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Kieran James

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

Knot sculpture inspired by development’s workhouse history

A striking artwork drawing on the rich history of a former workhouse and hospital forms the centrepiece of a new housing development. A sculpture resting on a plinth has been unveiled in the knot garden at The Pavilions housing scheme in West End. In the form of an eternal knot, the artwork – produced with…

Mayor re-opens New Clock Inn

Popular Fair Oak pub gets new lookThe New Clock Inn Hungry Horse in Fair Oak threw its doors open this week and kicked off its new offering in style, showcasing the pub’s brand-new look following a six-figure makeover. The popular venue has been significantly refurbished throughout and boasts an impressive bar area, together with improved…

Legacy Festival returns this weekend (26th-28th July)

A mother mourning the death of her son following a five-year battle with a brain tumour has set up a festival in his honour in 2016 and the festival has continued to go strength to strength. Lyndsey Rowe is making sure her son Lloyd Green, who died age 34, is remembered with the Legacy Festival…

Free Family-Friendly Activities Arrive For The Ageas Bowl Outdoor Cinema

A host of free family-friendly activities have been confirmed for the return of the Ageas Bowl’s Outdoor Cinema, taking place on Saturday 3rdAugust 2019. Following last year’s successful inaugural outdoor cinema, this summer’s event sees Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo return to the big screen, followed by the recent world-wide smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody. A host…

Saint James’ Planet Protectors Get Top Award

  Saint James C of E Primary School, West End is the first primary school in the Borough to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag with help and support from Eastleigh Borough Council’s sustainability team. The school set up an Eco committee called the Planet Protectors, co-ordinated by learning support assistant Heather Rudd and chose biodiversity,…

Barton Peveril Go Back in Time

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College’s Performing Arts students held a successful Immersive Theatre production on Thursday 28th June, transporting guests back in time to the 1980s. Friends, family, local residents, and alumni who studied at the College during the 1980s were in attendance, meeting current students who remained in character and improvised as they interacted…

Youthful Eastleigh side lose to AFC Stoneham 2-1

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires lost 2-1 away to fellow Eastleigh based side AFC Stoneham on Friday evening in a pre-season friendly as the hosts proved too strong for a young Eastleigh side. It was a really friendly atmosphere at the club, something I’m sure AFC Stoneham is looking to achieve. The hosts found the net after…

Boeing-Boeing announces cast for Winchester show

Two popular TV stars are set to join an already well-known cast in classic comedy, Boeing-Boeing, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Monday 14 – Saturday 19 October. Emily Head is best known for playing sixth-former, Carli, in the Channel 4 series and film of the same name, The Inbetweeners, as well as starring…

An evening of song with Lesley Garrett

  Britain’s most popular soprano, Lesley Garrett, will share stories from her life on stage at Theatre Royal Winchester, on Saturday 14 September. An Audience with Lesley Garrett will see the opera star not only stun theatre-goers with her incomparable voice, but recall behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her long-standing career performing in concert halls across the…

Barton Peveril’s Oxford Essayist

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Emma Fleeman has won an essay writing competition run by the University of Oxford’s Merton College. Emma’s essay was one of just 15 selected from a large pool of entries from students around the country. The competition asked Year 12 students to write a 1000 word Law essay, in…

Eastleigh beat Oxford United 3-0 at home in pre-season friendly

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires got their home pre-season campaign underway in style with a 3-0 victory to a youthful Oxford United. The League One visitors named a youthful side against The Spitfires as Ben Williamson claimed a brace and Andrew Boyce got Eastleigh’s third. Williamson opened the scoring for the hosts in the 13th minute after…

Barton Peveril’s Inaugural Art Competition proves to be a success

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College have successfully run their inaugural Art Competition, for Hampshire’s school pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11. A large number of pupils entered the competition, with entries by pupils from 17 of the county’s schools.  For the competition, which will now run annually, pupils were required to submit a photo…

Barton Peveril Perform Legally Blonde at The Berry

  Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Performing Arts students performed Legally Blonde: The Musical, across three nights at The Berry Theatre. The students’ production took place on 4th, 5th and 6th July to large audiences of friends, family, local residents and pupils from across Hampshire’s schools. This production was planned and performed by students across…

Theatre Royal Winchester looking forward to refurbishment

Live Theatre Winchester Trust – the charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair – is excited to announce that the theatre’s foyer is to undergo a significant refurbishment this summer. The charity has been working with Hampshire County Council’s award winning architect team to create a re-configured foyer with a sleek new look that…