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Kieran James

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

10-man Eastleigh draw 1-1 despite Ebbsfleet missing two penalties

Ebbsfleet moved off the bottom of the National League table after drawing 1-1 with 10-man Eastleigh but missed two penalties that cost them all three points at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1,715 spectators. The visitors opened the scoring after five minutes when Myles Weston swept home from 10 yards. Ben Strevens’ Spitfires levelled…

Live Review: Dick Whittington at The Theatre Royal Winchester

It’s Panto Season, and if you love a good pantomime at Christmas, Dick Whittington at The Theatre Royal Winchester won’t disappoint – by Elaine Colley. This traditional family pantomime, was so much fun, full of jokes, original songs, audience participation and plenty of adult humor to! The pantomime, tells the story of a man who seeks his…

Eastleigh lose 2-0 at home to Wrexham

Relegation threatened Wrexham picked up a welcome 2-0 victory over Ben Strevens’ Eastleigh  to move off the bottom of the National League at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1,542 fans. Wrexham led on 16 minutes when Omari Patrick finished from close range after James Jennings’ precise cross. Patrick then calmly converted on 41 minutes…

Audiences rave about Dick Whittington!

At the weekend Theatre Royal Winchester hosted the first performances of its traditional family pantomime, Dick Whittington, and audiences have been raving about it ever since, emailing the theatre with praise and commenting on social media. The pantomime, which tells the story of a man who seeks his fame and fortune in a London ravaged…

Eastleigh earn FA Cup replay in 1-1 draw at home to Crewe

Marcus Barnes came off the bench to earn National League Eastleigh an FA Cup second-round replay against League Two high-fliers Crewe Alexandra in front of 1,806 spectators at The Silverlake Stadiim. The forward, on loan from Southampton. tapped in on the goalline moments after coming on to put Ben Strevens’ side into the third-round hat…

Spend Christmas with The Spitfire Sisters

Theatre Royal Winchester celebrates Christmas in style with The Spitfire Sisters who return to their home-town with a festive show on Thursday 19 December. The three-part vocal harmony group – known for singing classics from the 1940s and modern songs with a vintage twist – will perform seasonal songs in their traditional vintage style, including…

Strictly Come Dancing stars come to Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will enjoy two original shows from stars of the popular TV series – Ian Waite, Vincent Simone and Neil Jones – coming to Theatre Royal Winchester next year. Ian and Vincent appear next May with a brand new show, Act 2 – The Ballroom Boys, featuring old-fashioned variety, dance,…

Eastleigh hold on to 3-2 win at home to Torquay

Three goals in 11 first-half minutes were enough for Ben Strevens’ Eastleigh as they held on to beat Torquay United. It was a bumper Tuesday night crowd of 1,888 as the club offered a special offer for students to attend the Silverlake Stadium. After a lively start, the Spitfires were awarded a penalty after 23…

Barton Peveril’s Young Author

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Michael Leppan has published his first two books. The 17-year-old College student released his self-help books Breaking Bad Habits and Eat for Success, in print and e-book form, this year. Leppan, who recently moved to the United Kingdom from South Africa in 2018, began writing to inspire and educate…

Ben Williamson leaves Eastleigh for league rivals Bromley

Eastleigh confirmed today that striker Ben Williamson has left the club on a transfer today, after agreeing terms with fellow National League side Bromley. Williamson spent three years with the Spitfires after signing from Cambridge United in August 2017. He went on to make 102 appearances for the club, netting 19 goals in that time.…

Dick Whittington rehearsals now underway

The cast of Theatre Royal Winchester’s pantomime Dick Whittington are now in rehearsals, preparing themselves to take to the stage on Saturday 30 November. Dick Whittington tells the story of a man who seeks his fortune in a London tormented by rats, and stars Ed Thorpe in the lead role. Ed returns to Winchester after…

Eastleigh cruise past 10 men Stourbridge in FA Cup First Round

Eastleigh booked an FA Cup second-round tie at home to League Two side Crewe after seeing off 10-man Stourbridge in front of 1,509 spectators at The Silverlake Stadium. After the Spitfires side had the better of an entertaining first half, Eastleigh led when Scott Rendell scored from the spot after Sam Smart was brought down…

Eastleigh College Annual Awards Event

Learners, staff, governors and representatives from business and industry joined together to celebrate at Eastleigh College’s annual awards ceremony at Eastleigh’s The Silverlake Stadium. The annual event, which was organised by Eastleigh College’s Event Management students, recognised the talents of staff, students and industry partners for their exceptional work during the last academic year. Nine…

Road closures for Eastleigh’s Christmas Lights Switch-On

Eastleigh town centre is counting down to its Christmas Lights Switch-On & Family Fun Day this Saturday 16 November, ending with the popular Light Parade and a spectacular fireworks display. The event, which gets under way at 11am, brings entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, live music, food and drink, and even a mini-farm for the children, to…