomes large uptake of apprenticeships

Provisional data for the full 2010/11 academic year shows that UK apprenticeship starts increased by over 50% to 442,700, with increases across all age groups. Steve Brine said: "This is great news for both businesses and young people. The record rise in apprenticeship numbers, particularly in the ...


14 NOV 2011

MP welcomes PJM victory for Malaysia veterans

Steve Brine has welcomed news that veterans of Commonwealth forces serving in East Asia over four decades ago will now be able to wear medals from the King of Malaysia. The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) was commissioned for servicemen who fought against terror and aggression against Indonesian forces ...


13 NOV 2011

Remembrance Sunday at Winchester Cathedral

Steve Brine joined over a thousand local people who paid their respects at the Remembrance Service at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 13th November. The MP laid a special wreath on behalf of his constituents in Winchester & Chandler's Ford, and joined representatives from organisations such as t...


11 NOV 2011

Eleanor Ring wins Steve Brine's Christmas Card Competition

Eleanor Ring, from Prince's Mead School in Winchester, has won Steve Brine's first Christmas Card Competion. Eleanor, aged 10, is a Year 6 pupil at the school, which took part in the contest, along with over 120 other children from across the constituency, at Itchen Abbas Primary School, Weeke Prim...


11 NOV 2011

Act of Remembrance 2011

Steve Brine joined fellow Hampshire MPs in Winchester on Friday 11th November to mark Armistice Day. Following the two-minute silence and a short Remembrance Service at Hampshire County Council's Memorial Plaque, Hampshire County Council Chairman, Cllr Anna McNair-Scott, launched Hampshire's Heroes...


10 NOV 2011

Steve Brine MP- welcomes national awards for young volunteers

Steve Brine has welcomed news that nominations are now open for the vinspired National Awards, which celebrate the brilliant contribution that young volunteers make to their communities. The annual awards offer an opportunity to highlight the positivity, creativity and dedication demonstrated by yo...


08 NOV 2011

MP delighted at 'fantastic recognition' of second Purple Flag award for city

Local MP Steve Brine has expressed his delight as Winchester has been awarded a prestigious Purple Flag for the second year running. A Purple Flag is an indicator of a good night out, and is part of a national scheme run by the Association of Town Centre Management, which is supported by the Associ...


07 NOV 2011

Olympic Torch to pass through Winchester and King's Worthy

With London 2012 fast approaching, local residents are waking up to the news that the Olympic Torch Relay is to pass through Winchester city and King's Worthy as it makes the traditional journey throughout the host country. Announced on Monday 7th November, the flame will hit Winchester on the way ...


06 NOV 2011

Opening the CLIC Sargent Christmas Gift Fair

Steve Brine opened the CLIC Sargent Christmas Gift Fair at Lainston House Hotel in Sparsholt, on Sunday 6th November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is a supporter of the charity, and was delighted to be asked along to open the event. Emily Jenkins, Local Event Fundraising Manager, said: ...


05 NOV 2011

MP welcomes Biffa apology and action plan

Steve Brine has welcomed an apology from the managers and crews of Biffa, after the first three weeks of the new bin rounds were plagued with problems. Biffa has announced recovery plans to ensure that the majority of previously missed bins will have been collected by the end of Monday 7 November w...


04 NOV 2011

MP pays visit to Alresford care company

Steve Brine visited care company Home Instead Senior Care on Friday 4th November as he spent the morning in the pretty market town of Alresford. Steve and Jan Gapper, who set up the business in March this year, invited the busy MP to officiate at their office opening in September, but unfortunately...


04 NOV 2011

Visiting Perins in Alresford

Steve dropped into Perins school in Alresford on Friday 4th November to meet staff and chat to students. He spent some time with the headteacher, Mrs Bernard, and was then shown around by a group of students. Mrs Bernard said: "We were very pleased to spend some time with Mr Brine and welcome the ...


04 NOV 2011

Opening Steve's Barbers in Oliver's Battery

Steve Brine popped along to Oliver's Battery on Friday 4th November to open a brand new barber shop. Owned by Steve Howe, who also owns a barbers in Southampton, the business was officially opened at 1pm with a photocall for the Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle, where Steve had a trim in the chai...


01 NOV 2011

Charlotte off to Colombia as a Human Rights Accompanier

A Winchester woman is leaving for Colombia on Tuesday 1st November to work with the US branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Charlotte Melly, of Teg Down, will be working in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, a small town in the northwest of Colombia, near the gulf of ...


28 OCT 2011

Visiting The Capitals

Steve Brine dropped in at Winchester City Football Club on Friday 28th October to meet some of the team and those backroom staff who really make it all run smoothly. He heard for himself about the exciting Soccer School at the Hillier Way venue, and with it being half term saw a number of youngster...


27 OCT 2011

MP opens Future of Winchester debate

Local MP Steve Brine opened the 'Future of Winchester' debate at the Theatre Royal on Thursday 27th October and called on all local councillors to work together and rise to the challenge of localism. The event, chaired by local businessman and former TV presenter Khalid Aziz, was organised by Winch...


27 OCT 2011

New online and telephone services will help local parents and families

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed an £11 million investment in new online and telephone services which will help to support parents and families. The Government is providing funding to eleven voluntary and community organisations to deliver a range of support includ...


26 OCT 2011

Steve Brine MP commends award-winning Winchester volunteer

Steve Brine MP has extended his congratulations to a local volunteer who has been rewarded for her hard work at the NCT Stars Awards. The awards celebrate the enthusiasm and dedication of those who make the charity's services available to parents and parents-to-be. Helen Fisher, from the Winchester...


22 OCT 2011

A visit to the Watercress Line

On Saturday 22nd October, the Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' played hosts to local MP's Steve Brine and Damian Hinds plus their families. As the 'Watercress Line' runs for a distance of 10 miles crossing the two constituencies represented by Steve and Damian, it was only fitting that both atten...


21 OCT 2011

Dropping in to Tesco for local schools

Steve Brine called into Tesco Winchester on Friday 21st October to see local schools receive fantastic new equipment thanks to the Tesco for Schools & Clubs Scheme. The scheme, now in its 20th year, enables UK schools and clubs to redeem vouchers from Tesco purchases for all sorts of amazing pr...


20 OCT 2011

Elderly visitor victim of 'sad' theft

Steve Brine has reacted with disappointment after learning an elderly Thai national has had £70,000 stolen while on a coach trip which stopped in Winchester on Wednesday 19th October. The octogenarian victim, who was travelling on a National Express coach which stopped at Winchester and South...


19 OCT 2011

Service marks 275th Anniversary of local hospital

Steve Brine attended a special service celebrating the 275th anniversary ofthe Royal Hampshire County Hospital on Tuesday 18th October at Winchester Cathedral. The celebration had a huge number of guests, and local dignitaries included the Dean, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, the High She...


17 OCT 2011

Opening of New Visitor Centre at HMP Winchester

Steve Brine cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Visitor Centre at HMP Winchester on Monday 17th October. Before cutting the ribbon, Steve said: "I know it is not always popular to spend money on prisons, especially in these straightened times, but we should remember it is very hard on families...


14 OCT 2011

Happy 25th Birthday Denplan!

Steve Brine visited Denplan in Winchester city centre on Friday 14th October, as they celebrated their 25th birthday. Founded in 1986, Winchester-based dental payment plan specialist Denplan has been marking 25 years of patient guidance and practice support by hosting company-wide celebrations. De...


14 OCT 2011

Brazilian environmentalists visit Winchester

Winchester Rotarians are this week hosting a group of Brazilian environmentalists on a fact finding mission to find out about environmental projects around the city. They visited the Itchen Navigation restoration and meeting academics from the University of Winchester Environmental Sciences departme...


13 OCT 2011

Steve Brine celebrates local charity champions

In the run-up to this year's national Trustees' Week, Steve Brine is thanking local charity trustees for their dedicated work in running local charities, and highlighting the benefits of becoming a charity trustee. There are 528 charities in Winchester, and they cover a wide range of activities and...


10 OCT 2011

Ten for Ten Armed Forces Day at Harestock Primary School

Ten for Ten Armed Forces Day at Harestock Primary School Winchester MP Steve Brine joined staff, parents and children at Harestock Primary School on Monday 10th October as the Armed Forces mark Red, White and Blue Day. Red, White and Blue Day was set up as part of Ten for Ten, a 10 day fundraising...


09 OCT 2011

Choral Mattins at Winchester Cathedral

Steve Brine joined a nost of dignitaries at Winchester Cathedral on Law Sunday 9th October, the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, for Choral Mattins. Those who attended the traditional service, celebrating the 650th Anniversary of the office of Justice of the Peace, included Her Majesty's Judges, Mag...


07 OCT 2011

Supporting the Samaritans

Steve dropped into to the Winchester Samaritans on Friday 7th October to meet the team and check out the work that they do. Based on Upper High Street, the Samaritans are open from 9.30 am to 10 pm every day of the year for those in need, and take over 44,000 calls, texts or visits each year in Win...


07 OCT 2011

Promoting reading at HMP Winchester

Steve Brine met with prisoners and members of the Shannon Trust on Friday 7th October, to learn more about the Toe By Toe reading programme for inmates. The Shannon Trust is a charity funded by charitable trusts and private donations, and sponsors the Toe By Toe Reading Plan in prisons and Young Of...


06 OCT 2011

Public police meeting held in Alresford

Steve Brine chaired a lively public meeting in Alresford on Wednesday 5th October, as local residents and police met to discuss policing in the town. Chief Inspector James Fulton and a number of his colleagues were asked a range of questions on matters including CCTV, training of PCSOs, the po...


05 OCT 2011

Leadership for a better Britain

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed David Cameron's 'personal' and 'determined' conference speech outlining his optimism and vision for the future on Wednesday 5th October. The Prime Minister used the keynote speech, delivered at the end of the 2011 annual conference in Manchester, to tell the confer...


04 OCT 2011

Induction of Revd Jonah Watts

Steve Brine attended the Service of Institution and Induction of Revd Jonah Watts in Twyford, on Tuesday 4th October. The Right Reverand Peter Hancock, Bishop of Basingstoke, carried out the ceremony, which was held at a packed St Mary the Virgin, before the event carried on to the Colden Common C...


03 OCT 2011

Council tax freeze extended for another year

Money to extend a council tax freeze in England to 2012-13 has been unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne. The government cannot force councils to freeze bills but it is offering to give those that limit spending rises to 2.5% the money they need. A similar pledge was included in the coalition agre...


30 SEP 2011

Passing out parade at Flowerdown

Steve Brine attending the passing out parade as new recruits came to the end of their initial six month's Army training at Sir John Moore Barracks, Flowerdown, on Friday 30th September. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP took in a tour of the barracks, before witnessing the parade and meeting ...


29 SEP 2011

Barton Farm - it's NO (again!)

Winchester MP Steve Brine gave his reaction today (Thursday 29 Sept) to the refusal of permission for houses on Barton Farm. Secretary of State Eric Pickles has decided to uphold Winchester City Council's decision from earlier this year and refuse CALA Homes permission to build on the controversial...


27 SEP 2011

Local MP delivers on Twyford 'summit'

Winchester MP Steve Brine held a top-level summit today (Tuesday 27 September) focused on traffic issues in the village of Twyford. The meeting delivered a key election pledge to villagers which the MP made before last year's General Election and brought an impressive group of people toge...


26 SEP 2011

Steve backs calls for action over IR35

Winchester MP Steve Brine is backing PCG, the voice of freelancing, as it calls on the Government to explain more clearly why IR35 was retained. This comes in light of HMRC's response to a freedom of information request which revealed IR35's recent tax yield and that only 322 cases have been examine...


26 SEP 2011

Celebrating the life of Margaret Kyrle

Steve Brine attended a packed celebration of the life of Margaret Kyrle OBE, held at The Point in Eastleigh on Monday 26th September 2011. Mrs Kyrle was Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council for four years from 1986, was Mayor of the Borough twice, and Mayoress in 1993-94. In March 2003, she was awar...


24 SEP 2011

Opening Sound Radio at Fresher's Fayre

Steve Brine joined students at the University of Winchester as he launched the exciting new Sound Radio at the annual Fresher's Fayre on Saturday 24th September. Sound Radio is the official radio station of the Student Union at the Uni, and Steve joined the Sound Radio team and Deputy Vic...


23 SEP 2011

Marwell snow leopard cub named revealed

You may remember that Marwell Zoo recently ran a competition for suggestions for the name of one of their new snow leopard cubs. Two people have now won a VIP trip around the zoo, having picked the name Kadhir, meaning 'Ray of Light'. A male cub, Kadhir joins his mum and sisters Kamala and Kitana, ...


23 SEP 2011

Street Surgery in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine joined local councillors in the Fryern Arcade as he held the final of his Summer Tour street surgeries on Friday 23rd September. Cllr Godfrey Olson and Cllr Judith Grajewski were on hand to discuss local matters with Steve and shoppers at the popular shopping arcade, and there was no sh...


23 SEP 2011

Charity single launched in Winchester

Why, Oh Why, a charity single that aims to raise money for Cancer Research, had its official launch on Thursday September 22nd at the Winchester Hotel, with assembled guests including local MP Steve Brine and the Mayor of Winchester, Barry Lipscomb. The single, written and performed by Karen Mann, ...


22 SEP 2011

Dodge for Africa

Steve Brine joined local students as they raised money for Unicef at a dodgeball event held at the University on Thursday 22nd September. The local MP was on hand as the University of Winchester dodgeball team were out in force raising money for the Horn of Africa, an appeal which is backed not onl...


22 SEP 2011

Giving Voice 2011

Steve Brine attended Giving Voice 2011 at Winchester hospital on Thursday 22nd September, an event dedicated to promoting speech therapy. Visiting with his wife Susie, herself a speech therapist, Steve listened to a short presentation from the adult speech therapy manager, before taking some time t...


22 SEP 2011

Local MP supports city centre residents

Steve Brine has joined residents of Parchment Street and Upper Brook Street as an association has been formed to combat the increasing number of takeaways in the area. At a public meeting on Friday 16th September, residents voted to set up the group as a means of tackling litter, anti-social behavi...


20 SEP 2011

Local Boginabag founder hits Dragons' Den

A Winchester entrepreneur is celebrating after her unique invention received a huge boost after appearing on BBC programme Dragons' Den. Kate Castle invented the Boginabag as a solution to an age-old problem, as it is a portable, foldaway seat which doubles as a toilet. Launched in May 2010, it ha...


19 SEP 2011

Alresford Bus Summit held

Winchester & Alresford MP Steve Brine chaired a working meeting today with key figures from the town, Stagecoach and Hampshire County Council to discuss the future of bus services into and out of New/Old Alresford. A wide range of proposed changes have been put forward by Stagecoach in an attem...


17 SEP 2011

Dr Who charity walk for Epiphany

Local MP Steve Brine dropped by at the King Alfred statue on the morning of Saturday 17th September to wave off a charity walk with a difference. Epiphany is a relatively young charity which is currently working to help street children in India, by building multi-purpose, eco-friendly centres in th...


16 SEP 2011

Launching 1-1 Recruitment on City Road

Steve Brine joined 1-1 Recruitment as the local company launched itself at its new City Road site. The business, owned by Winchester residents Helen and Jim Floor, has grown since 2000, and acquired new offices in Basingstoke, Fleet and Andover, before taking over P & D Employment in August. 1...


16 SEP 2011

MP's surgery with Twyford School Council

Steve Brine spent a lively Friday morning taking questions on a wide range of issues as he met pupils from the School Council at Twyford School. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was shown around by the Headmaster, Dr Steve Bailey, and fielded questions from members of the School Council on a...


15 SEP 2011

Prestigious faith and spirituality award for University

The University of Winchester is to receive the 2011 International Faith and Spirit at Work Award for showing a strong commitment to nurturing the faith and spirituality of its students and staff. The award is given each year to a hand-picked group of companies throughout the world, chosen by a Sele...


13 SEP 2011

How would boundary change proposals affect Winchester & Chandler's Ford?

The Boundary Commission has today (Tuesday 13th September) announced proposals that will seek to redraw constituencies in order to make them fairer, and give everyone's vote equal weight, wherever they live. Parliament asked the independent Commission to instigate the review to bring down the size ...


12 SEP 2011

A visit to Southern Cross Care Home in Chandler's Ford

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine paid a visit to a Southern Cross Care Home in Chandler's Ford as the organisation prepares to transfer ownership of its 752 care homes. The MP met with Managers, staff and residents at the home, on Winchester Road in Chandler's Ford, as news emerged t...


11 SEP 2011

Opening the Bighton Fete

Steve and his family spent the afternoon of Sunday 11th September at the Bighton Fete, just outside Alresford, as the village was blessed with sunshine. Amid recent rain, there had been fears that the fete would fall victim to much of the recent inclement weather we have been experiencing, but the ...


10 SEP 2011

High-level public police meeting in Alresford

Local MP Steve Brine is to chair a high-level meeting in Alresford (Weds 5 October 2011) focussing on policing in the town and surrounding villages. The meeting, which will also focus on the recent decision to move the Alresford Police Station, will give residents the chance to put questi...


10 SEP 2011

Oliver's Battery Fete

Steve Brine dropped into the very lively Oliver's Battery Fete on Saturday 10th September, as he was asked to hand out the prizes for the dog show. This was the second year running that Steve has attended the popular event as the local MP. Speaking afterwards, he said: "As a dog-lover, and proud ow...


09 SEP 2011

A visit to Caterpillar Hill

Steve Brine dropped into Caterpillar Hill in Chandler's Ford on Friday 9th September to meet the team at the 'first rate' children's centre. Caterpillar Children's Centre is a phase III children's centre which achieved full designation earlier this year and is based in the library in Chandler's For...


08 SEP 2011

Golden Lion in national garden competition success

A Winnall pub has won a prestigious nationwide competition that honours their very 'cheery, colourful' garden. The Golden Lion, run by Brid and Derek Phelan, won the National Best Pub Garden category of the Garden News Gardener of the Year competition, beating off competition from the Coach and Hor...


08 SEP 2011

MP to chair Alresford Police meeting

Local MP Steve Brine is to chair a high-level meeting in Alresford focussing on policing in the town surrounding villages. The meeting, which will also focus on the recent decision to move the Alresford Police Station, will give residents the chance to put questions directly to Chief Inspector Jame...


08 SEP 2011

Unicycling for the neo-natal unit at RHCH

Steve Brine has offered his congratulations after Alresford man Ben Wood joined friends in a unicycle ride for the neo-natal unit at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Ben rode the Itchen Way, from St Catherine's Hill to Woodmill in Southampton with Tim Dicker, Jody Wood and Alex Laidlaw, none of...


07 SEP 2011

Hampshire's Business Community Meets The Big Society

The Hampshire business community will have the opportunity to find out how they can create profit with purpose thanks to an exciting new event, Business and the Big Society. The conference takes place at Winchester Guildhall on the 13th of October and will demonstrate the commercial sense of engagin...


06 SEP 2011

Church trust sets ambitious fundraising target

Organisers of this year's Hampshire Ride and Stride are calling on cyclists and walkers to take part and help raise £50,000 to preserve the region's historic churches. The sponsored walk and cycle on Saturday 10th September 2011 is open to all local people who enjoy the outdoors and want to r...


06 SEP 2011

Introducing the new Bishop of Winchester

Downing Street has today announced that the next Bishop of Winchester will be the Revd Canon Tim Dakin. Bishop designate Tim, 53, who is currently head of the Church Mission Society, will be consecrated as the 97th Bishop of Winchester in January and assume the role in Spring 2012. As well as head...


05 SEP 2011

Students Create First Virtual Reality App

Two Chandler's Ford entrepreneurs have created an iPhone app with a difference as they seek to break further into the technology market. Adam Sideserf, 22, and Tom Millson, 20, came up with the Par-Tee app as a result of wanting to create a virtual golf course where 'golfers' look through the ...


02 SEP 2011

Intrepid walkers take on 34-mile charity challenge

A group of local business people (and one dog) plan take the idea of a 'sponsored walk for charity' to a new level next month when they attempt to walk 34 miles from Farnham to Winchester in a single day, from sunrise to sunset, on Saturday September 10th. The intrepid walkers will follow St Swithu...


01 SEP 2011

Winchester Heart Beat!

A fundraising event will take place on Thursday 22nd September to support 'The Big Donation' campaign at Winchester's British Heart Foundation Shop on the High Street. It is being organised by volunteers of the shop who were disgusted by the recent break in and burglary at the shop, and is being he...


01 SEP 2011

Summer surgery success in sunny Stanmore

Steve's Summer Tour continued in earnest as he took his surgery to Stanmore on the morning of Thursday 1st September. Joined by local councillor, Jamie Scott, the MP chatted to a number of people who had issues or concerns, or just wanted to take the opportunity to touch base. Speaking on his way ...


01 SEP 2011

Motocross public meeting in South Wonston

South Wonston Parish Council has called a Public Meeting to discuss the new Motocross planning application to allow use as a permanent site for motocross and other activities at Three Maids Hill. The meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday 6th September 2011 at South Wonston Village Hall. Local MP Steve Brin...


31 AUG 2011

Secretary of State opens Council's solar energy scheme

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed Eastleigh Borough Council's new Solar Energy Scheme at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, which has been opened by Cabinet Minister for Energy & Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP. The Council has installed 288 Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of the leisu...


30 AUG 2011

MP drops into 4C's cafe in Colden Common

Local MP Steve Brine enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of homemade apple pie today as he dropped in on the 4C's Cafe at Colden Common Community Centre. Steve was in the village as part of his Summer Tour 2011 which is taking him and his team across the constituency.  The MP spent much of the af...


29 AUG 2011

In Ye Easton Stocks at the Easton village fete

Steve and his young family spent the Bank Holiday among hundreds of local people at the annual, and very successful, Easton village fete. Among those attending included the BBC's Robert Hall, who compered the event, and Roger Johnson. On a rare dry afternoon, Steve took his turn in Ye Easton Stocks...


26 AUG 2011

Steve delivers on his promise to Mountbatten Court

Winchester MP Steve Brine held a special surgery at Mountbatten Court on Andover Road today fulfilling a promise he made to residents during last year's General Election campaign. Steve was joined by St Barnabas Ward city councillor Eileen Berry for the two-hour session (on Friday 26 August 2011) w...


26 AUG 2011

Suggest a name for Marwell snow leopard

Marwell Zoo is challenging local youngsters to come up with a name for their latest arrival. Three snow leopards have just been born, and while they have named two of the cubs Kamala and Kitana, they want youngsters' suggestions for the third, a male. The lucky winner will recieve a behind the sce...


23 AUG 2011

Trust seeks views on maternity services

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust are asking local women what they want from a maternity service. The Trust will be holding a formal public consultation about the future of maternity services across their catchment area. The Trust currently runs the maternity unit at the Royal Hampshir...


23 AUG 2011

Warning over health card renewals

Local MP Steve Brine has taken up the matter of inappropriate charging for the renewal of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after a number of constituents raised the alarm. The Government provides an application service for insurance card renewals free of charge, but some websites have been...


23 AUG 2011

Addressing the Rotary Dinner

Steve Brine attended a Rotary dinner at the Royal Hotel in Winchester on the evening of Monday 22nd August. Over 70 guests participated in the occasion, which is strictly non-political, and following dinner and some Rotary business, they settled back to hear the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP ...


22 AUG 2011

Winchester to get a Fuzzi feeling

A new shop opening in Winchester this September will give customers a warm and 'Fuzzi' feeling. Fuzzi will be one of very few high street shops to sell purely ethical products and also give something back to the local community. Opening in Parchment Street on September 10th, Fuzzi will stock local...


18 AUG 2011

MP comments on 'unwelcome' train fare increase

Steve Brine has criticised the announcement that commuters are to be hit with an 8% rise in ticket prices. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a regular commuter himself, commented that local rail passengers were already forced to pay extremely high fares to use the service. He said: "...


18 AUG 2011

Local MP 'crystal clear' on riots and opportunity

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has spoken of a Government opportunity after last week's riots which affected thousands of people across the country. Writing in the Hampshire Chronicle, he explained that although his constituency was spared the violence, his constituents were not un...


18 AUG 2011

A34 roadworks in September

The A34 trunk road from Winnall to Bullington Cross is set for a series of closures as roadworks will take place renewing the white lines. Taking place between Monday 19th September and Monday 26th September, the road will be closed for six week nights. The renewal of the white lining is weather-de...


17 AUG 2011

Shapla highly commended in national Tiffin Cup

Local MP Steve Brine met up with staff at Alresford's Shapla restaurant to present a 'highly commended' certificate and commemorative chef's jacket after their success in the Tiffin Cup. The competition, run by a cross-party group in Parliament, celebrates the very best of south-east Asian cuisine ...


16 AUG 2011

MP holds special Winnall surgery

Winchester MP Steve Brine held a special constituency surgery on the Winnall estate on Tuesday 16 August. The event was part of Steve's Summer Tour 2011 which is taking the MP's surgery and canvass team out across the area during August and September. The Winnall event was held at the Winnall Comm...


12 AUG 2011

Steve's Summer Tour starts ... in Alresford

Steve Brine's Summer 2011 Tour kicked off today (12 August) and it was off to Alresford for a special open surgery, held with popular local councillor Ernie Jeffs. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is holding surgeries across the area during August and September and embarking on a bit of seas...


11 AUG 2011

Boomtown Festival at Matterley Bowl

Ahead of the Boomtown Festival being held at Matterley Bowl this weekend, should residents have any enquiries and concerns, there are a variety of contact numbers, which will allow Winchester City Council to monitor the effect of any noise on local people. To contact the site, call 01962 867944. T...


09 AUG 2011

London Riots- An update from Steve Brine MP

Steve Brine has expressed his 'shock, horror and deep anger' as riots continue across London and a number of provincial cities. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP released a statement following a press conference given by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who returned early from holiday to de...


09 AUG 2011

Community Support Card in Alresford

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is backing a scheme run by The Southern Co-operative which donates money to local good causes. Steve has been asked to join the panel which will choose the next recipients of the Community Support Card scheme, who will receive funds every time someone...


08 AUG 2011

Concern over septic tank registration

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has acted after worried constituents approached him concerned about the compulsory registration of septic tanks. As things stand, owners may be fined if they have failed to register their tank, but there has been frustration that this has not been pub...


07 AUG 2011

Cycling for Prostate Cancer- Tour Ride 2011

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is backing this year's Tour Ride, a cycling event raising money for research into prostate cancer. A member of the All-Party Cycling Group, Steve was delighted to receive a letter from one of the participants, Dr Ilan Baron, asking to help promote the...


02 AUG 2011

Urgent- East Africa Crisis Appeal

More than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Somalia and due to the drought and conflict...


26 JUL 2011

Steve's Summer Tour 2011

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, has published details of his Summer Tour taking place during August and September. The MP will be taking his constituency surgery out of Winchester into various locations across his constituency, which spans a large area from Alresford to Chandler's...


24 JUL 2011

B.A.B.I.E.S future now secure

Local MP Steve Brine has expressed his delight that the B.A.B.I.E.S (Babies and Breastfeeding Information Encouragement and Support) service is set to continue for at least another year after some very successful fundraising. B.A.B.I.E.S provides free breastfeeding support and help to all new mothe...


23 JUL 2011

St Luke's Parish Fete 50th Anniversary

Local MP Steve Brine dropped in to Stanmore on Friday 22nd July to say a few words as the St Luke's Parish Church held a special fete. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church, and the forming of the parish, and retains local support from across the whole community. Ste...


22 JUL 2011

A visit to Nuffield Wessex Hospital in Chandler's Ford

Local MP Steve Brine dropped in to see the team at Nuffield Wessex Hospital on Winchester Road on Friday 22nd July. Steve spoke at length with General Manager Simon Shepherd on a number of issues, including Government health reforms and Nuffield's work as part of the local health economy. Steve wa...


22 JUL 2011

MP chairs packed crossing meeting in St Cross

Local MP Steve Brine chaired a packed meeting at St Faith's Primary School on Thursday 21st July as around 100 residents discussed the ongoing issue of a safe crossing on the junction of St Cross Road and Stanmore Lane. Residents are concerned that dozens of local children cross the road at that ju...


21 JUL 2011

MP welcomes Sir John Moore Barracks news

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Sir John Moore Barracks, to the north of the city, are to be saved. Steve wrote to Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey over an MoD review of training requirements which effectively meant a straight choice between the Flowerdown barracks and a base ...


17 JUL 2011

Out and About for Brendoncare

Steve Brine joined more than 100 well wishers as they showed their support for older people by taking part in Out & About for Brendoncare, the care charity's sponsored four mile walk in Winchester on Sunday July 17th. The event raised over £12,000 and saw a range of participants including...


15 JUL 2011

New look for Winchester Churches Night Shelter

Steve Brine MP attended the official re-opening of part of Winchester Night Shelter as extensive building work has now been completed. Joining Cllr Jamie Scott and the deputy mayor amongst others, WNS Patron Baroness Thomas of Winchester conducted the re-opening in front of assembled guests, staff ...


15 JUL 2011

WI exhibition shows wartime role of women

Steve dropped into a new exhibition at the Green Jackets (Rifles) museum at Peninsula Barracks on Friday 15th July to take a look at the vital work that ordinary women carried out during the Second World War. The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, opened the show by encouraging young pe...


15 JUL 2011

A visit to Westgate School

Steve took some time on Friday 15th July to drop into Westgate School in Fulflood to meet with the new headteacher and take a tour of the site. Westgate is a mixed comprehensive for 11-16 year olds, and consistently achieves excellent results. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP discussed a nu...


14 JUL 2011

MP to chair talks as residents urge safety crossing in St Cross

City MP Steve Brine is to chair a public meeting on 21st July as a proposal to install a safety crossing on St Cross Rd is considered by the county council. Taking place at 7pm at St Faith's School, Steve will broker talks between Hampshire transport officers and local residents, many of whom ...


13 JUL 2011

Good news for Hockley Viaduct cyclists

Steve Brine has reacted with delight at news that Winchester City Council has released £500,000 to develop the Hockley Viaduct into a cycle path. The viaduct is 120 years old, and the council has also set aside a further £450,000 to assist with the project. Route 23 is part of the Nati...


13 JUL 2011

Warm welcome for decision to cancel abandonment of cheques

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Payments Council has announced that cheques will continue for as long as customers need them, and the target for possible closure of the cheque clearing in 2018 has been scrapped. Speaking on Tuesday 12th July, Richard North...


12 JUL 2011

Stanmore HMOs- Consultation launched

Winchester City Council has launched a consultation to seek views on the proposal to implement an Additional Licensing Scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Stanmore. Residents, landlords, businesses and other interested parties are invited to comment between 1st July – 31st Octob...


10 JUL 2011

B.A.B.I.E.S. Buggy Grand Prix

Winchester's charity buggy grand prix and summer fete on Sunday 10th July raised a whopping £8500 for the National Childbirth Trust's B.A.B.I.E.S appeal, the support service for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. In a hotly contested buggy push event, George Hide (with son Dougie) r...


10 JUL 2011

Itchen Valley Flower Show 2011

Steve Brine squeezed in a visit to the Itchen Valley Flower Show on Saturday 9th July, and was delighted to present the prizes. The flower, produce and craft show has been an annual event for around 50 years, and many local people from across the Itchen Valley take part in the social summer occasio...


10 JUL 2011

30th Anniversary for Winchester Health & Fun Club

Steve Brine joined members of the Winchester Health & Fun Club as they celebrated 30 years with a special anniversary dinner on Saturday 9th July. The Winchester Health & Fun Club is a non completive sports & leisure club for the over 50s, with an emphasis on keeping healthy by playing ...


09 JUL 2011

Minister joins Steve at local garden party

International Security Strategy Minister, and Aldershot MP, Gerald Howarth, and his wife Lizzie, joined Steve Brine and local Conservative members at a garden party in Compton. Blessed with decent weather, guests heard the Mr Howarth discuss a number of issues, including his role as Minister at the...


08 JUL 2011

MP discusses merger and new stroke unit at RHCH

Steve Brine visited staff at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital on 8th July to discuss a wide range of topics with CEO Dr Chris Gordon. As well as discussing the ongoing merger plans, Steve visited the new £250,000 Hyper Acute Stroke Unit which has just been unveiled. Since the mee...


08 JUL 2011

Remarkable visit for Jeccdo

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine dropped in on Remarkable on Friday lunchtime, as the local PR agency met with the CEO of an Ethiopian charity. Mulegata Gebru was visiting from the Eastern African country to promote Jeccdo, a charity that as an indigenous, non-governmental, humanitar...


08 JUL 2011

FSB Business visit to Reflex Winchester

Steve Brine visited Reflex at the bottom of the High Street on Friday 8th July as he took part in the Federation of Small Business 'Meet the Members' day. The FSB organised the day across the country, and a number of MPs were out dropping into local shops. Following Steve's visit, he said: "I had ...


08 JUL 2011

Opening of Winchester Jobs Club

Steve dropped into Winnall Community Centre for the opening of Winchester Jobs Club on Friday 8th July. Organisers Sarah Culverhouse and Candice Cutler joined with other volunteers to give the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP the lowdown on why they have set up Winchester Jobs Club, and Steve al...


05 JUL 2011

South West Trains- Update on June 'chaos'

Following a week of chaos on the London Waterloo – Winchester line in early June 2011, Steve Brine MP wrote to SWT on behalf of thousands of upset and severely inconvenienced local commuters. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is now pleased to learn that SWT have announced that passenger...


05 JUL 2011

Taking Winchester to the heart of Government

Steve Brine has led a local delegation to discuss the Government's "Green Deal" policy in Westminster. Rob Veck (Colden Common) and Peter Richardson (Winchester) are leading a new organisation called 'Green Win' which is part of the Winchester City Council Climate Change Programme. It has been esta...


04 JUL 2011

Steve opens the Sparsholt fete

Steve Brine was on hand on Saturday afternoon to formally open this year's Sparsholt fete, as organisers and local residents enjoyed the summer sunshine. Also dropping into Sparsholt Manor was Winchester's new Mayor, Barry Lipscomb. As well as saying a few words to welcome everyone to the annual e...


04 JUL 2011

Supporting National Childhood Obesity Week

Steve Brine is pleased to be supporting National Childhood Obesity Week 2011, which is running between 4th and 10th July. Obesity is one of the most serious health epidemics facing our society today with 1 in 3 children currently overweight or obese in the UK, and the local MP is joining forces wit...


04 JUL 2011

Dropping into the Hat Fair

Steve and the family dropped into the Hat Fair on Saturday 2nd July as the city centre was packed with street performers and various stalls. Thousands hit the streets around the High Street and the Broadway, before the show moved up to Oram's Arbour for the traditional picnic. Steve said: "We saw ...


03 JUL 2011

Winchester golf club supports local epilepsy charity

South Winchester Golf Club presented a cheque for over £13,000 to national charity Epilepsy Action on Saturday 2nd July. Local MP Steve Brine presented the cheque to Mark McDaid, local services manager for the south west at Epilepsy Action, on behalf of the golf club. The club has been fundr...


01 JUL 2011

Joy as University Vice Chancellor announced as Vice-Chair of GuildHE

Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester, has been elected Vice-Chair of the higher education representative body, GuildHE. Professor Carter, who has served on the GuildHe Executive since September 2009, said: "I'm delighted to become Vice-Chair of GuildHE. GuildHE is a...


01 JUL 2011

Friday surgery at a very busy Hilt

Steve Brine held one of his regular constituency surgeries in Chandler's Ford on the morning of Friday 1st July, as tennis-mania hit The Hilt. Inspired by the likes of Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova, the tennis courts at the community centre were packed as local residents enjoyed a mor...


30 JUN 2011

Pitt Manor Appeal Inquiry Postponed

The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the inquiry into the appeal over development at Pitt Manor has been postponed while a decision from the Secretary of State over Barton Farm is pending. The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, is due to make a decision over the future of Barton Farm over th...


30 JUN 2011

Blueprint for Winchester- Plans for Places launched

Winchester City Council has launched the next stage of consultation about what development we should plan for over the next two decades. Following the Blueprint exercise, where communities from across the district told WCC how they wanted housing, employment and community facilities to be provided ...


28 JUN 2011

Trinity fundraiser at Miff's Bangkok Brasserie

Bangkok Brasserie is holding a fundraising dinner for local homeless charity Trinity Winchester on Tuesday 5th July. The organisation has seen a 59% increase in people accessing its services in the last year, and a spokesman was 'thrilled' that Bangkok Brasserie are hosting the dinner. For £...


28 JUN 2011

Local Traffic: M3 maintenance and closures

The Highways Agency has announced they will be undertaking work on both sides of the M3 between July and August 2011. Repairs to white lines and road studs will take place between 10pm-6am, and traffic management will be in force, with mobile lane closures enforcing a 10mph speed limit through work...


27 JUN 2011

Zena's Naomi House Great Wall of China trek

Steve Brine is backing a Highcliffe carer as she plans to walk along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Naomi House. As part of her 50th birthday celebrations, Zena Hancock plans to trek 120km along the Wall in October, and is busy working with local partners to turn the dream into reality....


27 JUN 2011

Shapla 'highly commended' in 2011 Tiffin Cup

Alresford restaurant Shapla has received a Highly Commended award from judges in this year's Lyca Tiffin Cup, a competition run by MPs to celebrate South-East Asian cuisine. Although the popular eaterie didn't quite make the Grand Final, where 12 restaurants from across the UK will compete in a coo...


24 JUN 2011

Steve Brine welcomes Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June

In advance of Armed Forces Day 2011, Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has taken the opportunity to say thank you to all those that are serving in the Armed Forces, their families, veterans and cadets. Encouraging everyone to show their support on the day, he said: "Armed Forces Day i...


24 JUN 2011

Steve Brine 'crystal clear' as Have a Heart motion is passed in Commons

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine spoke in the Commons debate he helped organise as the Have a Heart campaign took another step forward. Following the delivery of a petition to Downing Street the previous day, local MPs of all colours united in speaking up to save children's heart sur...


23 JUN 2011

Downing Street, Have a Heart: 232k-signature petition delivered

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined local campaigners from across the south in delivering a whopping petition to David Cameron. On a very wet Wednesday 22nd June, and led by youngsters Aaron Porter and Oliver Diaper, they wheeled 232,733 signatures asking the PM to step in to sav...


22 JUN 2011

Superfast broadband to give 'real boost' to local economy

Steve Brine met the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week to press the case for funding superfast broadband in Winchester & Chandler's Ford. The Government has announced it is investing £530 million to deliver its promise of rolling out superfast broadband across the country. Funding al...


18 JUN 2011

Winchester Cycle Cavalcade 2011

Steve Brine joined local cyclists in Winchester city centre on Saturday 18th June for the annual Cycle Cavalcade around town. Joining the procession for the second year running, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP launched the event to the sound of St Cross bells at 11am. Speaking afterwards, ...


18 JUN 2011

MP opens the Hursley Fete

Steve joined hundreds of local residents as he opened the action-packed Hursley Fete on Saturday 18th June. There were activities galore, such as Bat the Rat, Throw the Horseshoe, facepainting and a bouncy castle, as well a live Chainsaw Carving display and a popular beer tent. Steve said: "I was ...


18 JUN 2011

JLS concert

Winchester MP Steve Brine is calling for an urgent enquiry into what went so badly wrong at last night's JLS/Olly Murrs concert near Winchester. The MP says he wants to see organisers and local police around one table as soon as possible to explain how the event, held at the Matterley Bowl, descend...


17 JUN 2011

Steve holds special Carers Week surgery

Steve Brine joined Chandler's Ford carers in Eastleigh as he held a special carers surgery to mark Carers Week. Joining One Community at their Carers Centre in Wells Place, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP heard how the organisation supports over 500 carers across the Borough of Eastleigh, i...


17 JUN 2011

Sir Henry Leach 1923-2011

Friends, family and colleagues of Sir Henry Leach will gather for a memorial service at Winchester Cathedral today, to remember the life of one the Navy's most respected figures. Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Henry, who lived in Wonston for many years, was central to Margaret Thatcher's decision to reg...


16 JUN 2011

Steve secures Commons debate on children's heart surgery

Steve Brine has secured a three-hour debate in the House of Commons to discuss the future of children's heart surgery. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was part of a cross-party group of MPs who successfully appealed to the new Backbench Business Committee for a debate about the Safe & S...


14 JUN 2011

Winchester Business Excellence Awards

Winchester's top businesses came together on Friday 10th June to celebrate their success at the annual Winchester Business Excellence Awards. Joined by a host of dignitaries, including Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, a host of awards were given out in a number of categories on the ...


13 JUN 2011

It's Diabetes Week

One million people across the UK could be risking their health and experiencing emotional distress by keeping their diabetes secret. This week, 12th-18th June, is Diabetes Week, and Diabetes UK is aiming to raise £200,000 to expand its Careline service, which provides information and support ...


12 JUN 2011

Local MP starts Race for Life Winchester

Thousands of Winchester ladies took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Bar End's Garrison Ground on Sunday 12th June. The torrential rain did nothing to quell the atmosphere as after two warm-ups and a minute's silence, Winchester MP Steve Brine, co-chair of the All-Party Breast Cancer...


11 JUN 2011

Steve sees new 'eco' camping pods

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine visited the Two Hoots Campsite on Saturday 11th June, to join in the opening of three Eco-friendly camping pods. The pods, the use of which has coined the phrase 'glamping', are insulated with sheep's wool, and have a specially-designed foil that regu...


10 JUN 2011

Local youngsters recognised at Dyslexia Action awards

A group of local children won a host of prizes at Winchester Dyslexia Action Centre on Friday 10th June as they were rewarded for their work in overcoming dyslexia. Local MP Steve Brine was on hand to present the youngsters with certificates and pencil sets at the centre, which offers specialist he...


10 JUN 2011

Winchester Primary Schools Swimming Gala

Steve spent the morning of Friday 10th June with 250 parents and children from schools across the district at the 2011 Primary Schools Gala, hosted by Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club at River Park Leisure Centre. For the second year running, Steve presented awards and said a few words as the...


10 JUN 2011

The Harey Bike Ride

Experienced cyclist Steve Brine has welcomed the latest publication of a cycle safety picture book for children. The latest title in the DangerSpot series, 'The Dangerous Road Game', features Harey and his friends as they go off riding on their bikes. Unfortunately, Harey doesn't obey the Highway C...


10 JUN 2011

Winchester among greenest UK universities

The University of Winchester has won a top award this week as the People & Planet Green League placed it 22nd out of 142 British campuses. The Green League is the only league table showing environmental performance of British universities. Areas which improved at the University of Winchester th...


09 JUN 2011

Local police stations set to close

Steve Brine has spoken of his sadness as Hampshire Constabulary have announced that to local police stations are set to close. The sites at Alresford and Twyford are among 18 stations across the county that will shut in the next six years following a review by police chiefs. There is also an indic...


05 JUN 2011

One Big Table- Festival of Volunteering

Steve and the family joined up with a host of local voluntary organisations and charities at the One Big Table event, held in Outer Cathedral Close on Sunday 5th June. Organised by Winchester Area Community Action (WACA), Business Improvement District (BiD), CultureNet, the University of Winchester...


04 JUN 2011

A family afternoon in East Stratton

Steve dropped in to the East Stratton on Saturday afternoon, as Winchester's new mayor, Barry Lipscomb, did the honours opening the annual fete. The entire Brine family were out in force, and joined in the fun as everyone enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine. Steve was able to cool down as, in what is swi...


04 JUN 2011

Steve 'waves off' Gurkhas en route to National Festival

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined a gathering at King Alfred's Statue on the morning of Saturday 4th June to wave off a coachload of members of the Eastleigh Gurkha Association as they travelled to Aldershot for a Nepalese festival. Joined by young Emily, the MP wanted to show ...


03 JUN 2011

Race for Life- Sunday 12th June

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined Cancer Research campaigners and cancer survivors at a pre-publicity event for next week's Race for Life. The photocall, which was held at the Garrison Ground in Bar End, will drum up further publicity for the annual race, sponsored by Tesco, where thousands of women...


03 JUN 2011

BBC Countryfile nomination for Winnall Moors

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is backing a local nature reserve as it has been nominated in the first ever annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. The Heritage Lottery funded project at Winnall Moors Nature Reserve recently featured on one of the popular programmes. The Hampshire ...


02 JUN 2011

Terrie on the Wall

Weeke resident Terrie Tierling has just returned from an inspiring trek along the route of Hadrian's Wall in aid of Naomi House. Terrie, an ex Warrant Officer in the Army, joined work colleagues from Egton Medical Information Systems who were raising money for their chosen charities. So far Te...


31 MAY 2011

MP visits 'fascinating' arqiva HQ in Crawley

Winchester MP Steve Brine spent a morning visiting Arqiva, a communications infrastructure and media services company, based in the picturesque village of Crawley. The company, which employs over 2000 people in 80 locations, is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world...


30 MAY 2011

A storming Kings Worthy Fete

Steve Brine and his young family attended the Kings Worthy Fete today (Sunday 30 May) and the MP did the honours by opening the annual event, held on Church Green in the village. The heavens opened as the fete got underway but the crowds were undeterred and happily spent their money to raise funds ...


27 MAY 2011

MP supports campaign to 'Give Carers a Break'

Despite the Government's announcement in November 2010 that £400m would be made available to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to pay for breaks for adult and young carers, the country's six million carers fear that they will not get the breaks they desperately need if PCTs are not held to account. ...


26 MAY 2011

One Big Table

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering and Steve Brine is joining local organisations including CultureNet, Winchester Area Community Action (WACA), the University of Winchester and Winchester Business Improvement District in presenting an exciting new joint venture for Winchester District. In t...


24 MAY 2011

'Good news' on mixed-sex wards

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Royal Hampshire County Hospital is taking major steps to get rid of mixed-sex wards, after the Government pledged to stop the practice where it has no clinical justification. Last year there were over 450 cases of patients being put in mixed-sex ...


24 MAY 2011

Small grants for charitable and voluntary groups

Winchester City Council's 2011/2012 Small Grant Scheme is now open for applications. A total of £9,000 is available for activities and projects during 2011-2012. Grants of up to £500 are available to all charitable community and voluntary groups, but applicants should note that priority...


23 MAY 2011

Shapla reach Lyca Tiffin Cup 2011 Regional Final

Alresford's very own Shapla has won a place in the Regional Final of the prestigious Tiffin Cup, a national competition held annually to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. The restaurant is one of 60 nationwide to be in contention for the prize, which is presented after a Grand Fi...


23 MAY 2011

Save Children's Heart Surgery in Southampton

Steve Brine is urging his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituents to make their voices heard this week in the battle to save children's heart surgery in Southampton. The MP has led calls among local MPs to protect the unit at Southampton General Hospital. He has hosted a number of meetings fo...


23 MAY 2011

New Conservative administration scraps Sunday charging

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news the new Conservative administration at Winchester City Council has scrapped Sunday parking charges in the city. Within days of taking control of Winchester City Council, following the local elections held on May 5th, Sunday car parki...


20 MAY 2011

Paying a visit to Henry Beaufort School

Winchester MP Steve Brine paid a visit to Henry Beaufort School on Friday 20th May to meet new Headteacher Sue Hearle and pupils. The MP discussed issues around the English Baccalaureate, the schools use of BTEC qualifications as part of curriculum personalisation and any future application for Aca...


20 MAY 2011

Steve calls for greater recognition for six million carers

Steve Brine has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year's Carers Week (13-19 June) and recognise the contribution made by those people in Winchester & Chandler's Ford and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The theme for Ca...


19 MAY 2011

Conservatives back in charge at City Council

Winchester Conservatives are back in control of Winchester City Council following local elections held on 5th May. They won seats across the District and will now form a new administration following the annual meeting of the council on Wednesday 18th May 2011. Conservatives won 11 of the 19 seats u...


19 MAY 2011

Welcome for income tax cut for lower paid

New figures show that the Government has cut income tax for 3,040,000 people across the South East, resulting in 98,000 of the lowest paid being taken out of tax altogether. Across the country, 22.6 million people have had an income tax cut worth £200 this year, and 830,000 have been taken out...


13 MAY 2011

Winchester Hospital Radio interview MP

Steve Brine hosted Anna and Nigel from Winchester Hospital Radio as they took part in a series of pre-recorded interviews ready for Volunteering Week. The session took place on Friday 13th May after Steve had hosted his regularly packed Friday constituency surgery. Steve said: "I'm always delighte...


13 MAY 2011

The future of cheques for local customers and charities

Steve Brine has welcomed commitments that suitable alternatives for all customers must be found before cheques are phased out towards the end of the decade. The use of cheques has been falling for many years and this is expected to continue. In light of this the Payments Council (an industry body t...


11 MAY 2011

Meeting with Hampshire Police Federation

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined his fellow Hampshire MPs as they met representatives from the Hampshire Police Federation on Tuesday 10th May. They discussed a wide range of issues where county police officers have concerns, and listened carefully to views on the Winsor Revie...


06 MAY 2011

MP welcomes election day outcome

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has congratulated local Conservatives who took contol of the city council following elections held on Thursday 5 May 2011.  He also said he was 'delighted' with the result of the AV referendum. Winchester City Council emerges from one of the most...


03 MAY 2011

All the May Day fun of the fayre

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine and his family joined hundreds at Cranbury Park in Otterbourne on Monday 2nd May for a packed afternoon of May Day fun. Hosted with kind permission from Major and Mrs Chamberlayne-MacDonald, all profits from the afternoon went to the local St Matthew'...


27 APR 2011

Official opening of Winchester's new fire station

Winchester Fire Station was officially opened today, Wednesday 27 April 2011 and city MP Steve Brine was there to celebrate with the team. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan opened the brand new facility before an invited audience of over 150 guests when she unveiled a plaque marking ...


26 APR 2011

Dying Matters

Steve Brine has welcomed news that RHCH is backing Dying Matters week, which will run from May 16th-22nd 2011. Without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family. Dying peopl...


26 APR 2011

Steve joins NO2AV in Winchester

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined NO2AV activists as the referendum campaign on the way we vote hit the city centre on Tuesday 26th April. The nationwide referendum is being held on 5th May asking voters whether they would like to stick with first past the post or move to the Alternative Vote system...


20 APR 2011

The Worthys Festival- Tesco cash boost

Steve joined inaugural Worthys Festival organisers in celebrating after the Winchester MP secured a whopping £1000 grant from Tesco to help fund the event. The festival, which is a joint venture between Kings Worthy, Headbourne Worthy and Abbott's Worthy is due to take place in mid-September,...


18 APR 2011

'Cruel blow' for Bendicks workforce as production ends in July

Winchester MP Steve Brine has pledged to do everything possible to support constituents who have lost their jobs as Storck confirm Bendicks will cease manufacturing production in Winnall. Storck Managing Director Thomas Huber said: "This difficult decision has been driven by commercial reality. Des...


18 APR 2011

Steve welcomes new 'Pupil Premium'

Steve Brine has welcomed new figures which show that disadvantaged children in Winchester are set to receive £421,185 this year under the Coalition government's new 'pupil premium'. The pupil premium is a new policy promised by both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats before the gener...


18 APR 2011

Rock the Park for Help for Heroes

Queen Elizabeth Country Park will be rocking this summer to the sound of some of the top bands from the South, with a few world famous musicians thrown in for good measure. Rock the Park 2011 will take place on the 23rd and 24th July and offers everything you would expect from a Top Class Music Fes...


17 APR 2011

Inside help for Hospital's outside space

Inmates from Winchester Prison have helped the Royal Hampshire County Hospital turn a patch of unused ground into a beautiful garden. This transformation is the latest success in the partnership between the prison and the hospital. The Romsey Road organisations have enjoyed a period of mutual suppo...


15 APR 2011

Steve visits the MS Society at Hobbs Rehabilitation

Steve discussed MS Specialist Physiotherapy with members of the MS Society who have multiple sclerosis (MS) themselves, and representatives from Hobbs Rehabilitation in Martyr Worthy, on Friday 15th April. A referral service for patients requiring MS Specialist Physiotherapy was available locally f...


14 APR 2011

Superfast broadband - getting Hampshire connected

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is strongly backing a bid to bring superfast broadband to rural Hampshire. Although one million Hampshire residents in urban areas currently stand to get superfast broadband by 2015, vast swathes of Hampshire, including so-called broadband 'not spot...


12 APR 2011

Steve meets local Parkinsons group in King's Worthy

Winchester MP Steve Brine recently met up with the local Parkinsons branch as they held one of their meetings at Tubbs Hall in King's Worthy on Tuesday 12th April. Steve, who is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for Parkinsons, discussed a range of issues, including access to services and the work ...


12 APR 2011

Winchester Fashion Week 2011

Winchester MP Steve Brine met up with organisers of Winchester's inaugural Fashion Week at his constituency office on Tuesday 12th April, as the event moves ever closer. Running from 25th-31st July, many local businesses and professionals have already pledged support for the event, which will host ...


10 APR 2011

Supporting The Alresford Pigs Association

Steve Brine joined members of The Alresford Pig Association as they did a spot of fundraising outside their local Co-op on Saturday 9th April.The Winchester MP was delighted to join the team as they also said a thank you to Co-op customers.‘Chair Pig’ Robert Sanders takes up the story: &...


08 APR 2011

Launch of Winchester Festival 2011

Steve took some time out of his packed schedule to drop into the launch of Winchester Festival 2011 at the historic Guildhall building on 8th April. Sponsored by, among others, Rathbone Investment Management and Arqiva, the Festival will run from 1st-10th July. With Festival President Dame Judi D...


08 APR 2011

Motocross decision a 'stay of execution'?

Steve Brine has joined councillors and residents in reacting with concern at the manner in which the motocross planning application has been turned down.Noise from the Three Maids Hill motocross site, near Headbourne Worthy, has blighted the lives of residents across northern Winchester and the surr...


06 APR 2011

Apprenticeships revival discussed at business breakfast

Winchester MP Steve Brine spoke at Basepoint in Winnall to highlight the effectiveness of apprenticeships on Wednesday 6th April. During a ten-minute speech, the MP told of the need to engage with young people, and mentioned Government plans to increase the number of apprentices across the countr...


04 APR 2011

Delight at Help for Heroes cake sale

Winchester MP Steve Brine has congratulated organisers of a cake sale held last Saturday after they raised over £5000 for Help for Heroes! The fourth annual Help for Heroes Colossal Cake Sale was held at the Brooks Centre and St Maurice’s Covert and sold over one thousand cakes- inclu...


01 APR 2011

LYLAC visit Steve to discuss after-cancer support

Steve met life coaches Jo Lee and Isabel van der Ven at his office on Friday 1st April to discuss LYLAC, an after-cancer support programme they have recently founded. Happily, due to earlier detection, better treatment and higher awareness, more people are surviving cancer today. As a result, the...


01 APR 2011

50 Fabulously Fun Family Days Out

Winchester MP Steve Brine recently met two local ladies with a "fabulous" idea to help parents and children share the secrets of their best days out. 50 Fabulously Fun Family Days Out is a comprehensive guide to family days out in and around Hampshire, all of which are affordable or free. Compil...


01 APR 2011

MP joins Mervyn King at opening of Winchester Business School

  Steve Brine joined Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King at the University of Winchester on Friday 1st April for the opening of Winchester Business School. Leading members of Hampshire’s business community also joined Professor King, who also chairs the Monetary Policy Committee...


30 MAR 2011

Steve joins South Wonston residents in Commons

Steve Brine was delighted to meet a group of South Wonston residents as they took a tour of the House on Wednesday 30th March.The thirty-strong group, led by Sheila Philips, met the Winchester MP in the morning, and took in all the atmosphere and history of the ancient Palaces of Westminster.After t...


29 MAR 2011

Steve welcomes Hospital Broadcasting Week

Winchester MP, and former broadcaster, Steve Brine is delighted that Winchester Hospital Radio is celebrating Hospital Radio Week, running from 26th March until 2nd April.Winchester Hospital Radio (WHR) is a registered charity (No. 290553), and is based at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) ...


28 MAR 2011

A local eco-home

Steve spent some time at the home of a local green pioneer on Saturday 26th March to see for himself the dramatic work carried out on the property. The home, in Piping Close in Colden Common, has been comprehensively redesigned by Rob Veck, with solar panels, roof and under-floor insulation among...


24 MAR 2011

Winchester Beer Festival 2011

Steve Brine joined Mayor Richard Izard at the Guildhall for the opening of an action-packed beer festival in Winchester on Friday 25 March.The CAMRA Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival, organised by the South Hants Branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), has not been held at the historic Guildha...


23 MAR 2011

Good news for Park Homes residents

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has secured good news for Park Home residents across the country. Speaking in the House of Commons, Steve asked Climate Change Secretary, and neighbouring coalition MP Chris Huhne, about Government plans to help Park Home owners with important insul...


22 MAR 2011

A Winchester 'Greet'

Winchester MP Steve Brine celebrated British Tourism Week with one of Visit Winchester's new volunteer greeters, Elaine Howells, who introduced him to "her" Winchester. Winchester City Council’s Visit Winchester team invited Steve to trial the new Visit Winchester Greeters scheme and also t...


16 MAR 2011

MP will raise BBC Local Radio in Parliament

MP Steve Brine has criticised BBC plans which could see its daytime local radio services scrapped.Mr Brine has pledged to raise the issue in Parliament and said he was very disappointed the announcement had not been made before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of MPs or even mentioned at a rec...


14 MAR 2011

Join the girls (and Steve) at Race for Life

Winchester MP Steve Brine, agreed to do a bit of canvassing with a difference at the weekend when he launched this year's Race for Life. The MP took to the streets to encourage women in his constituency to take part in this year’s Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Steve ...


13 MAR 2011

Park and Ride success

Steve Brine has welcomed South Winchester Park and Ride winning the Environmental award at the British Parking Awards 2011, held in London on Friday 11 March.The award recognises environmentally aware parking operations, including those that make parking operations more sustainable, and ways in whic...


13 MAR 2011

Fairtrade Fortnight closes in style

Steve Brine popped into the final event of this year's two week of Fairtrade activity in Winchester. Accompanied by his wife Susie, three year-old daughter Emily and four-month old son William, Steve joined Fairtrade stall holders at the Guildhall in Winchester on Sunday 13 March 2011. Traders f...


10 MAR 2011

Steve welcomes My2050 project

Local MP welcomes new user-friendly web application designed to help the public have a go at making the choices we face in moving to a secure, low carbon economy. My2050, which will also let the Department of Energy & Climate Change know what users want 2050 to look like, encourages everyone ...


10 MAR 2011

All aboard for Talking Buses campaign

Winchester MP calls for buses and coaches to have audible and visual announcements.Local MP Steve Brine has again pledged his support to a campaign aimed at making bus travel easier and safer for blind and partially sighted passengers, and other sensory impaired people, at an event organised by the ...


09 MAR 2011

MP raises future of Bendicks factory at PMQs

Steve Brine brought the future of the Bendicks chocolate factory to the attention of the Prime Minister today. Storck UK, which owns and makes the famous brand at its factory in Winnall, near Winchester announced last week it is consulting the workforce on plans which could see production moved t...


07 MAR 2011

Uncertain future for Bendicks

Steve Brine is working with company and employees at Storck UK, makers of Bendicks chocolate in Winchester. Bendicks chocolates have been made in Winchester for 30 years and they have been proudly owned by German company Storck UK since 1988. Their factory in Winnall, near junction 9 of the M3, ...


06 MAR 2011

Marking Fairtrade with Steve Redgrave

Steve met Steve today as Redgrave and Brine joined forces to promote Fairtrade Fortnight. Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave popped into Parliament today (Weds 9 March 2011) to help promote Fairtrade Fortnight 2011.  Five time Olympic gold medallist and Fairtrade ambassador met MPs, includi...


05 MAR 2011

MP drops into YMCA re:fresh

Over 500 people enjoyed the YMCA open day at St John's House on Saturday (5th March), including our local MP. Three hours of live music demonstrated the magnificent acoustics of the beautiful 18th Century Assembly Room, which was then turned into a catwalk for a fashion show organised by third ye...


04 MAR 2011

Meeting the Itchen Valley Shooting Club

Steve met up members of a local pistol shooting club in Winnall to discuss one of Winchester's best kept secrets. As well as trying his hand, Steve chatted to members of the Garbett Road club, including Caroline Brownlie, who represented Scotland in last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The Hom...


03 MAR 2011

Home Heat Helpline

Steve Brine MP is urging 8,000 households in Winchester area missing out on free energy help to call Home Heat Helpline.Steve Brine is urging people in Winchester & Chandler’s Ford to contact the Home Heat Helpline for free help and advice on their energy bills, after research showed that ...


01 MAR 2011

MP welcomes new protections for Park Home residents

Steve Brine says the new Government has made important steps but there is work to do to help park home residents. The coalition Government has announced new rights for those who live in park homes that will allow them to resolve disputes with site owners quickly and more easily, and ensure that t...


28 FEB 2011

MP welcomes city council 'coalition'

Winchester MP Steve Brine has expressed his relief after local Independent councillors joined Conservative councillors is amending the Winchester City Council budget. Many across the city held deep reservations over Liberal Democrat proposals to increase Sunday parking charges, and end the free 3...


25 FEB 2011

Spare Change for Real Change

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined local charities and students in town on Thursday 24th February as they raised awareness for a new homeless scheme. The afternoon coincided with Student Volunteer Week, and University of Winchester students were among those who listened to Mic...


24 FEB 2011

Meeting the Forestry Commission at Micheldever Woods

Steve visited Micheldever Wood on Wednesday 23rd February to meet Forestry Commission staff and discuss the long-term future of woods and forests in the wider Hampshire area.The MP’s visit followed several weeks of deep unease at Government proposals to lease the remaining share of England'...


24 FEB 2011

Steve Brine MP- Welcomes reforms to adoption service

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed reforms to adoption services announced this week by Ministers. The Government has published new guidance which makes clear that local authorities should pursue the possibility of adoption more vigorously for more children. In a number o...


24 FEB 2011

Rock the House

Steve Brine is inviting local nominations to be considered for the best live band and best live music venue awards of the first ever parliamentary 'Rock the House' competition. Rock the House is an accessible vehicle through which to capture the imagination of the public and legislators in recogn...


17 FEB 2011

MP welcomes forests rethink as pressure pays off

Steve Brine warmly welcomes change of heart from Government and salutes coalition for putting its hands up. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine says he is "very pleased" after the Government did a u-turn on plans to change the ownership of many of England's forests and woodlands. Spe...


17 FEB 2011

New breast cancer service at Winchester Hospital

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a new service benefitting breast cancer patients has arrived at RHCH, already a world-wide centre of excellence for breast surgery. The new One Step Nucleic acid Amplification (OSNA) can detect if cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes in the armpit, and ca...


15 FEB 2011

Steve supports local families to get fit and healthy

Steve Brine has pledged to support local families to get fit and healthy after signing up to a new fellowship scheme with MEND - a free healthy lifestyle programme in Winchester. As part of his pledge, Steve will visit the local MEND Programme held at River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester ...


11 FEB 2011

Mayor and MP open Southgate Street NHS dentist

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined city Mayor Richard Izard opening the new Iosis dental practice on Friday 11th February. Steve joined the ceremony straight off the back of speaking at the Barton Farm/Cala Homes inquiry at the Guildhall on a typically busy Friday in the const...


11 FEB 2011

Steve Brine stands up for Winchester and Barton Farm

Local MP Steve Brine passionately addressed a packed Guildhall on Friday 11th February as the Barton Farm/Cala Homes inquiry continued in force. Following representations made on Tuesday by Save Barton Farm Group chairman Gavin Blackman, Steve made the Localism case in a ten-minute slot just before...


07 FEB 2011

High Court confirms scrapping of Regional Strategies is 'material consideration'

The Coalition Government's intended abolition of Regional Strategies can be taken into account when making planning decisions, the High Court agreed yesterday. The judgment - in a High Court case brought by CALA Homes - confirms that the intended scrapping of Regional Strategies is a 'material co...


06 FEB 2011

Government Visit to Peter Symonds

Steve Brine joined Simon Hughes MP, Government Advocate for Access to Higher Education, in visiting Winchester's Peter Symonds College on Friday 4th February. In his new role Simon is travelling around the country visiting young people, to hear their views and concerns about access to education. ...


06 FEB 2011

Find out about crime on your street corner

Steve Brine has welcomed the leading new website www.police.uk which provides data maps that show crime and anti-social behaviour at a street by street level.This means that everyone can see exactly what crime is happening and where - right down to the level of their street corner.  If anyone h...


05 FEB 2011

Climate Week 2011

Steve Brine is backing Climate Week, a national event where thousands of organisations will share ideas and encourage others to act on climate change over 2011. This year, Climate Week will take place between 21st-27th March, and Steve has written to schools and colleges in the area encouraging t...


03 FEB 2011

Local MP 'utterly unconvinced' on forestry proposals

Steve Brine has spoken out strongly against Government plans to change the ownership of forests in England.Speaking after a debate in Parliament, Mr Brine said he was “utterly unconvinced” by the arguments being put forward by Ministers and urged his constituents to take part in the cons...


31 JAN 2011

ecocarcare opens in the Brooks

Steve met up with Mayor Richard Izard at the Brooks Centre in Winchester to jointly open exciting new green car wash on Monday 31st January. The eco-friendly business, ecocarcare, set up by Ben Hogbin and his business partner Rafal, provides an incredibly environmentally-friendly service to motor...


28 JAN 2011

Steve Brine signs Holocaust Book of Commitment

Steve Brine pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational ...


27 JAN 2011

Steve warns of deadly Carbon Monoxide

Steve has urged local residents to protect themselves against Carbon Monoxide poisoning following new research from the Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! Campaign. The research shows that 66% of households in the South East could be at risk of poisoning by not having an audible Carbon Monoxide a...


27 JAN 2011

Update on latest woodland and forest situation

Steve Brine joined a small group of MPs meeting with DEFRA Ministers on Wednesday 26th January to find out more about the Government's position on forestry. The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP was looking for assurance that no decisions have yet been taken, and wished to strongly repres...


26 JAN 2011

Speaking up for Parkinsons patients in Parliament

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has raised the plight of people suffering from Parkinson's disease in the House of Commons. Speaking at Health Questions (on 25 January 2011) he asked the Secretary of State about future commissioning arrangements for neurological services including...


25 JAN 2011

Round Wales Scooter Trek

Winchester MP Steve Brine is delighted to help publicise a charity expedition with a difference; over 1000 miles on a scooter around the coast and borders of Wales.Fundraiser Mark Newton will be taking to his mobility scooter to raise money for The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and 1st The Q...


24 JAN 2011

Holocaust Memorial Day 2011

Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 is now just three days away, and 27th January will see the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On Thursday, thousands of individuals and organisations will come together to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in subse...


21 JAN 2011

MP and Mayor unite for new green opening in Twyford

Steve Brine and Mayor Richard Izard were among guests as new Twyford company LSLCo opened their doors on Friday 21st January. LSLCo was created in Carry and Nigel Albon’s own back room, and works to reduce energy costs and lower carbon footprint by providing low energy, high efficiency, goo...


21 JAN 2011

Steve addresses Chamber of Commerce Parliamentary Breakfast

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined key local business stakeholders at the Winchester Royal Hotel on Friday 21st January for a Parliamentary Breakfast meeting. The breakfast, sponsored by Winchester Business Improvement District (BID), Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the Hampshire Chronicle, drew ...


21 JAN 2011

Winchester Business Excellence Awards

The 2011 Winchester Business Excellence Awards will recognise the achievements of local businesses and reward them for their commitment to excellence. The competition welcomes Dutton Gregory LLP Solicitors as principal sponsor for 2011. There are eight awards to enter, each offering a specially c...


19 JAN 2011

Steve supports launch of Beating Bowel Cancer's 1,2,3 Campaign

Steve Brine attended the Parliamentary launch of Beating Bowel Cancer's 1,2,3 Campaign to encourage everyone over 60 to take part in bowel cancer screening. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Around 85 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Winchester each year an...


19 JAN 2011

Bikeability funding boost

Steve is delighted at news that £11m funding for Bikeability cycle training has been announced, following a statement from the Transport Minister on Tuesday 19th January. The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP, himself a keen cyclist, was in the Commons on Tuesday for a statement on ...


17 JAN 2011

Localism Bill sends 'clear message'

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given an enthusiastic welcome to the Localism Bill which cleared its first Parliamentary hurdle on Mon 17th Jan. Speaking late on Monday night from Westminster after MPs had voted overwhelming for the Bill at its second reading stage, Mr Brine s...


15 JAN 2011

Visitor parking permits in Winchester

  Winchester City Council is consulting on radical plans to change visitor parking in the city centre. MP urges residents to have their say. Winchester MP Steve Brine is urging his constituents in central Winchester to take part in a consultation being run by the city council on major changes...


09 JAN 2011

Steve meets with YoungMinds

Steve took the opportunity to meet with representatives from YoungMinds at one of his regular constituency surgeries on Friday 7th January.Young Minds is a charity that helps young people (aged 10-25) who have mental health issues, and they are currently running the VIK Project (Very Important Kids)...


07 JAN 2011

The future of our HMV

Following news that HMV is to close a number of stores after a recent slump in sales, Steve contacted the chain to ask about the future for our Winchester store. The MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, who once had a Saturday job with the firm, is concerned that local residents may be ...


07 JAN 2011

Surgery in Chandler's Ford

Steve Brine hit 2011 running with one of his regular Friday afternoon surgeries in Chandler's Ford on 7th January, at the Dovetail Centre. The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP has recently opened his constituency ‘shop’ on Stockbridge Rd, in Winchester, where he holds advice ...


06 JAN 2011

Growing concern over city parking charges

Winchester MP Steve Brine has added his voice to growing concerns about planned changes to parking arrangements in the city.Mr Brine said proposals to introduce Sunday charges should go back to the drawing board and City Councillors should listen again to detailed representations being made by local...


06 JAN 2011

Steve welcomes scrapping of FiReControl

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed the government's announcement that Labour's FiReControl project is to be scrapped. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Bob Neill MP, told the Commons that following extensive di...


22 DEC 2010

Welcoming Winchester Today

Steve met with the Head of News and Programming of a new community radio station for Winchester.Kevin Gover joined Steve at his new constituency office on Stockbridge Road to discuss the new working co-operative, called Winchester Today. The online radio station also provides a news website and a mo...


21 DEC 2010

Steve welcomes Ofcom plans

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed Ofcom plans to simplify number ranges and standardise charges, addressing consumer confusion. Communications watchdog Ofcom has announced plans to standardise and simplify how a wide range of telephone numbers – such as 08, 09, 07...


21 DEC 2010

All-Party Breast Cancer Visit to No 10

Members of the All Party Group on Breast Cancer met with the Prime Minister and Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow MP, last week to discuss issues around breast cancer. Co-Chairs of the Group, Annette Brooke, MP and Steve Brine, MP joined representatives from Breast Cancer Care, Breakthrough Breas...


21 DEC 2010

Ofsted commends 'outstanding' University teaching

Local MP Steve Brine has congratulated the University of Winchester after it was recognised as a provider of outstanding Initial Teacher Training. Ofsted Inspectors stated that as a result of highly effective training, students display great enthusiasm for teaching, reflect incisively on their ow...


20 DEC 2010

Steve thanks hospital staff

Winchester MP Steve Brine used a keynote speech to staff at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital to back plans for a possible future merger with Basingstoke.Mr Brine was invited to address the final ‘Talking Point’ meeting of the year (on 17 December 2010) at which he thanked staff for th...


17 DEC 2010

Steve helps local posties sort our Christmas mail

Steve joined Royal Mail for his annual early shift on Friday 17th December as the Winnall depot staff continue to work through the Christmas rush.Taking along a big tub of mince pies, he chatted with staff as they sorted the mail so it was ready to be delivered to thousands of homes across the const...


16 DEC 2010

Steve supports Warm Homes Campaign 2010

Steve Brine is backing National Energy Action's Warm Homes Campaign 2010, stressing that a national energy efficiency drive is vital in combating rising levels of fuel poverty. The support comes after recent Government statistics revealed that the numbers of households in fuel poverty is continui...


16 DEC 2010

Steve speaks up for Park Home Owners

Local MP backs 'Justice' campaign during highly anticipated Commons debate. Winchester MP Steve Brine has backed a Commons motion which seeks to give greater protection to people living in Park Homes. Mr Brine spoke in the chamber on a dedicated Park Homes debate which followed a successful lobb...


16 DEC 2010

Steve Brine campaigns against bowel cancer

Steve is helping to raise the profile of the fight against Bowel Cancer this Christmas. The MP spoke out as new figures show around 4,100 of his Winchester constituents will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime. At today’s rates, half of them could die, yet this common cancer i...


14 DEC 2010

Avoid charity scams this Christmas

Steve has welcomed The Charity Commission's tips for avoiding bogus charity cheats as residents look to help the less fortunate at this festive time of year. As part of a nationwide campaign, the Charity Commission is giving advice to generous donors this Christmas to help them make sure their mo...


13 DEC 2010

Steve joins PM at CFI business lunch

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined David Cameron, the Israel ambassador and over 600 guests at the Park Plaza Hotel on Monday 13th December.Mr Cameron used the annual lunch event to congratulate the CFI’s “absolutely invaluable” work, particularly the arrangements it makes for trips ...


12 DEC 2010

Commuter survey open until 19th December

The Winchester Rail Commuter Survey is open for all commuters to have their say- and the deadline for responses has been extended. The survey, which takes around five minutes to complete, will help to plan the future of the city taking into account the views of those who travel in and out on a da...


10 DEC 2010

Shape the future of our local Ambulance Service

The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SCAS) is undertaking a public consultation as is seeks Foundation Trust status.SCAS, which provides the ambulance service for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, is looking for comments and feedback during the consultation process, which lasts until...


10 DEC 2010

Bohunt revisited

Steve dropped into his old school on Friday 10th December to take a tour and chat to staff and students about life as a Member of Parliament.It is now 20 years since Steve left with his GCSEs, and he was delighted to meet the Bohunt team and address pupils sitting in the same place he once sat.Steve...


10 DEC 2010

Mayor opens new constituency office

Winchester Mayor Cllr Richard Izard was on-hand to cut the ribbon at a brand new constituency 'shop' opened by Steve Brine MP on Friday. Cllr Izard joined local shopkeepers and other community representatives along with some of the constituents Mr Brine has helped since winning the Winchester sea...


06 DEC 2010

Steve starts Santa Fun Run

Steve Brine started the annual Naomi House Santa Fun Run, held at Winchester Rugby Club, for the second year running, on Sunday 5th December.The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP was delighted to attend the fundraiser, in which over £10,000 was raised by over 130 runners of all ages.St...


06 DEC 2010

Confirmation of NHS merger

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has commented on confirmation of the proposed merger between two Hampshire hospital trusts. Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust (BNHFT) and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust (WEHCT) will now pursue a formal partnership, ...


06 DEC 2010

Steve convenes 'Bus Summit'

Steve Brine has arranged a special meeting between Stagecoach and Youth of Winchester (YoW) dedicated to improving local bus services.Steve said: “The idea of a 'bus summit' was something I promised young people at the General Election so it is great to have a date fixed and Stagecoach...


03 DEC 2010

Lighter Later Bill passes second reading

The Daylight Saving Bill, tabled by Rebecca Harris MP, passed the Second Reading stage in an important Commons vote on Friday December 3rd.The Lighter Later campaign has moved one step closer as MPs, including Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine, voted in favour of changing our clo...


30 NOV 2010

Steve Brine joins NHS debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine took part in an Opposition Day debate on the NHS on Wednesday 17th November. Speaking the day before wife Susie was due to give birth to their second child at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital, he began his address by telling the Ho...


30 NOV 2010

Royal opening of jacksplace@naomihouse

HRH The Countess of Wessex performed the official opening of jacksplace@naomihouse on Tuesday 30th November 2010.Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, was joined by a host of dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, The Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester and Steve Brine MP.ja...


25 NOV 2010

Free broadband for community groups

Steve has welcomed a scheme in which BT is offering eligible community groups the chance to apply for a year's free broadband. The BT Community Connections scheme offers  the opportunity for community groups to be awarded  a year's free BT broadband  if they hel...


24 NOV 2010

RHCH consultant Ewan McMorris' national award

Winchester MP Steve Brine is thrilled that Emergency consultant Ewan McMorris is part of a 'BASICS' team which has scooped runners-up spot in a prestigious national award. The voluntary team, who specialise in advanced critical care and are often first responders at accidents, took part in the Gu...


19 NOV 2010

Introducing..... William Brine

Steve and Susie are delighted to announce the birth of William Alexander Brine, at Royal Hampshire County Hospital on Thursday 18th November.Weighing in at 8lb 5, William entered the world at just before half past ten in the morning.Steve said: “Susie and I are thrilled and Emily is already be...


18 NOV 2010

Supporting special care babies

Steve showed his support for special care babies at a House of Commons reception held earlier this month before visiting Winchester's neo-natal unit. The reception, on Tuesday 2nd November, marked the launch of a report by special care baby charity Bliss titled The Chance of a Lifetime looking at...


18 NOV 2010

LionAid say trophy hunting must cease

Steve Brine is backing a new charity specifically focused on the conservation of an iconic species that is in serious decline all over Africa.Over the past 50 years, lion populations have declined from 200,000 to less than 20,000 today. While the latter number might still seem to represent a signifi...


16 NOV 2010

Steve visits Winchester Talking Newspaper

Steve visited Winchester Talking Newspaper (WTN) in November as they celebrated the opening of their new studio on Chesil Street.WTN give blind and partially sighted people access to local news by reading extracts from the Hampshire Chronicle, ensuring they receive truly local news they may miss out...


16 NOV 2010

Steve supports the Debt Advice Foundation

Steve Brine is backing the Debt Advice Foundation, a registered national debt education and advice charity for people who need help with money matters.The charity provides users with free access to a range of tools and practical guides on how to manage money effectively, budget and negotiate directl...


16 NOV 2010

Coalition colleagues in high-level climate change talks

Winchester MP Steve Brine will join Cabinet member Chris Huhne as the University of Winchester hosts a climate change summit on Friday 19th November. The High Sheriff of Hampshire will also be joining key representatives from local authorities, stakeholders and employers from the Winchester distr...


15 NOV 2010

Steve welcomes the New Homes Bonus consultation

The Coalition Government is seeking to reward local authorities who take action now to increase homebuilding.The Government inherited a catastrophic decline in home building.  A combination of the recession, divisive top-down targets and a public subsidy-driven approach delivered just 118,000 c...


15 NOV 2010

The Big March - Beating bullying

Steve Brine is backing a ground-breaking online march is taking place on 15th November, coordinated by the national anti-bullying charity Beatbullying.Steve said: “Bullying is one of the biggest concerns for children and parents alike.  I know that well over half of children experience bu...


14 NOV 2010

Remembrance Sunday in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral became the focal point for local residents as the city came together to mark Remembrance Sunday.The service, led by the Dean of Winchester, was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, the mayor, and many leading military figures. They were joined by Steve ...


12 NOV 2010

Steve supports Winchester Hospital Radio

Steve dropped into RHCH on Friday 12th November to record Person to Person for Winchester Hospital Radio. As well as taking part in an interview, Steve made a couple of song choices, For the First Time by The Script and House of Love, Beatles and Stones. Speaking afterwards, on his way to anothe...


12 NOV 2010

Government confirms increase in cancer drug funding

Steve Brine met with Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, this week to discuss cancer drug funding. Mr Lansley confirmed to Steve that cancer patients in England are being offered greater access to recommended treatment with an increase of £50m from the Department of Health goi...


10 NOV 2010

Bangkok Brasserie takes runners-up spot

Winchester eaterie Bangkok Brasserie, run by Abdul 'Miff' Kayum, has come runner-up in the national Tiffin Cup restaurant competition.The Newby Teas Tiffin Cup is an annual competition celebrating the cuisine of South East Asia. Nominated by MPs, the restaurants are subject to mystery diners wh...


10 NOV 2010

Cala Homes V Secretary of State

MP 'disappointed' at decision taken in High Court about future of regional strategies but little has changed. Winchester MP Steve Brine has commented on the judgement handed down today (Wednesday 10 November 2010) in the judicial review brought by Cala Homes following Eric Pickles revocation of r...


09 NOV 2010

Charity tins stolen in Alresford

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has reacted with disgust after an Alresford butchers was broken into and charity tins were stolen. The incident happened on Friday 5th November, as thieves smashed a hole in the front door of Soles Butchers, on Broad Street. They then used a chopper ...


09 NOV 2010

RHCH annual Infection Control report

Steve Brine has welcomed the findings of Winchester hospital's annual Infection Control report, released Monday 8th November. Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control team have hit their targets, and the report declares that strict protocols and stron...


08 NOV 2010

A call for Park & Ride commuter changes

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is leading calls for the new Park & Ride, south of Winchester, to open half an hour earlier. The MP says it will help local commuters make substantial savings, reduce congestion in the city and allow them to catch the early train and has written...


08 NOV 2010

Easton Village Hall- Planting Day

Steve and young Emily joined villagers planting a variety of shrubbery at Easton Village Hall on Saturday 6th November. Remarked upon to Steve that afternoon as being very ‘Big Society’, the day enabled the new hall to fulfil a requirement of the planning permission which was granted ...


05 NOV 2010

Steve views Warm Front work in park homes

Steve joined up with some Flowerdown residents to see for himself the benefits of insulation for park home residents, on Friday 5th November. Around 120,000 people across the country live in park homes, which tend to have less energy efficient heating methods than those who live in brick homes. G...


05 NOV 2010

Royal British Legion- March For Honour

Steve met with The Royal British Legion on Friday 5th November as a March For Honour began it's second leg, leaving Worthy Down for Salisbury. On 4th November, four teams of serving and ex-serving individuals from each of Her Majesty's Armed Forces began the epic 'March For Honour', which started...


04 NOV 2010

National Year of Communication 2011

Steve Brine joined the third sector in coming together to say Hello to the 2011 National Year of Communication, at a recent Parliamentary reception.The Communication Trust, a coalition of 39 voluntary and community sector organisations with expertise in children’s speech, language and communic...


04 NOV 2010

Life Stream reduces NHS waiting lists

Steve Brine stressed the importance of supporting local businesses this week, as he welcomed Life Stream Healthcare to the Commons. Patient waiting lists are a major issue within the NHS. Winchester and Salisbury-based company Life Stream has developed a potential solution: a live video linking d...


04 NOV 2010

The Defence Review and Worthy Down

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has secured positive news about the future of Worthy Down following the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Steve met with Defence Secretary Liam Fox the morning of Wednesday 20th October, the day after the SDSR was published, and the defe...


02 NOV 2010

New facility for dementia sufferers

Steve has welcomed plans for a pioneering £8.5m care facility put down by Winchester-based charity The Brendoncare Foundation. The specialist home, which is planned to be situated in Otterbourne Hill, will have 35 two-bedroom shared units designed for elderly dementia sufferers, alongside a...


02 NOV 2010

Prisoners and the vote

Prisoners are to get the right to vote after a long-running legal battle between the Government and the European Court. What does your MP think? The government looks set to confirm it will change the law after lawyers advised failure to comply with a 2004 ECHR ruling could cost hundreds of millio...


02 NOV 2010

Uni students hit Parliament

Steve met with local students to discuss politics as they took a tour of the historic Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 2nd November. In between a briefing on the Sustainable Livestock Bill and Health Questions in the Chamber, he chatted with University of Winchester students about the palace, his ...


02 NOV 2010

City of Winchester Trust Design Awards

Trinity Winchester and the University Centre picked up Best New Building awards at the City of Winchester Trust Design Awards. The awards took place on Monday 1st November, where a sustainability award for Best Refurbishment was given to Hampshire County Council’s Queen Elizabeth II Court.Ste...


02 NOV 2010

Sustainable Communities Act

Steve Brine is supporting the campaign for the Sustainable Communities Act, which has mobilised tens of thousands of citizens.He signed Early Day Motion No. 178, which calls on the Government to deal with the proposals under the Act expeditiously, and is by far the highest signed EDM this session, c...


01 NOV 2010

Lighter Later- A quick update

Steve Brine is backing Rebecca Harris' Lighter Later Private Members' Bill which is looking to put the clocks forward one hour throughout the year. Steve’s support for the campaign has received a lot of coverage, and public opinion is firmly in favour of trialling Single Double Summer Time....


28 OCT 2010

Glimpse of the future on St John's Croft decision

Steve Brine has welcomed today's decision by WCC's Planning Committee to approve a new development in the city centre. The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP said: "This is a really good news story. The proposal to put some new homes on this site has gone from being hugely controversial an...


27 OCT 2010

Friends of Alresford CAB Outreach

Steve joined Friends of Alresford Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach (FACABO) for a chat and a buffet lunch on Friday 29th October. With a lovely buffet kindly provided by Cook Academy, Steve took the opportunity to chat to FACABO members about the excellent work they do around the Alresford area.Stev...


27 OCT 2010

Steve meets Federation of Small Businesses

Steve joined fellow Hampshire MPs meeting the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Westminster on Wednesday 27th October. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss broadband and Local Enterprise Partnerships, as well as more general issues surrounding the current business climate and...


27 OCT 2010

Have we got the bottle?

Steve attended a Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 26th October.The organisation has recently published new research that details the economic, social and environmental benefits a UK-wide deposit refund scheme would provide. A small deposit would b...


26 OCT 2010

Steve 'wears it pink'

Steve Brine is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its award winning fundraising event, wear it pink day, supported by Vanish.On Friday 29 October 2010 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support ...


26 OCT 2010

Steve supports Members of Youth Parliament

Steve Brine is supporting local Members of Youth Parliament as they head to the House of Commons next week to debate a series of key issues.Over 300 young people from across the country will meet to debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 29th October. Members of Youth Parliament, aged 11-1...


23 OCT 2010

Good Hair Days charity event

Good Hair Days in Southgate Street celebrated their first year with a bumper charity day on Saturday 23rd October, raising money for Breast Cancer UK. Steve popped in to talk to staff about his work chairing the All-Party Group for Breast Cancer, and was delighted to find an enormous cheque for &...


23 OCT 2010

Wessex Children's Book Festival this half-term

Steve took Emily along to Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 23rd October at the start of the 2010 Wessex Children's Book Festival. On another packed Saturday for Winchester’s MP, they managed to attend the Maisy Mouse story time between 12.30-13.30pm, and even got to meet Maisy hersel...


23 OCT 2010

Colden Common play area revamp

Steve Brine visited The Green, on St Vigor Way, on Saturday 23rd October as a new play area for Colden Common youngsters was installed. The new play area was a £62,000 project led by Colden Common Parish Council, and received funding from SITA Trust, Veolia Environmental Trust and the Winch...


22 OCT 2010

Barton Farm challenge in High Court

The fate of Barton Farm in Winchester is hanging in the balance after developers went to the High Court - local MP Steve Brine was there. After several hours of debate (on Friday 22 October 2010), judges will now rule on a crucial legal point that could strengthen plans for 2,000 homes or deal th...


21 OCT 2010

Supporting the UK's first ever Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Steve listened to the concerns of women with secondary breast cancer on the first ever awareness day to mark the condition on 13 October. Breast Cancer Care held the UK’s first Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day which included a meeting at Westminster between women with the condition and...


21 OCT 2010

MP welcomes 'hugely exciting' excavation

The University of Winchester's archaeological excavations at St Mary Magdalen have revealed evidence for what may be Britain's earliest known hospital. Recent radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital, on the outskirts of Winchester, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series ...


20 OCT 2010

Steve Brine hosts Christian Aid in the House

Steve met up with local Christian Aid lobbyists in Parliament on 20th October to discuss climate change and tax issues.The meeting was set in the wider context of a mass lobby by the pressure group, joined by Rev Jesse Jackson, which came to thank the Coalition Government for their work towards Inte...


20 OCT 2010

Lest We Forget

A Hampshire musician is looking to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by donating profits from his song, Lest We Forget. Steve Simpson, also known as One Bloke One Mandolin, is a member of the Riders branch of the Royal British Legion and wrote the track, which is well kno...


19 OCT 2010

Closure of River Park creche

Steve Brine has reacted with disappointment on learning that the creche at River Park Leisure Centre is set to close on Thursday 21st October. A number of local parents contacted Mr Brine asking him to raise the matter with Winchester City Council, who responded saying that demand for the service...


18 OCT 2010

Steve Brine MP addresses WACA AGM

Steve Brine spoke at the Winchester Area Community Action (WACA) AGM on Monday 18th October at the Middle Brook Centre.He joined Mayor Richard Izard and WACA Chief Executive Paul Williams among many others, and was asked to discuss David Cameron’s vision of The Big Society.He explained how The...


18 OCT 2010

Fill that hole!

Steve has welcomed a new iPhone app which allows cyclists and motorists to immediately report potholes and damaged road surfaces.The new application reports the problem via the website www.fillthathole.org, which was set up by cyclist organisation CTC, and can alert a local authority within a couple...


15 OCT 2010

Steve visits the Itchen heritage project

Steve spent some time inspecting the wonderful work of the Itchen heritage project on the morning of Friday 15th October.Three years in to a project to restore and conserve the Itchen Navigation, major improvements for wildlife, archaeology and recreation can be seen along this special waterway.He v...


15 OCT 2010

Miff in National Awards Final

Breaking News- Abdul Kayum's Bangkok Brasserie restaurant has been selected to represent the South East Region in the prestigious Tiffin Cup. The Jewry Street speciality Thai restaurant has recently relocated from St Georges Street, and was entered into the Tiffin Cup by Winchester MP Steve Brine...


15 OCT 2010

Alresford Community Minibus stays on the road

Steve has welcomed news that the New Alresford Town Trust are able to continue the Community Minibus thanks to a series of grants.The NATT has received a total of £3190 from Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and the Old Alresford Parish Council. This means that the minibus, whi...


14 OCT 2010

Steve Brine joins leading heart charity's celebrations

Steve Brine helped Cardiac Risk in the Young celebrate its 15th anniversary at a high profile parliamentary reception with Pixie Lott on Wednesday 13th October. Steve attended the event, along with the charity’s new Patron, teen singing sensation, Pixie Lott, who has joined the charity&rsqu...


14 OCT 2010

Steve announces support for Lighter Later campaign

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has announced his support for the Lighter Later campaign, which will lead to lighter, safer evenings. Steve said: “Lighter evenings would mean safer roads, more jobs and a better quality of life for the constituents of Winchester & Chandle...


12 OCT 2010

Steve supports Renewable Heat Incentive

Steve joined green campaigners and a solar-powered hot air balloon outside Parliament to show his support for clean, green heat. Along with farmers and businesses and many other organisations, he is calling on the Government to honour its promise to bring in a Renewable Heat Incentive that would ...


12 OCT 2010

Micheldever joy as Black Wood application refused

A controversial application to site a holiday complex in Micheldever has been narrowly turned down by city planners leading to jubilant scenes. Councillors including Ian Tait and Barry Lipscomb joined fellow Conservatives Cllr Eileen Berry and Cllr Ernie Jeffs in successfully blocking the 98-cabi...


11 OCT 2010

Steve hosts TACT in Parliament

Steve met with Alan Rickman, chair of TACT Evening Group, on Monday 11th October for a lunchtime session at the House of Commons straight after Conference Season.TACT, which stands for Tenants and Council Together, was formed in 1995 and are Winchester City Council’s district-wide tenant and l...


11 OCT 2010

Bishop Michael to retire

The 96th Bishop of Winchester, The Right Reverand Michael Scott-Joynt, is to retire in May 2011 after 16 years of service to the diocese. Bishop Michael has been in position since 1995, having previously been Area Bishop for Mid and North Staffordshire in the Diocese of Lichfield. As Bishop of W...


09 OCT 2010

Steve turns his hand to Calligraphy

Steve dropped by the City Museum in The Square on Saturday afternoon to join local children learning calligraphy.The event was organised by the English Project, a national organisation based here in Winchester that celebrates the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future...


08 OCT 2010

WCC 'Blueprint' Consultation

Winchester City Council launched a residents' consultation on October 4th, tying in with the Government's concept of 'localism'. The aim of ‘Blueprint’ is to put residents at the heart of the decision-making process in their communities, thinking not only of the present but also twent...


07 OCT 2010

Together in the National Interest- Conference 2010

Steve has just returned from Birmingham, where conference season drew to a close as the Conservatives came together for their annual gathering.In addition to an appearance with Kay Burley on Sky News, and taking in Ministerial speeches, he found time to meet with Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, Performi...


07 OCT 2010

Winchester Town Access Plan

Do you have a view on transport planning for Winchester over the next 20 years? The draft Winchester Town Access Plan is a shared set of aims and priorities which seek to improve the way people can reach facilities and services spread throughout the town. The Plan along with other documents and ...


07 OCT 2010

Steve backs search for UK's top lollipop person

Steve has backed a UK campaign highlighting the importance of school crossing patrols.The Kwik Fit Insurance Lollipop Person of the Year campaign, which is open to all primary schools in the UK, aims to find Britain’s favourite lollipop person.But the campaign, which attracted more than 19,000...


05 OCT 2010

Lighter Later Campaign

Steve met with Rebecca Harris MP to discuss her Private Members' Bill supporting the Lighter Later campaign. Talking at her stand at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Rebecca reiterated the benefits of advancing the clocks by one hour to make our evenings lighter. The Conservative mem...


05 OCT 2010

Bangkok Brasserie boon for Breast Cancer fight

Steve Brine joined Miff and the team at the opening of the new Bangkok Brasserie on Monday 27th September, raising a huge amount for a local charity.Miff had very kindly agreed to donate some of the takings from the restaurant’s opening night in its new premises at 33 Jewry Street. As a result...


01 OCT 2010

Steve meets Chandler's Ford Street Pastors

On a busy Friday in Chandler's Ford, Steve met up with Paul Smith of Street Pastors, in Asante, to discuss the work that the organisation carries out for young people. Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen ...


30 SEP 2010

Winchester Station- Steve 'meets the manager'

Steve dropped into Winchester station on Thursday 30 September to chat to manager Nicky Holland about refurbishments, building work and a host of commuter issues.   They met as South West Trains were conducting a regular ‘Meet the Manager’ session, where travellers can stop off ...


30 SEP 2010

Wessex Charity Awards 2010

Steve Brine joined stars of the region's charities and not-for-profit organisations at Winchester Guildhall as they received prestigious awards at the 2010 charity 'Oscars' on Thursday 30 September. The second Wessex Charity Awards, organised by PAS Charity Recruitment, were presented by TV perso...


30 SEP 2010

Age Concern Winchester- A special anniversary

Steve Brine MP was guest of honour at the Age Concern 50th anniversary of lunch clubs at the Baptist Church Hall on Thursday September 30.The anniversary coincided with Older Persons’ Day 2010, and the event was attended by nearly 90 guests, who joined Trustee David Selwood and Patron of Age C...


27 SEP 2010

Getting to Grips with Green Energy

Steve Brine got to grips with all things green as he visited training company New Career Skills on Friday September 24.Steve visited the firm in Chandler’s Ford to see how it was training people from all walks of life and helping them to find careers in the renewable energy industry.New Career...


27 SEP 2010

Steve Brine goes back to college

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine got a taste of student life Barton Peveril style when he dropped in to the Eastleigh sixth form college recently. Steve enjoyed a lively discussion with students, including former pupils of Toynbee and Westgate schools, both of which are in the Winche...


25 SEP 2010

University of Winchester Freshers Fayre

Steve dropped into Freshers Fayre on Saturday September 25 to take in the atmosphere and meet the Winchester Student Conservative Society. This year, the WSCS stall was busier than ever, with plenty of students queuing up to meet Steve and ask questions about Westminster, the new Coalition Govern...


24 SEP 2010

Steve backs vinspired National Awards

Steve has joined forces with celebrities and politicians of all parties in supporting the second vinspired National Awards.Do you know a local young person or a youth worker who embodies the spirit of volunteering and deserves recognition? Someone who has helped their local community, overcome perso...


23 SEP 2010

Steve Brine opens Winchester Basepoint

Steve joined the Basepoint team in Winnall on Thursday September 23rd to officially open Winchester's new business centre. Basepoint was developed in partnership with Winchester City Council and has been partly purpose built and partly refurbished; it now boasts 25,000sq ft of managed office spac...


23 SEP 2010

Thousands brave weather for Antiques Roadshow

Thousands of local people braved a very wet and windy morning to visit Winchester Cathedral and experience the thrill of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. With some people having arrived at 6am, the ancient cathedral was packed with hordes of residents seeking to get advice and valuations on bric-a-...


21 SEP 2010

Antiques Roadshow coming to town

The BBC's popular Antiques Roadshow, hosted by Fiona Bruce, is coming to Winchester Cathedral on Thursday September 23rd. Local residents are invited to bring along their antiques and collectables for examination and valuation by the programme’s resident experts, as the show enters its 33rd...


20 SEP 2010

Steve addresses local Rotarians

Steve recently spoke to around 50 Rotarians from Chandler's Ford and the Alresfords, at the Potter's Heron in Ampfield, as they were joined by some special guests from across the pond. Steve addressed the group on Monday 20 September 2010, and variously discussed the recent General Election, and ...


20 SEP 2010

Mayor of Winchester's Charity Golf Day

Steve had the perfect opportunity to dust off his clubs on Friday September 17th as he joined Mayor Richard Izard for his charity golf day.Teeing off to a shotgun start at 930am at East Horton Golf Club, in nearby Fair Oak, Steve joined a number of local golfers (of all standards) in raising money f...


19 SEP 2010

Steve gets tested in during National Cholesterol Week

Steve Brine took part in National Cholesterol Week on Wednesday 15 September as HEART UK took its message on the importance of knowing your cholesterol to Westminster. The nation’s leading cholesterol charity, organisers of the UK’s first National Cholesterol Week, set up cholesterol ...


15 SEP 2010

Welcome for name change at Winchester Military Museum cafe

Winchester MP warmly welcomes news that the cafe at Winchester's Military Museum Visitor Centre will be renamed. Concerns had been raised with the MP at the original name ‘Falling Plates’ which many in The Royal Green Jackets felt was an insult to their regiment.  Former soldiers...


14 SEP 2010

Watercress breast cancer breakthrough

Steve Brine attends launch of 'exciting' new research which shows cancer fighting properties of local crop. Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed the release of some new research which shows vitamin-rich Watercress has the potential to fight breast cancer.  The small study was undertaken at...


13 SEP 2010

'Deeply troubling' news on Hampshire Constabulary

Local MP Steve Brine has reacted to the comments this week from Chief Constable Alex Marshall. It was reported over the weekend that Hampshire Constabulary needs to save up to £70m over the next four years, which could lead to the loss of up to 1400 jobs. Chief Constable Alex Marshall had ...


10 SEP 2010

Strawberry Tea success

Steve Brine says he is blown away by support shown to Breast Cancer charity fundraiser held in The Square. Winchester MP Steve Brine hosted a very special event in Winchester, Friday 10 September 2010. The Square was transformed into a blaze of pink as people gathered to raise funds for Breast C...


04 SEP 2010

Inspired Living cycle ride to Gibraltar

Steve joined NW Hants MP Sir George Young and Cycling Champion Cllr Andrew Gibson at St Swithun's school on Saturday 4th September to start a cycle ride for Cancer Research UK. Sir George, who is also Leader of the House of Commons, joined Andrew and the team for the first few miles of the trip, ...


04 SEP 2010

Littleton & Harestock Show

On another packed Saturday, Steve called into the Littleton & Harestock Show on September 4, as organisers celebrated the event's 40th anniversary. The afternoon was packed with a variety of activities and attractions, including a junior football tournament, the Solent Dog Display Team, the B...


04 SEP 2010

Steve visits the Alresford Show

Winchester MP Steve Brine enjoyed a spot of sunshine at the weekend as he joined thousands of people at the Alresford Show at Tichbourne Park on Saturday September 4.This year, attractions included Donkeys & Miniature Ponies, Young Farmer Competitions, Ferret Racing and a Dog Gymkhana, which was...


02 SEP 2010

Winchester Business Exhibition

Steve Brine gave his first speech to Winchester's business leaders at the Business Exhibition & Networking event.   Addressing around one hundred guests to the event, which was held in association with Winchester’s Business Improvement District (BiD), Steve discussed opened by con...


02 SEP 2010

MP to champion chalk streams

Winchester MP to become a Rivers on the Edge Parliamentary Champion following a meeting with local WWF on Itchen. Steve originally met with the group back in April, at the launch of the Riverside Tales report, to discuss the serious threat our chalk streams face. Many have been below usual levels...


28 AUG 2010

A very sporting Micheldever Station fete

Winchester MP Steve Brine dropped in at the Micheldever Station Fete on Saturday August 28th, and enjoyed the event's very sporting theme. Steve had been asked to hold the 5-a-side trophy, which was keenly competed for as a team from the Half Moon and Spread Eagle took on The Warren Juniors. At t...


27 AUG 2010

A Strawberry Tea for The Square

Winchester MP Steve Brine will host a special 'Strawberry Tea' on the afternoon of Friday September 10 in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care. The event will be held in The Square, Winchester and is being hosted by many of the local businesses who will be selling strawberry themed treats from 1...


24 AUG 2010

Cala Homes seek Barton Farm appeal

Steve Brine has reacted to news that Cala Homes is seeking judicial review of Eric Pickles' decision to revoke regional spatial strategies. He re-stated his view that 2,000 homes on the Barton Farm site would represent a gross over-development of the city not supported by local people and put an ...


23 AUG 2010

Bangkok Brasserie Tiffin Cup 2010 Update

The Bangkok Brasserie has won a place in the regional final after being chosen to represent Winchester by local MP Steve Brine in a prestigious contest.The national competition is held each year to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country.This year 73 restaurants were nominated. Bangkok B...


21 AUG 2010

Rob rides for Naomi House

Steve joined Winchester's very own Rob Carslake at Millets on Saturday August 21st as the 22 year-old economics graduate raised funds for a mammoth bike ride across Europe. On September 1st, Rob will begin an epic 4,500km journey back home from Romania. The journey is expected to take 45 days, wi...


17 AUG 2010

Friends of King Alfred Buses

Steve met up with Peter Murnaghan, chairman of Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB), on Tuesday August 17th to take a look around the group's restoration workshop, located behind Winchester Bus Station. FoKAB was formed in 1985, and is devoted to preserving the memory of King Alfred Motor Service...


17 AUG 2010

Pitt Manor Permission Refused

New Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed the decision to refuse outline planning permission for a new development at Pitt Manor in Winchester. Developers Turley Associates had wanted to build 200 houses on the site, adjacent to both Romsey Road and Kilham Lane. Steve has worked closely with San...


16 AUG 2010

Daylight Saving Bill

Steve has welcomed a Private Members' Bill that seeks to examine the evidence regarding potential benefits of putting the clocks forward by one hour. The Daylight Saving Bill 2010-11, tabled by Conservative MP Rebecca Harris (Castle Point) was presented to Parliament for the ‘First Reading&...


06 AUG 2010

Steve opens relocated Chesil Dental Surgery

Steve broke away from spending a few days with Susie and the family to open the newly-positioned NHS dentist at 15 Bridge Street on Friday August 6. The practice, which opens its doors on Monday August 9, has grown out of two sites on St James Terrace and in the Friarsgate Medical Centre, and the...


01 AUG 2010

Big Baby Push

Steve visited Winchester Rugby Club on Sunday August 1 to support B.A.B.I.E.S. on their latest fundraiser. The breastfeeding support group raised over £3000 as mums and kids pushed buggies while the crowds were entertained by a number of stalls. Speaking after starting the race, Steve said...


31 JUL 2010

Weeke Street Surgery with Eileen and Richard

Steve joined Cllr Eileen Berry and Richard Worrall at the Stoney Lane shops for one of their regular public surgeries on the morning of Saturday July 31.Eileen and Richard have been running their surgeries for a number of years now, and have spoken to hundreds of local residents about their concerns...


30 JUL 2010

Alresford Party in the Park

Steve dropped in to Alrebury Park on a very sunny Friday July 30 as local youngsters enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games.The established annual event was organised by Hampshire Constabulary, the Youth Team and Hampshire County Council.  Activities included inflatable games, rounders, parachut...


30 JUL 2010

A visit to Long Barn

Steve joined Cllr Ernie Jeffs in visiting Long Barn in Alresford on Friday July 30 to meet owner Richard Norris to discuss a variety of local issues.Long Barn is dedicated to lavender growing and is also a distillery. Their natural body care, home and garden range is inspired by their love of the En...


30 JUL 2010

PMQs- Limited tickets available

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is inviting constituents who would like to visit Parliament and watch Prime Minister's Question Time to contact him during August. The special dates are for Weds 8 September and Weds 15 December 2010. Mr Brine is asking people who live in his Winch...


27 JUL 2010

Steve chairs all-party group on breast cancer

Steve Brine has pledged to support five key actions which will aid the fight against breast cancer. The new MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford was speaking as he took over as Chairman of the All Party Group on Breast Cancer in Parliament. Steve said he was committed to support Breakthrough ...


26 JUL 2010

Six-year old Lucy puts Steve on the spot

The new MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford met his match recently in the form of six-year old Lucy Stoneley from Chandler's Ford. Lucy wrote to Steve about the imminent removal of Child Trust Funds as part of the coalition Government plans to reduce the budget deficit.  She wanted to ma...


24 JUL 2010

Steve opens inaugural Fulflood Fete

The first Fulflood Fete was held on Saturday July 24 at Orams Arbour. It was opened by new Winchester MP Steve Brine, and was organised by city resident Helen Osborne.Attractions included hook a duck, a dog show, egg & spoon race, inflatable slides, a tombola and a plant stall and all money rai...


22 JUL 2010

Passenger Focus on Winchester Railway Station

Winchester MP Steve Brine responded to a recent report from Passenger Focus which found ticket office queues at Winchester Railway Station are among the worst on the network. The research looked at use of ticket machines which it says often fail to support passengers and merely add to ticket offi...


20 JUL 2010

Steve criticises BT charge hike

Winchester MP Steve Brine has criticised BT for increasing the cost of landline calls by 10%.The company announced recently that the minimum cost of making a call will become 17.3p from October 2010. It says the increase is needed to help it 'survive the effects of the recession.'Steve said;...


18 JUL 2010

One Big Table

Steve and wife Susie attended Winchester's Big Lunch event on Sunday July 18 in Abbey Gardens. One Big Table was the city’s contribution to the national event that has the aim of bringing together and celebrating the increasingly diverse cultural communities in Winchester.   Amon...


17 JUL 2010

Flower Festival at St Martin in the Wood

Steve joined the Mayor of Eastleigh, John Caldwell, among many others in dropping into the Golden Jubilee Flower Festival at St Martin in the Wood on Friday July 16.The weekend marked the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Church, and the milestone inspired a group from across the Parish, in ...


17 JUL 2010

Micheldever Annual Summer Fete

New Winchester MP Steve Brine opened Micheldever's annual Summer fete on Saturday 17 July.The event was held on the Lord Rank Playing Fields in Micheldever village and featured steam train rides, a spectacular air display flypast and live sabre fencing display from Pey Kan Su and Maciej Pulaczewski....


17 JUL 2010

Parchment Street Summer Party

Winchester MP Steve Brine dropped into the Parchment Street party on Saturday July 17.The summer party, which served up lashings of live music, real ale and hot food, was a celebration of specialist shopping in Parchment Street.After a fun-filled visit, Steve commented: "The organisers have rea...


16 JUL 2010

Steve attends Rethink Campaign Day

New MP Steve Brine met with residents of Rethink Winchester on Friday July 16 on the mental health charity's Fair Treatment Now Campaign Day. Rethink was founded over 30 years ago to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness and today, with over 8,300 members, they remain determine...


15 JUL 2010

2012 Olympics Reception with Seb Coe

Steve joined Olympians Seb Coe and Jonathan Edwards at a busy reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday.Lord Coe, who is chair of the London 2012 organising committee, told Steve how the Games are not just about two weeks of sport, but about taking the many opportunities the event provides, inc...


13 JUL 2010

Checking blood pressure helps Stroke prevention

Steve met with members of The Stroke Association on Tuesday July 13 to discuss how regular blood pressure checks can help prevent a stroke.After having his own blood pressure checked, Steve said: “There is no doubt that blood pressure testing really can save lives. Every five minutes someone i...


13 JUL 2010

Standing Up Against Fluoridation

Steve has written to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley MP as local people raise concern over the fluoridation of our water.Steve said: “While the aim of reducing tooth decay, particularly in children, is certainly a noble one, I do not believe that mass fluoridation of our water is the way to go...


13 JUL 2010

Abolition of Regional Planning

Last week, Eric Pickles abolished Regional Strategies and the bureaucracy that tied up local councils in red tape. To view a letter sent by Eric to MPs, open the attached PDF document below. Pictured; Eric Pickles spent an afternoon campaigning in Harestock in April, where he learnt all about th...


13 JUL 2010

Out of Hours GP Cover

New Winchester MP Steve Brine has raised the issue of Out of Hours GP cover during a big health debate in Parliament. Steve was speaking in the House of Commons as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley revealed radical new plans for the NHS from the coalition Government. The Health White Paper entitle...


12 JUL 2010

Steve continues fight against breast cancer

Steve joined Breakthrough Breast Cancer's annual reception in the House of Commons on Monday July 12. He committed to supporting the charity with five key actions- backing their ‘Touch, Look, Check’ breast awareness campaign, supporting the safeguarding of NHS screening services, tack...


12 JUL 2010

Breast Cancer Care Strawberry Tea Party

Steve took time out for a special Strawberry Tea Party in the House of Commons earlier this month. Arranged by Breast Cancer Care, the event was a chance for him to find out more about the charity’s work to support people affected by breast cancer and the issues that are important to the 46...


09 JUL 2010

A visit to Mountbatten Court

Steve was invited by resident John Woods to talk about the speed of traffic along Andover Rd, and in particular the stretch adjacent to Barton Farm.Residents have previously met with Mark Oaten, and they now want Steve fully in the picture. Speaking after the meeting, Steve said: "Speeding...


09 JUL 2010

Bridge Repair Finally Completed

Commuters across Winchester received a welcome surprise this week as the Andover Rd bridge re-opened three days ahead of schedule.The bridge had been closed since April, allowing Network Rail to carry out a re-heightening exercise which was part of a nationwide scheme. This closure meant that commut...


09 JUL 2010

Supporting better oral health

Steve Brine, new MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has backed a call for better oral health this week. Attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry at Parliament, he lent his support to the group as it aims to increase awareness of oral health issues. The meeting...


02 JUL 2010

Hope and Aid Direct Mission to Kosovo

New MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford Steve Brine has donated some essential supplies for the next Hope and Aid Direct mission to Kosovo. He met up with John Desty in Chandler’s Ford (after his surgery on Friday 2 July 2010) to hand over a selection of toothbrushes, toilet roll and to...


02 JUL 2010

Steve joins Winchester Litter Pickers

Steve met with Gillian Allen and the Winchester Litter Pickers at lunchtime on Friday July 2 to spend some time tidying around the Cathedral grounds. Speaking before dashing off to his Friday surgery, Steve said: “I think the Winchester Litter Pickers are in many ways the unsung heroes of t...


30 JUN 2010

11 Light Brigade praised in PMQs

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Winchester for holding the largest homecoming parade to-date. He was responding to a question in the House of Commons (at Prime Ministers' Questions, Weds 30 June) from new Winchester MP, Steve Brine. Mr Brine asked the PM to honour the 650 men an...


29 JUN 2010

Steve joins the All-Party Group for Autism

New Winchester MP Steve Brine will champion the cause of autism in Parliament after being made Vice Chairman of an influential group.The All Party Group for Autism works with the National Autistic Society and exists to bring issues around the condition before Ministers and raise the profile of campa...


23 JUN 2010

Steve celebrates Vocational Qualifications Day

Steve signed an Early Day Motion in the Commons congratulating the millions of people who achieve vocational qualifications every year.Steve said: “I’m fully supportive of vocational qualifications, and fully back places like A.C.E. in Weeke who provide this training for local people. It...


23 JUN 2010

Winchester welcomes home 11 Light Brigade

The city centre came to a virtual standstill on Wednesday June 23 as Winchester came out in force to witness the return of 11 Light Brigade from Afghanistan. New MP Steve Brine joined the Duchess of Cornwall, hundreds of local schoolchildren and thousands of local residents in the glorious sunshi...


21 JUN 2010

Winchester to welcome home 11 Light Brigade

Steve Brine is to join a crowd of thousands in Winchester on Wednesday as 11 Light Brigade parade through Winchester. The homecoming march will begin in St Cross around midday as the 650-strong brigade makes their way into the city centre before attending a private service of thanksgiving in the ...


21 JUN 2010

Steve makes maiden speech in Commons

New MP Steve Brine speaks about health, planning and defence in his first speech to the House of Commons. Winchester MP Steve Brine made his maiden speech in Parliament today (Monday 21 June 2010). In line with tradition, the new MP praised his predecessor Mark Oaten who he wished well for the f...


20 JUN 2010

South Wonston School Fete

Steve Brine popped into South Wonston School Fete on Saturday June 19. The new Winchester MP was accompanied by city councillor Stephen Godfrey. Steve surprised organisers by throwing a tour and tea-for-two at the House of Commons trip into the raffle. He said; "This is a lovely little fete, so...


19 JUN 2010

Alresford Music Festival

Winchester MP Steve Brine and his young family attended the 1st Alresford Music Festival on Saturday, 19 June.Steve, who is a regular festival go-er commented: "This country now has hundreds of small, independent festivals taking place every Summer and it's great to have Alresford on that l...


19 JUN 2010

Cavalcade launches Winchester Bike Week

Steve Brine joined cyclists young and old at Winchester Cathedral on Saturday morning to help launch Winchester Bike Week. The Cycle Cavalcade left the Cathedral at 11am, before making its way through the city centre towards St Cross on a 3 and a half mile circuit. Speaking afterwards, Steve sai...


17 JUN 2010

Autism- You Need to Know

New Winchester MP Steve Brine has warned that thousands of children with autism are needlessly facing a future of mental health problems, because the NHS does not know how to help them.He is backing a new campaign by the National Autistic Society, You Need to Know, which aims to tackle a mental heal...


17 JUN 2010

Carers Week with ITV's Dr Chris Steele

Local MP Steve Brine has teamed up with ITV's This Morning celebrity GP, Dr Chris Steele MBE, to support this year's Carers Week (14 - 20 June). Carers Week celebrates the contribution made by people who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The theme of Carers Week is &...


16 JUN 2010

Steve attends The Smart Money

Steve pledged his commitment to early intervention services at a reception hosted by Action for Children, Family Action and Children England in support of local vulnerable children, young people and their families. He was invited to attend The Smart Money event, hosted by the charities on June 16, ...


15 JUN 2010

Garden Party at Abbeyfield Winchester in Twyford

Steve attended Abbeyfield Winchester's annual Garden Party on Sunday June 13, joining a host of guests including the Mayor. The Abbeyfield Winchester Society runs two attractive residential houses, Cusack House and Thornton House, in Twyford’s Bourne Lane. Steve said: “I enjoyed meet...


15 JUN 2010

Childhood's Dream colouring competition

Steve and Susie attended the Southgate Street toy shop on Saturday June 12 to look at the creative talent of local young artists. Children were invited to submit their entries, judged in three age categories, over the previous two weeks to get the chance to walk away with a selection of HABA toys...


15 JUN 2010

Steve drops in on the ITV Fixers

Steve joined TV presenter Sangeeta Bhabra and her fellow Meridian Tonight presenters at ITV Fixers' Southgate Street office to meet a very special group of youngsters.ITV Fixers introduces young people to the world of volunteering by inviting them to ‘fix’ something they feel strongly ab...


15 JUN 2010

Handing out the prizes at Penguins Gala

Steve Brine attended the Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club 10th year Gala at River Park Leisure Centre on Friday June 11.The event was sponsored by Hendy Ford, and supported by the University of Winchester and bulthaup. Schools from across the district competed, and Steve was delighted to prese...


14 JUN 2010

Steve Brine speaks out against 'inappropriate' proposed Barton Farm development

Steve addressed the Planning Development Control Committee at the United Church on Jewry Street on Monday June 14. Steve told how he had already spoken to new Secretary of State Eric Pickles, who reiterated that the government expects Local Planning Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate to re...


11 JUN 2010

Launch of Winchester Film Festival

Steve and Susie attended the launch of the Winchester Film Festival, an event celebrating films and film-making.The Festival kicked off on Saturday June 5, where Steve was among local dignitaries such as University of Winchester Joy Carter, the High Sheriff of Hampshire and the Mayor.Steve handed ou...


11 JUN 2010

Steve Brine visits opening of Winchester Centre of Orthodontics

The City Road centre opened on Wednesday June 9 and promises to provide much-needed local residents with a first class service. WeLCOMe will be managed by Dr Chaw Su Kyi, who already runs a successful centre in London. She gave Steve a guided tour where he met staff and was told about some of the...


11 JUN 2010

End of an Era for Winchester Snooker Centre

The St Cross Rd club is finally closing its doors after 27 years, to the disappointment of members and casual players from around the district.Steve said: “I did meet with the club recently to see if there was anything we could do to keep it open but they've just reached the end of the roa...


10 JUN 2010

Steve Brine welcomes new website tackling domestic abuse

New Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed the arrival of a new website aimed at tackling local domestic abuse. The website is run by the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum (HDAF), which is a group of organisations and agencies in Hampshire that work together to help and support...


10 JUN 2010

Steve nominates Bangkok Brasserie for a prestigious award

The popular Winchester restaurant, which has been open for just over a year has been nominated for the Tiffin Cup.Owner Abdul Kayum (known locally as ‘Miff’) is well-known around Hampshire, having run a number of other restaurants, and has been a BBC Megachef winner. Last year he also co...


06 JUN 2010

Celebrating 75 years of diesel at Twyford Waterworks

Steve Brine joined the Mayor of Winchester starting the Diesel Engine and cutting a special birthday cake. Attending the event with his family at Sunday lunchtime, Steve helped to mark 75 years of diesel pumping in Twyford by joining Cllr Richard Izard in starting one of the large diesel pumping eng...


05 JUN 2010

Steve opens East Stratton Fete

Steve Brine had the honour of opening the East Stratton Fete on Saturday June 5. As well as being introduced to lots of villagers by Lord Northbrook, Steve also met with the Dever Society, who had a stand at the annual event. In what is already becoming tradition, he was also cooled down with wet...


04 JUN 2010

Steve receives Wayfarers Dole at St Cross

New Winchester MP Steve Brine visited The Hospital of St Cross to take the Wayfarer's Dole.The ancient tradition goes back over 850 years, and the Wayfarer's Dole, consisting of a small beaker of beer and a morsel of bread, was traditionally given to those in need.In the past, up to one hundred ...


01 JUN 2010

Winchester's golden opportunity

Planning change offers real opportunity to Winchester as Barton Farm decision looms says new MP Steve Brine. New Winchester MP Steve Brine says major changes to the planning system provide a “real opportunity” for Winchester to reassert control over its’ destiny. The new Govern...


31 MAY 2010

King's Worthy Summer Fete

Steve and his family spent part of the Bank Holiday on Church Green in King's Worthy enjoying all the fun of the fete. This year, the fete was opened by Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester, and there were over 60 stalls ranging from the traditional cake and pla...


23 MAY 2010

Chandler's Ford Farmers' Market

Steve joined Cllr Godfrey Olson on a beautiful Sunday morning at the Chandler's Ford Farmers' Market in Fryern Arcade. Speaking after buying some bread, cookies and real lemonade, Steve said: “So many good things have been written about the Farmers’ Markets and it’s all true in ...


22 MAY 2010

Get Walking- On National Rambling Day

Steve joined Winchester Ramblers on a very special weekend.Saturday 22 May was the national day of rambling, and Steve and Emily joined up with Winchester Ramblers on a two mile walk in the hills above the city.Steve said: “It was lovely to be involved in this national day of rambling.  H...


22 MAY 2010

Compton Village and Compton Primary School May Fete

Steve attended the popular fete, which was bathed in sunshine, on Saturday 22 May.The annual fete, held next to Compton Primary School, attracted happy visitors from miles around, including Steve and his daughter Emily, who enjoyed the bouncy castle as well as a BBQ lunch.Steve said: “I love t...


18 MAY 2010

New Government pledge to reduce carbon footprint by 10%

Announcement equivalent to 'taking 200,000 cars off the road'. Winchester Conservative MP Steve Brine is delighted that the government has embraced the 10:10 campaign to reduce the entire carbon footprint of central government by 10% in a year. Speaking after David Cameron made the announcement ...


16 MAY 2010

Thousands descend on Watercress Festival

Steve Brine handed out the awards at the annual Alresford event today.The newly elected Winchester MP and his family were among more than 10,000 people in the town today (Sunday 16 May 2010) for the Watercress Festival.Running from 10am-4pm, the Festival Cavalcade kicked off proceedings running from...


12 MAY 2010

Steve 'really positive' about new Government

  Winchester MP Steve Brine says he is pleased to see new Cameron led coalition Government. The newly elected MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, Steve Brine, says he is looking forward to working with the new coalition Government. David Cameron became Prime Minister on Tuesday (1...


09 MAY 2010

Winchester Walk for Homeless

The annual Winchester Walk was in aid of local homeless charities this year and despite the cold was a huge success. Winchester MP Steve Brine supported this year’s Winchester Walk (on Sunday 9 May 2010). The annual event, which this years started outside the Cathedral and was to raise fun...


09 MAY 2010

New MP drops into Farmers' Market

Steve and family chose local on his first weekend as the local MP at Winchester's popular market. The Winchester Farmers' Market has become a popular mainstay of city life and it returned to the Middle Brook Street site on Sunday (9 May 2010). Winchester MP Steve Brine, accompanied by his wife S...


08 MAY 2010

New MP in stocks at St Paul's event!

Steve Brine showed he was good sport at the St Paul's Community Celebration on Saturday.New Winchester MP Steve Brine headed for Fullflood on his first weekend since the election to support the St Paul’s Community Celebration, on Saturday 8 May 2010.Joined by his young family and Popcorn the d...


07 MAY 2010

Steve Brine wins Winchester at General Election

Steve has been elected as the brand new MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, with a majority of more than 3,000! Steve Brine overturned a 7,500 majority for Mark Oaten in 2005 for the party’s first General Election victory in the city since 1992.  The result was announced 05:30am a...


30 APR 2010

Long-term care top of the agenda

Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley joined Steve Brine in Winchester to focus on one of the hot topics of the campaign.One of the biggest issues of this General Election campaign, both locally and nationally, is funding of care for the elderly.  It regularly comes near the top of survey&rsqu...


29 APR 2010

Spelman confirms planning pledge in Hiltingbury

Shadow Cabinet visit to Hiltingbury affirms party pledge to abolish central housing targets.A leading member of the Shadow Cabinet visited Chandler’s Ford (on 29 April) with Prospective Conservative MP Steve Brine.Caroline Spelman, who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local...


29 APR 2010

Joint churches host main candidate debate

  The Bishop of Winchester takes his traditional seat to chair the main constituency church hustings, Wednesday evening. Prospective Conservative MP Steve Brine and his Labour, Lib Dem and English Democrat opponents took the stage last night for the main hustings of the local General Election...


28 APR 2010

The banks of the River Itchen

Steve Brine drops into launch of new report from WWF focusing on Britain's rivers, including our very own River Itchen. Britain’s river are under serious threat. Many are below their usual levels for the time of year and the need to conserve our rivers and reduce water demand has never been...


27 APR 2010

Chamber of Commerce ask the questions

The election hustings moved to the subject of business today with an event hosted by Chamber of Commerce.The newly created Hampshire Chamber of Commerce invited all five Winchester Parliamentary Candidates to a special ‘Question Time’ event on Tuesday 27 April.Prospective Conservative MP...


24 APR 2010

Launch of Winchester Festival 2010

Steve Brine and a special guest dropped into the official launch of this year's festival on Friday. Prospective Conservative MP Steve Brine and his friend (the author) Michael Dobbs attended the launch of the 2010 Winchester Festival on Friday 23 April. The event, which was held at the Guildhall...


22 APR 2010

Conservatives launch Armed Forces Manifesto

  Steve Brine gives strong support locally as the Conservatives launch a dedicated Armed Forces Manifesto. David Cameron and Dr Liam Fox have launched the Conservative Party's Armed Forces Manifesto. "Our Forces sacrifice and risk so much to do their duty by us", David Cameron said. "The lea...


22 APR 2010

First ever climate change hustings in Winchester

WinACC host 'The Climate Change Question' with candidates at the University of Winchester. Prospective Conservative Winchester MP Steve Brine took part in a Winchester first this evening – a General Election climate change hustings meeting. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) host...


22 APR 2010

IDS visits Trinity Winchester

Iain Duncan Smith visited Trinity Winchester this morning on the invitation of Prospective Winchester MP Steve BrineThe former Conservative leader who now heads the Centre for Social Justice, saw the new building at Durngate Place and met with staff and service users.  Chief Executive Michelle ...


21 APR 2010

Supporting Early Years Education

Steve Brine and a leading member of David Cameron's Shadow team visited Hursley today to show their support for the troubled nursery education sector.Maria Miller, the Shadow Minister for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, as well as Steve Brine, the prospective Conservative MP for W...


20 APR 2010

First Winchester debate refuses to stick to script

Prospective MP Steve Brine upset the form book at this election by emerging as the clear winner of the first local election debate.The Winchester Debate, hosted by Savills at the University of Winchester (last night) saw two hundred people put questions to all candidates standing for the new Winches...


16 APR 2010

Green visits Winchester School of English

Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green visits to talk student visas and immigration policy under a new Government.Mr Green visited staff and students at the Winchester School of English, based on Hyde Street, to hear their concerns about new Government plans which threaten the future of the busine...


12 APR 2010

David Willetts visits University

The Shadow Secretary of State for Universities David Willetts came to Winchester this week to talk Higher Education.The Shadow Secretary of State (and ex-Havant MP) came to Winchester this week and he headed straight for the city’s University.Mr Willetts was invited by Prospective Winchester M...


10 APR 2010

That's a whole lot of canvassing!

Almost 100 people hit the streets of Winchester city today for the first weekend of the election campaign.Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine welcomed the huge group, who met at Homebase just off junction 9 on Saturday morning (April 10).Steve says; “We had friends of mine from neighbouring ...


10 APR 2010

Focus on NHS for first weekend

First weekend of campaign locally focuses on NHS as Steve Brine and his team hit the High Street in Winchester.After a busy week on the campaign trail, it was off to Winchester High Street on the first Saturday for Prospective MP Steve Brine.Steve and his young team (pictured) were taking part in a ...


06 APR 2010

Theresa May helps Steve launch his campaign

Top politician visits Winchester to help Prospective Winchester MP fire the starting gun on his local campaign.A key member of David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet came to Winchester today (Tuesday April 6 2010) to help Steve Brine launch his bid to become the first MP for the new Winchester & C...


06 APR 2010

Your chance to change our Government!

Steve Brine says 'we have the opportunity to vote for change - to elect a new MP and a new Government.' Steve Brine is a local family man.  He lives in the heart of constituency with his wife Susie and their two-year old daughter Emily. He says; “I didn’t move here to contest th...


05 APR 2010

Help for freelancers and the self employed

Personal experience prompts enthusiastic response from Steve Brine for changes to maligned 'IR35' legisaltion. Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed a fundamental review of small business taxation matters, including IR35, which will take place if the Conservatives win the Gene...


05 APR 2010

Stop the tax on jobs says Steve Brine

Steve is backing new plans from his party to stop a new jobs tax on working families and local firms across the area.Almost 27,000 people will save money across Winchester under Conservative plans!Steve Brine, Prospective Conservative Candidate for the new Winchester & Chandler’s Ford cons...


03 APR 2010

Easter chat in Winchester High Street

Steve Brine and his team spent Easter Saturday morning chatting to shoppers in Winchester ahead of the General Election, likely to be called on Tuesday.The Prospective MP, who lives in Winchester with his young family, said the response from local people was “tremendously encouraging” an...


26 MAR 2010

Pickles in Winchester!

Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles, dropped into Winchester today to give his full support to Steve Brine and he had a clear message for voters.Steve Brine, the Prospective MP for Winchester, welcome the Party Chairman to Harestock this afternoon (Friday 26 March 2010).Eric Pickles MP met up ...


25 MAR 2010

Taylors Yard development on show

Steve Brine and local councillors dropped into Sutton Scotney this week to see plans for the long awaited re-development of Taylors Yard.The Prospective MP for Winchester was joined by Wonston & Micheldever (which includes Sutton Scotney) councillor, Stephen Godfrey, for the open exhibition of o...


15 MAR 2010

Steve speaks to civil service pension group

Winchester branch of CSPA invite Steve and his Lib Dem opponent to debate pensions and much more besides. Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine popped into the Spring meeting of the Winchester Branch of the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance today (Monday 15 March 2010). The meeting, held ...


14 MAR 2010

Do you use the phonebook?

Steve Brine gives you the link to opt-out of receiving any of the free phone directories. Like me you probably have the BT phone book, Yellow Pages and Thompson directory delivered every year. But how often do you use them? It is possible to opt-out of receiving any or all of these phone bo...


13 MAR 2010

King Alfred procession in Winchester

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Winchester Saturday morning to pay tribute to King Alfred the Great.The King Alfred Procession (on March 13 2010) started outside the city's cathedral and retraced the path from the Saxon king's initial resting place to Hyde Abbey.  Many...


12 MAR 2010

Third Sector and the Next Government

Shadow Minister for Charities visits Alresford to speak to local voluntary organisations at special conference.Community Action Hampshire and the SCA (Institute of Social Enterprise) hosted a special conference in Alresford today (Friday 12 March 2010).The Third Sector and the Next Government, which...


03 MAR 2010

Shadow Health Secretary visit Naomi House

Prospective MP Steve Brine brings Andrew Lansley to children's hospice near Winchester.Naomi House children’s hospice welcomed a senior member of David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet today (Weds 3 March 2010).Shadow Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley MP visited the charity, which is based in Sut...


02 MAR 2010

Steve joins Dever Society for election hustings

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine took part in a question time event at the Dever Society's AGM. The Dever Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 1st March 2010 in the Northbrook Hall, Micheldever.  Immediately after the AGM the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor James La...


27 FEB 2010

Alresford Greening campaign hold Low Carbon Fair

Steve Brine joined the Greening Alresford campaign on Saturday for their event, held at Perins School.The Alresford Greening campaign put on a special event on Saturday, February 27 2010.  Their Low Carbon Living Fair brought over 20 environmental stalls, a programme of talks and a debate on cl...


22 FEB 2010

Let's give everyone superfast broadband

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed new Conservative plans to deliver the roll out of superfast broadband.The party has just announced plans to bring speeds of up to 100 Mbps across the area by 2017.Mr Brine said the policy stands in stark contrast to the Government’s new...


18 FEB 2010

Packed meeting hears plans for PO move

New Alresford Town Council hosted a heated meeting to hear about the proposed 'relocation' of Alresford PO.Plans are afoot to 'relocate' Alresford's main Post Office to the Co-Op on West Street.  The Post Office is currently conducting a public consultation on the plans.Post Office ...


05 FEB 2010

Cameron visits Chandler's Ford re-training firm

Steve Brine welcomed David Cameron to the constituency and saw new careers being born at local firm.The Conservative leader visited New Career Skills, based at the Chandler’s Ford Industrial Estate, on Friday afternoon.  NCS was founded in 1998 as a specialist training provider focusing o...


01 FEB 2010

Hantsweb recognition for local websites

  A number of Winchester based organisations have been recognised as finalists in the annual Hantsweb Awards run by Hampshire County Council. The Hantsweb Awards is a unique and prestigious event that promotes and provides recognition of excellence and innovation in website design, accessibil...


31 JAN 2010

Steve to address Dever Society

Prospective Winchester MP will take part in a question time event at the Dever Society's AGM in March. The Dever Society's Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Monday 1st March 2010 in the Northbrook Hall, Micheldever. The Annual General Meeting will only be open to Dever Society mem...


28 JAN 2010

Nick Herbert sees recycling success at Bar End

Shadow Cabinet member visits Winchester with Steve Brine to talk recycling and green issues.Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine welcomed a leading member of David Cameron’s team to Winchester today (Thursday Jan 28 2010).Nick Herbert MP, who is Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural...


22 JAN 2010

Local views overlooked again at Francis Gardens

  Steve Brine reacts angrily to a decision by the Government Inspector to grant permission for 90 houses on greenfield site. Controversial plans to build 90 homes in a Winchester suburb were yesterday (21 January 2010) given the go-ahead.  Government Planning inspector Terry Phillimore...


19 JAN 2010

Major rail works set for City

Heated public meeting hears plans for major disruption in City Centre this Spring at Network Rail continue freight project.Network Rail held a public meeting tonight (19 January 2010) to discuss the three-month closure of Andover Road.  The route will be closed off between 12 April and 12 July ...


18 JAN 2010

Don't write me off!

Steve Brine drops into local NAS branch and backs new campaign from National Autistic Society.Don't Write Me Off is a new campaign from the National Autistic Society to make sure that the benefit system works for people with autism, both supporting those who cannot work and helping those who wan...


18 JAN 2010

Your chance to shape Winchester's future economy

Local people urged to have their say on City Council's draft economic strategy and help us fight recession.As the country climbs slowly out of recession and government spending cuts are predicted, the people of the Winchester District are helping to shape a rather more positive economic approach for...


18 JAN 2010

Steve visits Air Ambulance

Prospective MP meets the team - and the machine - of the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance at its Thruxton base.The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance began operations in July 2007 and has been proving its worth pretty much every day since.  The crew provide an efficient, rapid response to i...


17 JAN 2010

Kings Worthy Eric on 'Rural Hero' shortlist

A much-loved chemist from Kings Worthy has been nominated in a nationwide competition to find the Rural Heroes of 2009.The Countryside Alliance this week announced its five-strong shortlist of Rural Heroes of 2009. Two Hampshire men – one from Emsworth and one from Kings Worthy - will go head ...


08 JAN 2010

Silver Hill trouble as Thornfield goes bust

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine comments on news that Thornfield have been put into administration this week.The City Council has been informed that Thornfield Properties, the Council's development partner in the Silver Hill scheme, has been placed into administration.The council understan...


05 JAN 2010

Pitt Manor application 'within two weeks'

Steve Brine understands proposals for development at Pitt Manor in Winchester are imminent. Residents encouraged to speak out now!Turley Associates held two open sessions at The Tower Arts Centre in September 2009 to show proposals for 200 homes – and a new park-and-ride site – at Pitt M...


04 JAN 2010

Supporting Children's Hospices

Steve Brine has welcomed a new funding system to support children's hospices announced by David Cameron over Christmas. The Prospective MP for Winchester, who has worked closely with the Sutton Scotney based charity Naomi House since they had funds frozen in the Icelandic banking crisis, said h...


01 JAN 2010

Revised scheme for Three Maids Hill comes forward

Controversial plans to host motocross races near Winchester have been changed but local opposition remains. A large number of residents objected last year when proposals were made to Winchester City Council to grant a permanent licence for scrambling events at Three Maids Hill near Winchester...


09 DEC 2009

Family Question Time with local candidates at NCT

Local family man Steve Brine took part in a special Question Time event organised by the Winchester NCT.The Prospective Winchester MP joined political candidates from the other main parties for a question and answer session ahead of the next General Election.  The event was put on by the Winche...


06 DEC 2009

Ho Ho Ho from Santa Fun Run

Steve Brine and his daughter Emily started a special Santa Fun Run in Winchester this morning in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice. The Prospective MP fired the starting gun for the Naomi House Santa Fun Run 2009, held at the Winchester Rugby Club.  Along with Popcorn (the Labrador, who ...


04 DEC 2009

Steve works the tables at Cathedral Refectory

Prospective MP donned his pinny recently to help out over a busy lunchtime at popular Cathedral eatery.Steve Brine spent a shift working tables at the Cathedral Refectory last Friday (December 4 2009).The Refectory is a purpose built restaurant with a high vaulted glass roof and steel structural sup...


04 DEC 2009

TV sports star opens new pitch at Henry Beaufort School

Sky TV celebrity Jeff Stelling returned to Winchester last night to officially open a new floodlit artificial grass sports pitch.Mr Stelling, Sky Sports Soccer Saturday and Countdown presenter and who lives in Alresford, was at Henry Beaufort School in Harestock as the guest of honour at the event, ...


01 DEC 2009

Steve welcomes review of student finance ' at last!

The long-awaited independent review of student finance has been launched and has been welcomed by Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine.The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance was launched on the 9th November 2009. The review is tasked with making recommendations to Go...


01 DEC 2009

Cala finally submit plans for Barton Farm

Developers have submitted long-awaited plans for the huge Barton Farm development, to the dismay of Steve Brine.Cala Homes has applied to the city council for permission to build 2,000 homes on farmland on the northern edge of the city.  It is their second attempt at developing the land having ...


30 NOV 2009

New NHS dentist set to open

Relief could be in store for thousands of local people seeking NHS dental care, with a new practice set to open. Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine welcomed news of the new centre which could treat up to 9,500 people each year according to the Hampshire Primary Care Trust, which is funding the...


29 NOV 2009

Time for a 'Green Deal' says Steve Brine

Prospective local MP gives backing to bold new plans that will help Winchester households protect the environment and save money.Major policy proposals for a Conservative government include giving rewards to householders for recycling their rubbish and also a ‘Green Deal’ providing up to...


28 NOV 2009

Naomi House Santa Fun Run

Steve and his daughter Emily will be officially starting the Santa Fun Run 2009 in aid of Naomi House on Sunday.Sunday (December 6 2009) sees the Santa Fun Run 2009 in aid of Naomi House Children’s Hospice.Emily and I will be officially starting this year’s race at 11am at Winchester Rug...


25 NOV 2009

Call to protect pensioners from benefit change

Steve speaks out angrily against new plans to scrap disability benefits for the elderly in Winchester.Steve Brine, Prospective Conservative MP for the new Winchester & Chandler’s Ford constituency has spoken out against new plans to scrap disability benefits for the elderly. The small prin...


16 NOV 2009

Conservative Party Chairman visits Winchester

Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles MP visited Winchester last week for the annual dinner of the Winchester Conservatives.Around 100 members and supporters met for the event, held at South Winchester Golf Club.Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine, who this week marks three years as the Conserv...


10 NOV 2009

Rat problem identified in Hiltingbury

Residents in Hiltingbury demand action over neglected green space to deal with rats invading local homes.People living near the northern end of Hiltingbury Lakes have joined forces to press Eastleigh Borough Council to restore a neglected area to its former well-managed glory.Residents in the Malcol...


10 NOV 2009

Steve outlines benchmarks for success at Copenhagen

Steve Brine has re-stated his party's views about the upcoming Climate Change conference at Copenhagen in December. With less than 30 days to go, Steve said; "It is vital that a clear message goes out from the UK that there is complete unity of purpose between the British Government and the princ...


02 NOV 2009

Economic recovery seminar for local businesses

Local business owners attend a seminar to help them make the most of opportunities as they emerge from the recession. With the national economy showing signs of recovery, Conservative-led Winchester City Council is inviting businesses to take advantage of expert advice on money management, market...


02 NOV 2009

Alley success in Fulflood after long campaign

Pressure from residents finally pays off as City Council acts over local alleyways in part of city centre.Pressure from residents finally pays off as City Council acts over local alleyways. Another example of City and County “working together and delivering” for local people says Conserv...


02 NOV 2009

Praise for new gardening service from Shaw Trust

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine has praised a new service that is helping older people stay on top of their gardens.Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council are working with the Shaw Trust to provide the subsidised programme for over 60’s, launched in July 2009. Hampshire com...


30 OCT 2009

Making a noise over M3 repairs

Steve Brine says transport bosses are driving villagers in Shawford to distraction as repeated requests to resurface the M3 fall on deaf ears.It has been a constant headache since it fully opened 15 years ago, but has now taken a fresh turn. Having insisted that resurfacing was not needed, the Highw...


28 OCT 2009

Housing benefit system fails vulnerable tenants

  Steve Brine has issued a stark warning that changes to housing benefit rules are harming the most vulnerable tenants and actually reducing the availability of affordable accommodation. Speaking after a special session of the Winchester Town Forum (Weds 28 October 2009), which focused on the...


20 OCT 2009

Raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer

Prospective local MP Steve Brine was in the House of Commons recently to lend his support to the charity, Ovarian Cancer Action.They held a reception at the Houses of Parliament (Tuesday October 20 2009) to launch the charity’s Remember the Symptoms campaign.   It calls on MPs a...


19 OCT 2009

Parents shock at childcare voucher plans

Many local parents have expressed anger and shock at Government plans to scrap tax relief on childcare vouchers. Gordon Brown announced recently that he will axe childcare vouchers, with which employees can pay up to £55 per week of childcare costs out of their gross income, to make way for...