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Kieran James

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

Showstopper! set to take place in Winchester

Fans of the spontaneous and unpredictable will enjoy the hilarious and clever Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 26 September. Created on the spot from audience suggestions, each show is new and unique. The company, The Showstoppers, asks theatre-goers for the genre and setting of the story and in…

Interview: TV’s Susie Dent talks upcoming show

Countdown’s Queen of Dictionary Corner Susie Dent is set to take her ‘The Secret Lives of Words’ tour to Hampshire next month as the lexicographer and best selling author will be at The Lights, Andover on Tuesday 8th October. Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use…

Barton Peveril’s National Essay Writing Champio

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Myah Ojla has won the University of Cambridge Robinson College Essay Prize 2019. Myah’s essay was one of a large pool of entries submitted by students in their first year of sixth form college, from around the country. The competition, aimed at students interested in progressing to University and…

Cinema set to celebrate new Downton Abbey movie in style

Vue Eastleigh is hosting a truly spectacular night to celebrate the eagerly awaited Downton Abbey film, released September 13. The evening will feature a string quartet performing glorious melodies as customers arrive as well as themed costumes. It is sure to get you in the mood to step into the elegant world of Downton Abbey.…

Eastleigh draw 1-1 away to Ebbsfleet United

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires picked up a point with an away draw against Ebbsfleet United on Saturday. The hosts started the National League campaign with five straight defeats but have since lost just one of five. They should have led early on but Alex Reid blasted over from six yards after being set up by Josh…

Netley’s Chapel Sessions set to welcome back Claude Bourbon

Claude Bourbon returns to Chapel Sessions (St Edwards Church, Netley) on Friday 13th September with his own unique blend of Medieval and Spanish Blues Guitar. Singer/songwriter Claude extensively tours in Europe and USA so they are really pleased that he could fit in Chapel Sessions this year. It is very hard to describe the almost…

More Fans Enjoy Vitality Blast At The Ageas Bowl Than Ever Before

Hampshire Cricket are pleased to announce this summer’s Vitality Blast saw more fans, especially families and under 17s, attend fixtures at the Ageas Bowl than ever before. A 32% year-on-year increase in average attendance was seen at Hampshire’s T20 matches at the Ageas Bowl this season, whilst many of the fans in attendance were new…

An Evening with John Challis to set take place in Winchester

Comedy actor, John Challis, reveals secrets from behind the scenes of one of Britain’s most beloved TV series, Only Fools and Horses, in his one-off show, Only Fools and Boycie, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Friday 20 September. Challis, who is best known for playing second-hand car dealer, Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce, in the…

Clare Teal and her trio perform the very best in swing and jazz

Jazz and swing enthusiasts will delight in this brand-new show by Clare Teal and her Trio, who head to Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 19 September, for the opening night of the Winchester Jazz Festival 2019. The award-winning jazz vocalist and her group present a host of classics from the Great American and British Song…

Eastleigh win 2-0 at home to Boreham Wood

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires bounced back from their last-gasp loss to Barnet by beating 10-man Boreham Wood 2-0 last night in front of 1,641 spectators at The Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh, who conceded a goal four minutes into stoppage time on Saturday, put that to one side by taking a sixth-minute lead, Ben Williamson making no mistake…

Naomi House & Jacksplace Fire Walk returns

Due to popular demand, Naomi House & Jacksplace is bringing its Fire Walk event back to the Holiday Inn in Winchester this October. Following the success of the charity’s February Fire Walk, on Friday 25th October from 6pm, Naomi House & Jacksplace is challenging its bravest supporters to walk over 649 degree hot coals to raise…

Eastleigh sign Charlie Seaman on loan from Bournemouth

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires have signed 19 year old right-back Charlie Seaman on loan from AFC Bournemouth ahead of their home game to Boreham Wood on Tuesday. A member of Bournemouth’s Under 21s squad this season, Seaman joins Eastleigh until January from the Premier League outfit. Seaman has had previous experience out on loan at Weymouth…

Barton Peveril Set for State-of-the-Art Science Centre Extension

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College have unveiled the extension to its £5m Science Centre. The £1.5 million extension has added three state-of-the-art laboratories and three additional classroom-teaching spaces to the building, which already consisted of nine laboratories, prep-rooms, classroom-teaching and computer-study spaces, and a café. The Science Centre was increased to accommodate the rising number…

Eastleigh lose 2-1 at home to Barnet

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires were defeated 2-1 at home to Barnet yesterday at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1,922 spectators. Substitute Shaquile Coulthirst scored a late winner for the visitors as Barnet extended their unbeaten run to four games thanks to a bit of late drama in a narrow 2-1 National League victory over 10-man…

The Point secures £585,000 Arts Council England funding

An award of £585,000 for a project designed to boost career pathways for future leaders in the arts has been won by The Point, Eastleigh, in collaboration with seven South West based cultural organisations and the University of Southampton. The funding is part of Arts Council England’s mission to address the gender imbalance in senior…