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Kieran James

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

Hedge End Church to take part in global ‘wave of prayer’

Members of the congregation of St Luke’s Church, Hedge End are inviting people to join them in saying the Lord’s Prayer while also taking part in various activities to take away, draw, and reflect upon the power of prayer. The congregation in Hedge End is joining with other churches Southampton and across Hampshire in a…

Charity donation is bloomin’ marvellous

A charity event at Haskins in West End has helped to raise £1,000 for local charity Wessex Heartbeat. The Rotary Club of Southampton Magna put on a special event at the garden centre in April in aid of the heart charity and Myositis UK. Guests enjoyed a meal and discounts on products, as well as…

Eastleigh lose Paul McCallum to rivals Solihull Moors

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires today confirmed that Paul McCallum has turned down his offer of a new contract. The club added on Facebook: ‘We wish Paul well for the future and thank him for his efforts whilst at the club.’ McCallum has since joined National League rivals Solihull Moors and the club posted this on Twitter…

Theatre Royal invites kids to host of summer events

The Theatre Royal has announced an exciting programme of performances and activities for children and teenagers to get involved with over the summer months. Fans of the gruesome and gory will revel in the nasty bits of British history when a stage adaptation of Terry Deary’s internationally best-selling children’s book series, Horrible Histories takes to…

Eastleigh announce pre-season schedule

Eastleigh Football Club confirmed yesterday their opponents for pre-season ahead of the 2019/20 Motorama National League Season. Ben Strevens will initially take his side to Blackfield and Langley FC on Saturday 6th of July at the Gang Warily Ground. Last season Blackfield and Langley won the Southern League Division One title during the 2018/19 season…

Peter Symonds students profit from hands-on business experience

A group of students studying business at Peter Symonds College had some real life experience running their own companies – complete with an entrepreneurial investor. Students on the Level 2 Business course took part in the #enRich50 challenge to set up and run a mini company from a loan of £50. Students formed companies and…

Lashes Lunch Raises More Than £30,000 For Charity

The fourth Lashes Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show held at the Ageas Bowl, organised in support of Hampshire Cricket in the Community and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), has raised more than £30,000. A fabulous day was had by all at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl with more than 350 ladies of Hampshire…

Barton Peveril’s 200 First Aiders

200 Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students have completed their First Aid at Work course, as part of the College’s Q-XTRA programme. The course qualifies them for three years, providing them with all the skills to deliver life-saving First Aid. The students study a range of subjects at Barton Peveril, selecting the course as part…

Local children to join West End stars at Theatre Royal

Pupils of a local city theatre school are getting ready to join the stars of the musical, Les Miserables, when The Barricade Boys take to the stage of Theatre Royal Winchester on Friday 7 June. Stagecoach Winchester has announced that a group of their young students will perform with the West End cast of actor…

Local dancer set to impress with world-renowned ballet company

A local girl who now performs with a world-famous ballet company is excited to be returning home to star in Ballet Central’s performance at Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 4 June. Molly Shaw-Downie, 19, from Shawford, in Winchester, is ready to impress audiences when this exciting spectacle – showcasing the talent of the graduate dancers…

Naval ship offers Bond of Friendship to Naomi House

The newest of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales, will support the region’s specialist hospices for children and young adults, Naomi House & Jacksplace, for the life of the ship. The Ship’s Company of the 65,000 tonne vessel have affirmed a Bond of Friendship with the hospices, meaning current and…

Golf day charity event for Wessex Heartbeat

The memory of a much-loved regular at Alresford Golf Club is set to be honoured with a charity golf day in May. Scot Buchan was a keen golfer and long-time supporter of Wessex Heartbeat before he passed away following a cardiac arrest in August 2018. After his death, the golf society announced that it would…

Record year for Peter Symonds Sports Teams

Students from a variety of sports teams at Peter Symonds College are celebrating an impressive range of achievements in the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Sporting Championships and Cup Finals. Fifty-eight students from Symonds competed at the Association of Colleges National Sporting Championships in Nottingham, the largest team representing the South East, competing in eleven…

The Point set to premier new show ‘Anima’

Joli Vyann are a performance company that present an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theatre – blurring the boundaries of dance and circus skills. Their brand new performance Anima, Latin for breath, life and soul explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all. Joli Vyann acclaimed…

Barton Peveril’s Therapy Dog

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College have begun bringing in a Therapy Dog to help students with their mental health. The Therapy Dog’s first week falls during the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week, 13th – 19th May 2019, and is one way the College’s Health and Wellbeing Team are supporting students in the build…