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Kieran James

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

Southampton schools install life-saving cardiac equipment

Calmore junior and infants schools in Southampton have taken delivery of a defibrillator, thanks to support from Wessex Heartbeat. Defibrillators give a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest, a potentially life-saving action. And the local charity has worked with New Forest District Council to arrange installation of…

Ten-man Eastleigh lost 3-0 at home to Barnet

Ten-man Spitfires missed the chance to go give five points clear off of a play-off spot after a hot-tempered 3-0 defeat at home to Barnet in front of 1579 fans at The Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens, who use to play for Barnet, was left empty handed as side could have climbed to fifth…

Oscar Wilde stands trial at Theatre Royal

Fans of Oscar Wilde and courtroom dramas will get to experience the playwright’s 1895 trial when the court transcripts are brought to life in the highly acclaimed play, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 25 April to Saturday 27 April. Written by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland, and presented…

U17s Go Free For Hampshire’s 50-Over Curtain-Raiser This Easter

Hampshire Cricket are pleased to confirm that U17s will go free at Hampshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup fixture against Glamorgan on Friday 19th April. All youngsters aged 16 or under will be permitted free admission to the first home match of the 50-over competition on Easter Bank Holiday weekend as James Vince’s side get their title…

Raise Dough with Cakes4Cancer

If baking takes your (fondant) fancy, Wessex Cancer Trust would love you to host a Cakes4Cancer event this May and raise dough for local people living with cancer. Launched outside St Mary’s Stadium by Wessex Cancer Trust volunteers this week and rolling out across the entire Wessex region between 6 and 12 May, Cakes4Cancer is…

Eastleigh beat Hartlepool 3-2 to extend play-off chances

Ben Strevens’ Spifires maintained their National League play-off push with an entertaining home win over Hartlepool at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1863 spectators. Ben Williamson put Eastleigh in front in just the second minute following a well-worked corner routine as Mark Yeates played it short to the striker as Williamson placed a well…

Heart health challenge rolled out to public after successful trial

A scheme designed to encourage participants to improve their cardiac health is to begin on Monday 8 April. Wessex Heartbeat originally trialled its ’12 Week Healthy Heart Challenge’ last year, with around 40 people from the south’s business community taking part – with small, achievable steps each week to improve their health. Collectively, the group…

Russia comes to Chandler’s Ford

Winchester adventurer John Pilkington will be presenting his talk ‘Russia and Europe: What Next?’ at Chandler’s Ford Library on Monday 29th April. He says, ‘I always love coming to Chandler’s Ford, and with passions running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the  Caucasus it seems a good time to give this talk.’ Putin‘s…

Search is on for Eastleigh FC’s next female star

Eastleigh FC is committed to promoting the female game and has successful teams at every age. An FA Charter Standard Club it’s Ladies team currently play in the FA Southern Region Women’s Football League while their girls play in the Hampshire Girls Youth Football League (HGYFL). The girls and ladies are an integral part of…

Eastleigh Fusion Choir set to perform this weekend

Come along to a brilliant evening of song in the heart of Eastleigh.  The amazing Eastleigh Fusion Choir are singing at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Blenheim Road. Tickets are £7. Charity concert starts at 7pm.  The Eastleigh Fusion Choir meet in St  Andrew’s Church in Blenheim Road every Tuesday evening, 7.30-9.30pm.  They perform to raise money for charity and worthy causes and celebrate their 10th birthday in April. A fun and friendly choir in central Eastleigh where all are welcome, no auditions and no need to read music.

Barton Peveril are FA People’s Cup South East Winners

The team representing Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in the FA People’s Cup are regional champions and will now compete in the final at England’s training ground, St George’s Park, in April. The team won the South East Regional, held at Royal Holloway University on Monday 25th March, beating teams from throughout the region. The…

Starburst set to rock Eastleigh

Former Glitter Bugz frontman Rustyn George makes a 70’s Glam Rock return after a two year break with new three piece power glam combo Starburst.  The new band featuring Dave Glover on bass and Adrian Armstrong on drums are mostly covering Bowie and Bolan favourites from the era along with some other familiar 70’s chart…

Sam Matthews returns to Eastleigh on loan

Former Spitfire Sam Matthews has signed on loan to Eastleigh in the hope of extending The Spitfires chances of reaching the National League play-offs this season. The 22-year-old former Bournemouth player returns for his third stint at the club, after agreeing a deal until the end of the season. Manager Ben Strevens told the official…

Barton Peveril plays Jazz and Soul at The Concorde

Barton Peveril Popular Music and Jazz Studies students performed in their Jazz and Soul Evening at The Concorde Club on Thursday 14th March. The students performed a medley of classic jazz and soul songs to a large, paying audience. A large number of the students who performed on the night also have multiple offers to…