Category: Entertainment

Eastleigh actress inspired by Old Library

The Eastleigh born actress and producer Rebecca Vaughan takes to the stage tonight to bring Jane Austen’s most celebrated female characters to life in her own theatrical production, Austen’s Women. The show at Basingstoke’s Central Studio described as “tightly corseted but frilly, flowing and flamboyant in all the right places” features Austen’s leading ladies –…

Saving the story of Hedge End’s strawberry fields forever

Hedge End’s days as a strawberry-growing locality may be long gone but now a community project will help local people learn about their fruit-growing history. Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) people will learn of the time, in the 1860s, when over 20,000 tonnes of berries a day were loaded…

£39 million lottery jackpot tonight

Today, Good Friday, is a massive night for the National Lottery with a monster estimated jackpot of £39 million!! Plus every ticket gets an automatic entry into the UK Millionaire Raffle with a guaranteed £1 million prize. Last year a group of workers from BSS Drainage on Boyatt Wood scooped almost a £1 million on…

JLS in special Eastleigh screening

Vue Eastleigh will be screening JLS: Eyes Wide Open, the UK’s first ever 3D concert movie, which was filmed on the band’s 2010-11 sold out tour, at 2pm and 7.30pm on Friday 3rd June at the Swan Centre.* The film, which was recorded live at the London O2 Arena in January this year, contains exclusive,…

You can’t give it away…

The new £5 million Berry Theatre at Wildern School in Hedge End is now open but despite the well advertised offer of free tickets for the opening show, local residents voted with their feet and stayed at home. Eastleigh News however, took advantage of the offer to check out the facilities and the kind of…

Tree-mendous!

A new GoApe Tree Top Adventure has opened in Itchen Valley Country Park, and just in time for summer. For those of you that don’t know what GoApe is, their own description of “Tree Top Adventure” does the job. It’s a day out where you walk through the trees at dizzying heights, wearing a harness…

Easter break kids activities at The Hub

The Hub

The Hub in Bishopstoke Rd, Eastleigh will launch a new Children’s Activity Program over the Easter school holidays. ‘The Hub CAP’ will offer supervised sports and activity programmes to 8 – 13 year olds. Activities will include team games, sports and crafts and for the more adventurous, laser tag, orienteering and the climbing wall to…

Hunter or prey?

Blooded is an independently made fictional documentary, and for those of you confused by the oxymoron; that means it’s a fictional plot but in the style of documentary. It explores the moral issues surrounding the fox hunting ban, and by extension it also throws murder and extremism into the fray. These political controversies run alongside…

Spitfire in Eastleigh skies again

A Spitfire will be taking off from Southampton Airport in Eastleigh this morning to commemorate the anniversary of its maiden flight. The iconic fighter plane, piloted by Carolyn Grace, will take off at about 11.30 am and fly out over the Solent returning over the site of the Supermarine factory in Woolston where many of…

Cabinet Minister and Mayor make cuts

Chris Huhne & John Caldwell

Eastleigh new Youth centre ‘Energy’ finally opened today following delays and controversy the town’s Mayor John Caldwell and Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne the Secretary of State for ENERGY cut the tape to officially open the facility that has cost £680,000 to refurbish after many years of service as the Leigh Ballroom. Eastleigh Borough Council in…

£7,000 to explore sexuality

An Eastleigh based ‘Theatre Company’, who ‘fuse cabaret and animation’ in order to ‘explore themes of gender and sexuality’ has received £7,000 from the arts council to fund its work. The company called ‘Milk Presents’, who are one of the ‘associate artist’ groups based at the loss making Point theatre, have secured the funding to…

I Luv Vue

Hopeful Romeos looking for a romantic way to pop the question on 14th February are in luck. For one night only, the Vue at Eastleigh Swan centre, is offering one person the chance to have their own magical movie moment by proposing to their Valentine, on screen, in front of a packed cinema audience. There…

Local promoter seeks live bands

Local music biz people ‘Red Zone Music’ are searching for new bands for a string of exciting live dates and projects for 2011. The Eastleigh based promoter moved from London into the Campbell road works last year and are already making an impact on the local music scene. So far bands on their roster have…

Be a ‘Shakeaway’ singing star!

Ever listened to your favourite stars on the radio and thought ‘I could do that’? Have you ever sung into a mirror with a hairbrush in your hand, dreaming that one day you’ll be performing to millions of adoring fans? Well now could be your chance… ShakeAway, the takeaway milkshake chain which have an outlet…

Future of Vue Secured

The future of The Swan Centre’s flagship multi screen cinema looks certain today with the announcement that the Vue cinema chain has been sold to private equity firm Doughty Hanson for £450 million. Vue made a gross profit of £60 million last year against a debt pile of £335 million. The deal will see senior…