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Kieran James

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

Local Builders Sponsors Eastleigh Football Club Community Facility

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s largest independent suppliers of building materials to the trade and public, has sponsored the new community changing room at Eastleigh Football Club.  Materials including timber, MDF and paint were donated by Elliotts Builders Merchant in Southampton to help the football club provide a new changing space for their walking football,…

Hospital trust’s IT staff hit nation’s TV screens

IT staff and clinicians at Southampton’s university hospitals will hit the nation’s TV screens this week as part of a new NHS recruitment ad. It is a continuation of the ‘We are the NHS’ campaign which launched last year as part of the organisation’s 70th anniversary. The 60 and 30-second ads, which are designed to…

Live Review: American Idiot Musical at The Mayflower, Southampton

Returning to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album, American Idiot was truly sensational at Southampton’s Mayflower. Former X Factor contestant Luke Friend, actor Tom Milner and Sam Lavery all put in one hell of a performance to justify how important Green Day’s American Idiot was…

Ruby Turner heads to Winchester

One of the UK’s greatest voices, Ruby Turner, heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 17 February.  Known for her long established collaboration with Jools Holland, Ruby can breathe life and meaning into a song whether it is a passionate soaring ballad or a soulful up-tempo groove. Born in Jamaica, Ruby moved to England when…

Barton Peveril hosts Olympic Weightlifting

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College hosted an Olympic Weightlifting session, run by Lakeside Weightlifting Club’s Olympic Weightlifter Lizzie Havers, as part of their This Girl Can programme. 17 female students attended the session and had no prior experience of the sport. Over the course of the session, the students were taught how to perform a…

Eastleigh sign Shaun Hobson on loan from Bournemouth

Ben Strevens’ Spitfires have completed the loan signing of Shaun Hobson  from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The 20-year-old defender has agreed to join The Spitfires until the end of the season Speaking on his arrival, Strevens said: ‘Shaun is a player who we have monitored over the course of the season and is someone…

New partnership aims to build futures with Eastleigh groups

Groups working with under 18’s in Eastleigh could be in with a chance of winning a share of £1,000,000 thanks to a major scheme launched today by a leading housebuilder. Persimmon Homes is launching its national Building Futures programme in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. The scheme, being run locally by Persimmon…

Sherlock Holmes heads to Winchester

A thrilling new stage adaptation of The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes novel, by Blackeyed Theatre heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 February. This spectacular production has been adapted for the stage and directed by Nick Lane with music composed by Tristan Parkes. When…

Barton Peveril’s Careers in Maritime Day

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College hosted its first Careers in Maritime Day, on Wednesday 23rd January, with guest speaker Helena Lucas MBE; Lucas is a Paralympic, gold medallist Sailor for Team GB. The day gave students an insight into the wide range of careers available in the maritime industry, which is a large employment sector…

Eastleigh charity awarded £5,000

Eastleigh based charity Invest in ME Research has been awarded £5,000 from Health Games, after receiving an outstanding 97% of votes on a public poll.   From hundreds of nominations, four charities were chosen and put to a vote, where the local Hampshire charity swept the floor with over 2,000 votes as a popular and…

Winchester set to revolt with Robin Hood

Get ready to “Boo” the Sheriff, cheer the Merry outlaws and Revolt with Robin! Firm favourites, Oddsocks Productions, return to Theatre Royal Winchester for two performances on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, with their inimitable trademark humour, live music and audience interaction in Andy Barrow’s exciting new telling of the legend of Robin Hood:…

Eastleigh win 1-0 away to Bromley

Andrew Boyce scored a late winner for Eastleigh to end Bromley’s five-match unbeaten run in the National League and now just sit one point behind that all important play-offs spot. The triumph was a first away win since November for the Spitfires. An even first half drew to a worrying conclusion as Bromley midfielder Adam…

Olympians encourage swimmers to make a splash for charity

Team GB swimming heroes Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew are encouraging people in Hampshire to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.   Taking place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March, swimmers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to…

James Vince Signs Hampshire Cricket Contract Until 2022

Hampshire Cricket are delighted to announce that captain James Vince has committed his long-term future to the Club, after signing a new contract extension which will keep him at the Ageas Bowl until at least the end of 2022. The 27-year old, who has made 347 appearances in all formats for Hampshire since making his…