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Kieran James

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

Wessex Heartbeat summer ball raises thousands

Representatives and supporters of Wessex Heartbeat gathered at Eastleigh’s Concorde Club recently for the charity’s annual Summer party – raising an impressive £19,000. Held in a beautiful marquee within the grounds of the club, the charity event was attended by 130 guests and featured entertainment from a number of performers – including harpist  Amy Pritchard,…

Open Sight in Eastleigh receives cash boost

Open Sight in Eastleigh has become one of the first beneficiaries of the Hendy Foundation which was set up to support charities and good causes in the south. The Hampshire charity has been given £1,000 by Hendy Foundation which chair Norma York would be used to fund a day out for the blind and visually…

Eastleigh lose 1-0 away to Yeovil Town

Yeovil got their National League campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Eastleigh last as Ben Strevens Spitfires couldn’t quite get an equaliser. The newly relegated side started their season with a defeat to Barnet on Saturday but they got off the mark at the second attempt courtesy of Courtney Duffus’ strike, with…

Eastleigh win opening game of the season at home to Notts County

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires beat Notts County 1-0 at home on Saturday at The Silverlake Stadium as Reda Johnson’s 13th minute goal was enough to secure all three points in front of 2,668 spectators. Recently relegated County, who made six signings on Thursday after a takeover of the club was finally completed last week, were handed an early…

Eastleigh sign Tyrone Barnett

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires have signed striker Tyrone Barnett (Eastleigh’s recent trialist) before Saturday’s Vanarama National League opener at home to Notts County. The 33-year-old began his career in the youth set-up at West Brom and has enjoyed spells with a number of football league teams before being released from Cheltenham Town last season. He was…

Poppy Appeal for Eastleigh

The Royal British Legion is urging the great British public to join forces with them this year and volunteer for the charity’s annual Poppy Appeal. Most importantly, volunteer Poppy Appeal Organisers, responsible for areas of Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford, are needed to run the appeal in these towns this year. With the current organisers standing…

Airport helps European Aerial Dance Festival to fly high

Southampton Airport is supporting the tenth birthday edition of the annual European Aerial Dance Festival held at The Point, Eastleigh from 5 to 17 August. The popular and internationally acclaimed event is presented by aerial dance company Gravity & Levity and is also supported by Arts Council England. The Festival is curated by Gravity &…

Eastleigh lose 1-0 to Southampton U23s

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires lost their final pre-season friendly 1-0 to Southampton U23s tonight at The Silverlake Stadium before facing Notts County on Saturday at home in the Vanarama National League. Southampton U23s came the closest in the first 15 minutes with Dan Nlundulu narrowly missing. Sam Smart whipped in a promising ball for Eastleigh moments later…

D-Day remembered in free Eastleigh event

A free family event, themed on two significant anniversaries of World War 2, takes place in Eastleigh town centre in September. Following the success of last year’s Eastleigh Remembers, which marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, the military theme continues this year with a free, day-long event commemorating the 75th…

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,…