Hamble’s Southern Foreshore is all set for summer following the completion of a Parish Council-led project to replace 16 benches overlooking the River Hamble.
The project was completed on time and within budget, with Eastleigh Borough Council contributing £40,000 towards the benches and a further £2,445 for the planters and plants complementing the seats.
The benches will be the subject of an official ribbon-cutting ceremony by Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Nicholas Couldrey on Wednesday 1 June at 12.15pm, as part of Hamble’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Councillor Couldrey will also dedicate a specially planted Hawthorn tree to the Queen at the Foreshore to mark her 70-year reign.
In a double-celebration, Jack Jarvis, the world-record beating sailor from Hamble, will also attend the ceremony, where his recent world-first of rowing 4,500 nautical miles solo and unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of Brainstrust will be marked by the dedication of one of the new benches.
Hamble Parish Council Chairman Simon Hand commented: “The new benches and planters are a lovely improvement to the Foreshore and have been installed just in time for our residents and visitors to enjoy during the warmer weather. The Foreshore is one of the most popular areas of the village for families, walkers, and sailors alike, and there really is no better place to look out over the River while enjoying a drink or ice cream from one of our fantastic cafes or pubs.”