Video. The Christmas turkey will be a must for most families this festive season, but not everyone in these times of austerity can afford them - so a farmer has stepped in to help. Andy Dickenson talked to turkey farmer Anthony Harris and Maggie Simons, director of Family Support Work.
Smokers in Dorset are being urged to save money and enjoy better health this Christmas by quitting. There are nearly 30,000 smokers in Bournemouth, and more than 20,000 in Poole. Smokefree South West says that quitting can save the average smoker almost £2,000 a year.
Don’t let your car or home become a crime scene this Christmas. That's the warning from the Winchester Community Safety Partnership.
Residents are being reminded that criminals are also on the look out for presents during the seasonal period.
They're offering some advice on protecting your valuables.
• Make sure doors and windows are secure when you leave your home, even if only for a short time.
• Don’t be tempted to return Christmas shopping bags to your car halfway through the day as you don’t know who is watching.
• Leaving the boxes from your Christmas presents next to your bins tells criminals what lovely new valuables you have in your home. Take large boxes to refuse sites or break them down and put them inside your bin.
– Sergeant Richard Holland from Winchester Police Station
Having your home or car entered by a thief is never a pleasant experience but it can be much worse around Christmas time when you have spent time and money choosing presents for your loved ones only for someone else to come along and steal them. We hope that residents and visitors to Winchester this Christmas will take time to think about our messages and hopefully prevent their home or car becoming a crime scene this year.”
Video. You may think it is too early to be thinking about presents, decorations and lights - but not according to one town in the South East. Tenterden, in Kent, had its 'switch on' this weekend. Sangeeta talked to Jonathan Medes from the local Chamber of Commerce.
There are just 22 weeks to go until Christmas! But the festive season has come early for a company in Sittingbourne in Kent. They're sifting through thousands of drawings sent in by school children, in a contest to find a design for this year's Christmas stamp from Royal Mail
Despite the sweltering conditions outside - tinsel, trees and Santa hats are the order of the day on the sorting line. David Johns went to have a look.
The body of Shrewton pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte has been found washed up in Kent. He disappeared earlier this month along with the £29,000 Christmas savings fund from the Royal Oak pub. He boarded a ferry to France from Portsmouth but didn't arrive in St Malo.
Formal identification of his body took place today. Villagers in Shrewton managed to raise enough donations before Christmas to replace the missing savings.
Thousands of people across the South are expected take to the roads, rails and airports today as the Christmas Getaway begins for many.
Gatwick alone is expecting one and a half million passengers to pass through the airport over the festive period.
Santa and his reindeer will be at the West Sussex terminals along with carol singers to get passengers in the Christmas spirit!