Website will keep Southbourne in touch

RESIDENTS in Southbourne can now keep up to date with what’s going on in the area thanks to a new village website.

Villager Ruth Heelan came up with the idea for Southbourne Online at www.southbourneonline.co.uk after realising the need to promote village activities.

She said: “It’s no good having the best of anything if no one knows about it. So that’s where the website comes in. We need to tell people what’s going on. Our neighbouring villages are very good at promoting their community; we have been a bit tardy, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a very strong community, it just mean we have to promote it.

“In case you wonder why I am doing this, I just have a very strong sense of community. I’m not religious or politically motivated, I just believe that having a really good community spirit and network can enhance and improve our quality of life and in some cases change people’s attitude.”

The website has a directory of local businesses and organisation, a news page and an events calendar as well as some background information about Southbourne and its history.