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Emmaus Hampshire is celebrating the people who made Eastleigh with a poster campaign in its Eastleigh store; situated at 15 Leigh Road, throughout the summer holidays.

The charity has commissioned a series of window posters based on historic photos in the collection of Eastleigh and District Local History Society. Two posters will be hung in the store window each week of the summer holiday from Monday 25 July.

Nigel Samuels, chief executive of Emmaus Hampshire says, “Emmaus is a social enterprise; we look after local people who face homelessness and give them hope and skills for a better future. In 2022, as the town recovers from the Covid pandemic, companions at the Emmaus Eastleigh store want to celebrate the people and the spirit of togetherness which has made this town great.”

Since the advent of the railways, Eastleigh has been associated with the manufacture and distribution of well-designed, well-produced experiences – whether locomotives, aircraft and air travel, communications cables, artisan food and drink and far more. The town has also been a place of solidarity. People have made the community just as much as they have made the economy.

The charity is keen to hear residents’ own stories about the history and growth of the town, particularly relating to the development of community and solidarity with others. Nathan, one of the Emmaus Companions who manages the Eastleigh charity shop, grew up in the town. His family are in one of the pictures displayed. If you have family memories or a picture of your own, please pop into the charity’s shop and share them with the team there who are creating an audio record to accompany the exhibition.

Residents can view the changing display at Emmaus Eastleigh, 15 Leigh Road, SO50 9FF between 25 July and Saturday 3 September.

 

Emmaus Companion Nathan’s grandparents feature in this Coronation party picture from 1953. Do you recognise any other people who lived in Robin Square at the time?

Emmaus Hampshire provides a unique solution to homelessness, providing vibrant and thriving social enterprise community that provides a home and meaningful work experience to homeless individuals to secure their entry back into society www.emmaus.org.uk/hampshire

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