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Kieran James

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

Virtual gigs from local musicians raise over £1,500 for Naomi House & Jacksplace

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On Monday 30th March, Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s hospice charity for seriously ill children and young adults, launched Naomi & Jack’s Sessions, a series of virtual charity gigs on Facebook Live. The first set of musicians, who streamed live from their own Facebook and Instagram pages, were Matisse, lead vocalist of FLOWVERS and…

Helping Eastleigh residents stay physically fit – and in good mental health

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During the coronavirus lockdown Advice and other resources for residents staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, that focuses as much on mental wellbeing as physical health, has been developed by Eastleigh Borough Council. Eastleigh Borough Council have been working on ways to support residents during the coronavirus pandemic by offering advice on health and…

Local student secures Deck Officer cadetship

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Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Matthew Steward has secured a Deck Officer Cadetship, with sponsorship from Swiss global cruise line MSC Cruises. Steward will complete the course over three years, with a mixture of onshore training in Scotland and offshore training across the globe. A Deck Officer is responsible for passage planning, safely navigating…

Hat Fair 2020 cancelled

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Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity that runs Hat Fair, Theatre Royal Winchester and Playmakers, has announced that Hat Fair 2020 has been cancelled due to the national and international spread of Coronavirus. Andrew Loretto, Hat Fair Director comments ‘It is a sad decision to postpone our wonderful Hat Fair 2020 programme to…

Naomi House Jacksplace frees up NHS beds in COVID-19 response

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Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s specialist hospice charity for children and young adults, has reopened its state of the art hospice for young adults, Jacksplace, to take in adult patients from local hospitals to support the NHS in the fight against COVID-19. The charity, which last week announced it was temporarily suspending its respite…

Former Barton Peveril Student Nominated for Rookie of the Year in USA

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  Barton Peveril Sixth Form College alumnus Ken Pryde has been nominated for 2020 Male Rookie of the Year after a successful first season playing football for The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America. Pryde, who originates from Fareham and studied at Brookfield Community School before joining Barton Peveril in…

Naomi House & Jacksplace team up with local music community to launch live virtual charity gig

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Tonight (Monday 30th March), Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s hospice charity for seriously ill children and young adults, is launching ‘Naomi & Jack’s Sessions’, a series of virtual charity gigs on Facebook Live. The charity is launching this new fundraising campaign in collaboration with musicians across the south, who will live stream a gig…

Barton Peveril’s Digital Innovator Shortlisted For National Award

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Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Learning Support Tutor Laura Stephens has been shortlisted for the Pearson Digital Innovator of the Year Award, in the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020.  Stephens was shortlisted for the award following her work using assistive technology to remove barriers to learning, fostering independence in the classroom and in exams amongst…

17 year old from Eastleigh shaves off Afro for local children’s hospice

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Last Saturday, 17 year old Jack Purkiss, from Eastleigh, voluntarily had his Afro shaved off to raise money for his local hospices for children and young adults, Naomi House & Jacksplace. Jack has supported the Winchester-based hospice charity over the years via various charity events with his band, so decided to support the hospices again…

Southampton players on local hospice charity single

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Danny Ings and Jack Stephens, players for Premier League club, Southampton FC, have recently been featured playing guitar on Naomi House & Jacksplace’s charity single, Forevermore! Danny and Jack got involved in the Forevermore Song Project after their guitar teacher, Aidan Hampson, was involved in the original recording of the song. Aidan is in the Southampton-based…

Eastleigh lose 4-0 away to Notts County

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Notts County ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners against Eastleigh – a National League contest that became the biggest match in English football following the suspension of the Premier League and English Football League. With the non-league competition giving teams the green light to play despite the coronavirus pandemic, five 15:00 GMT kick-offs went ahead in…