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Kieran James

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

Musical Theatre Students Secure Top Places

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College’s Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) students have progressed onto a record number of prestigious Conservatoires, around the country. 11 of the course’s students have secured places in competitive Conservatoires, renowned for their limited number of places and large number of applicants, and a further five have progressed onto a range of…

Live Review: An Evening with John Challis at Winchester Theatre Royal

‘Only Fools and Boycie’ Comedy actor, John Challis, took his one-off show, Only Fools and Boycie, to Theatre Royal Winchester last Friday as fans sat patiently and chuckled to his fascinating yet humorous stories. Challis, who is best known for, Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce, in the long-running comedy about two dodgy dealers, shared stories from on set and…

Eastleigh win 3-2 away to Torquay United in stoppage time

Substitute Tom Bearwish struck a stoppage-time winner as Eastleigh came from behind to beat Torquay at Plainmoor in the National League. The 19-year-old had only just come onto the pitch when he tapped home after being found by Marcus Barnes to claim his first senior goal. Ben Whitfield had given Torquay the lead 10 minutes…

Eastleigh lose 3-1 away to AFC Fylde

AFC Fylde ended a run of seven National League games without a win as they cruised to a 3-1 victory at home to fellow strugglers Eastleigh. Fylde, who had not tasted victory since winning two of their first three matches, were ahead after 34 minutes as Dan Bradley latched on to Danny Rowe’s flick forward…

Wacky Southampton fun run raises over £10,000 for local hospices

Naomi House & Jacksplace recently held their very first 5k Mix Up fun run at Fairthorne Manor, Southampton, which raised over £10,000 for the charity. Over 350 people took part in the event, including Naomi House families, nurses, carers, supporters and the local community. Participants were dunked in gunge, pelted with colourful powdered paint and…

A quartet suitable for a Queen at Vue Eastleigh

Vue Eastleigh was host to a string quartet that Queen Mary and King George V themselves would have been impressed with to celebrate the release of Downton Abbey on the big screen. The film’s opening night was a classy affair with the Kaleidoscope String Quartet playing a series of melodies inspired by the British drama.…

Eastleigh beat Fleet Spurs in Hampshire Senior Cup

A wonder goal from Eastleigh academy’s Liam Callaghan was the pick of the bunch as Eastleigh ran out deserved 3-0 winners against Fleet Spurs in the Hampshire Senior Cup second round. Goals from Scott Rendell and Sam Smart helped ensure the Spitfires, who featured a number of academy players, progress into the third round of…

Peter Pan set to be Southampton’s Mayflower annual pantomime

Mayflower Theatre earlier in the year announced that Marti Pellow will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime Peter Pan from Saturday 14 December (until 5th January 2020) playing the role of the evil Captain Hook opposite television and stage star Darren Day, Union J singer Jaymi Hensley and the hilarious Grumbleweeds.  The hugely…

Eastleigh earn point at home to Bromley

Second half substitute Cavanagh Miley scored a late equaliser as high-flying Bromley were held to a 1-1 draw by Ben Strevens’ Spitfires. Former Spitfire Luke Coulson’s first goal of the season had unbeaten Bromley on course for all three points but Miley struck with five minutes left. Eastleigh went close to an opener in the…

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.…