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Kieran James

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

Eastleigh beat Dover Athletic 4-1

Harry Pritchard grabbed a birthday goal to help Eastleigh claim a first win of the National League season with a 4-1 thrashing of Dover. The Spitfires had the points wrapped up at half-time after treating the home fans to four goals in the opening 45 minutes. Ryan Hill made the breakthrough midway through the first…

Families flock to Eastleigh and Hedge End for the return of Unwrapped

Thousands of families soaked up the sunshine and the pleasure of shared live arts experience at the weekend as free outdoor festival Eastleigh Unwrapped returned.  This year’s event, organised by The Point Eastleigh and supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and Arts Council England, brought a fun weekend schedule of high quality live performance to Leigh…

Council reminds parents to ‘park considerately’

Eastleigh Borough Council is reminding parents and guardians to make sure they park properly and responsibly when dropping off/collecting their children from school as the new school year gets underway. We have already received a number of reports from schools in the borough regarding inconsiderate and in some cases dangerous parking outside schools.  We will…

The Ageas Bowl To Host Two Huge England Internationals In 2022

The Ageas Bowl To Host Two Huge England Internationals In 2022 – Ballot Open For Ticket Applications The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced its Men’s Major Match Schedule for 2022, with confirmation that The Ageas Bowl will host two Vitality IT20s. England Men will visit the home of Hampshire Cricket for…

Eastleigh held to 3-3 draw at home to King’s Lynn Town

Substitute Brett McGavin struck a late leveller as King’s Lynn Town twice fought back to earn a 3-3 draw at Eastleigh in the National League. The Spitfires, who had lost both their opening games without scoring, made a flying start to lead 2-0 inside nine minutes. Linnets defender Pierce Bird turned the ball into his…

Park Sport helped children and young people reconnect this summer

The Park Sport 2021 programme helped children and young people reconnect with sports – and with each other – this summer. It was back to business for the Council SportWorks team’s summer holiday activity programme, with the annual Park Sport programme able to go ahead in a more familiar format (due to Covid restrictions easing) across…

Online free webinar on Freeports and their benefits

In March’s budget speech, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced eight Freeports across England to support the UK to make the most of its post-Brexit opportunities and to deliver on its pledge of ‘levelling up’ regions across the UK. In partnership with Solent Freeport – one of the eight – the Institute of Export & International Trade…

Council provides local non-profit making community groups with up to £1,000 grants

Community grants of up to £1,000 are being distributed to a range of non-profit making organisations by Eastleigh Borough Council. Recipients include community groups, voluntary organisations, trusts, friendly societies, social enterprises and community interest companies. Priority is given to groups whose aims reflect the Council’s priorities of promoting health, prosperity, the environment, and community development…

Monthly village market launches in Hamble

A new monthly market begins on Friday 20 August in Hamble village as part of the Eastleigh Borough Council’s Borough Markets scheme, an initiative to encourage residents to shop locally. The Hamble market will host some of the same stalls as the current weekly market that takes place on the former Budgens site in Hedge…

Tickets on sale for Eastleigh Film Festival

Eastleigh Film Festival is back for 2021, bringing a full week’s schedule of screenings to unique and unusual locations across the Borough. Tickets are on sale now for the festival line-up from Monday 13th – Saturday 18th September. Following last year’s drive-in cinema at Itchen Valley Country Park, the festival heads into the dark, dark…

Barton Peveril Students Celebrate Results

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College is celebrating its A Level and Level 3 results, with a 99.68% A Level and 100% Level 3 pass rate, on Tuesday 10th August 2021. Of the A Level entries, 84% were graded A*-C, 62% A*-B, and 34% A*-A. Speaking on the success of this year’s students, Barton Peveril Principal,…

Tom Whelan joins Spitfires

Eastleigh have signed midfielder Tom Whelan, on a permanent basis. The 25-year-old midfielder joins the Spitfires following his departure from National League rivals, Chesterfield. Whelan enjoyed a successful 2020/21 campaign with the Spireites, after joining them in January from Weymouth. He scored eight goals in 34 games across both clubs, with five of those strikes…

Barton Peveril Alumnus Helps Unemployed

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College alumnus Reece Black has been helping young adults in the community find employment, after joining social enterprise Digisheds. The social enterprise helps unemployed 16 to 30 year olds, who are typically underrepresented or overlooked, access the career ladder through a digital skills and personal development programme.  Digisheds enhances the career…