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Kieran James

NCTJ trained. Previously Assistant Community Reporter for The News, Portsmouth. Sport and gig reviews are my passion.

Eastleigh lose 2-0 away to Dagenham & Redbridge

Eastleigh’s play-off chances suffered another setback as Dagenham & Redbridge beat The Spitfires 2-0 on Good Friday.. Goals from Ollie Harfield and Chike Kandi either side of half-time consigned seventh-placed Eastleigh to a fourth defeat in five games. Dagenham & Redbridge went ahead in the 44th minute when Angelo Balanta’s cross was diverted home by Harfield. The hosts doubled the lead seven minutes…

La Boheme comes to Theatre Royal

Fans of opera, and lovers of musicals, should enjoy a new English version of Puccini’s La Boheme, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 2 May. La Boheme tells the story of a group of graduates as they party, bicker, try to make ends meet, and follow their dreams. Aspiring novelist Rodolfo faces a…

Swan Lake heads to Winchester

Ballet enthusiasts will be left captivated by Ballet Theatre UK’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 30 April. One of the most enduring classical ballets, Swan Lake is a story filled with romance, sorcery and betrayal about a princess who is held captive as a swan after an…

Alistair McGowan to stun Winchester with piano

Comedian Alistair McGowan – best known for his impressions of celebrities such as David Beckham, Jonathan Ross and Gary Lineker – shines on the piano in his inspirational show, Introductions to Classical Piano, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 4 May. Last year McGowan found chart-topping success with his debut album, The Piano…

Barton Peveril Celebrate Pride

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College hosted its annual Pride, celebrating diversity and inclusion amongst its student community. Students planned and organised the event, which featured games, a glitter and face paint stand, live music, and a Bake Sale raising money for Breakout Youth – a local LGBTQ+ support charity for teenagers in Hampshire and the…

Eastleigh beat Gateshead 1-0 at home

Reda Johnson struck the only goal as Eastleigh got their National League play-off bid back on track by beating Gateshead 1-0 at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1698 spectators. Ben Strevens’ Spitfires had gone into the game on the back of three successive defeats but took the lead in the 15th minute when defender…

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Hugely-popular TV comedian, Paul Merton, takes to the stage for an evening of improvisation at Theatre Royal Winchester on Monday 29 April. Paul Merton’s Impro Chums sees the Have I Got News For You regular appear with a host of comics with a wealth of TV, radio and writing credits, for a night of incredibly…

Barton Peveril’s Pole2Pole Challengers

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students competed in the BlottMatthews Pole2Pole Challenge final, on Saturday 23rd March. The two Barton Peveril teams both received special merit prizes and each received £100 in prize money. The BlottMatthews Pole2Pole Challenge is an engineering competition, where students have to find a way to transport a one tonne load…

Students raise £3,000 at Mayors Charity Dinner

After being approached directly by the Eastleigh Mayor’s office, Eastleigh College Events Management students worked in collaboration with its Hospitality and Catering learners to deliver a successful gala dinner for the Mayors Appeal. The evening, which was hosted at The Botley Park Hotel, saw over 100 guests gather in order to raise money for the…

Eastleigh lost 3-2 away to league leaders Leyton Orient

  Leyton Orient twice came from behind to secure all three points in a thrilling win over Ben Streven’s Eastleigh to move top of the National League table. Eastleigh took the lead in the sixth minute through Paul McCallum, moments after the striker had seen a header cleared off the line. Soon after Josh Koroma…

Pollution monitoring system wins government funding

Government funding for an innovative system to monitor air quality has been won by Eastleigh Borough Council. The award of £58,750, from Defra’s Air Quality Grant, will pay for 25 mobile air quality and traffic monitors as part of a targeted programme around the Borough. The award is the full amount applied for by the…

Barton Peveril Perform for the National Theatre

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students have taken part in National Theatre Connections 2019. Second year Performing Arts: Acting students performed Chaos, a play written by Laura Lomas and commissioned especially for the Connections showcase, twice in the College’s Rose Theatre and then in Bognor Regis’ Alexandra Theatre. National Theatre Connections sees students from throughout…

Eastleigh lose 4-2 away to AFC Fylde

AFC Fylde turned around an early two-goal deficit to beat Eastleigh 4-2 at Mill Farm in front of 1525 spectators. A firm header past Jay Lynch by Alex Wynter – the defender’s second goal in three games – gave the visitors an early lead. Paul McCallum then rose to nod in Eastleigh’s second. The Coasters…

Portsmouth set to hold Tattoo Festival this weekend

Portsmouth Tattoo Fest returns to the shores of Portsmouth this weekend (April 6th & 7th) to bring you some of the best tattoo artists from all over the country. This 2 day event will take place at the Pyramids centre and will set to feature live tattooing from 65+ World Class Artists! Live music will…

Barton Peveril’s Footballing Champions

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College’s 2nd and 3rd Football Teams have won the Peter Munro Cup and Steve Perkins Cup, respectively. Both finals took place at Sparsholt College, on Wednesday 4th April. The 2nd Team played a closely fought match against Farnborough College of Technology, winning 4-3 on penalties, and are the first ever 2nd…