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REVIEW: Cinderella, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:04pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

ONE of the most thrilling moments of this year’s Anvil pantomime Cinderella, directed by Michael Gattrell, is certainly an unexpected one.

We chat to KEITH 'CHEGGERS' CHEGWIN about performing in panto for a home crowd

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 13th December 2014

Cheggers is playing Buttons in Cinderella at The Anvil until January 4.

Memorial service for bereaved parents to take place this weekend

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 12th December 2014

A NEW Christmas memorial service, which is open to all bereaved parents from the Basingstoke area, will take place this weekend.

This week...I'm indulging in my favourite Christmas films and books

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

This year, things have aligned for me in the sense that I am able to cope with the grieving process for our son by alleviating some of my present sadness by watching all of my top Christmas movies and reading certain novels.

REVIEW: The Kitschen Cafe, Feathers Lane, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 11th December 2014

I have always seen pictures of its mouthwatering offerings online on its Facebook page and thought that I should pop in, but I didn’t actually manage it until last week.

REVIEW: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Haymarket - until Sunday

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:21am Monday 8th December 2014

THERE is room for all sorts of Christmas shows in the theatrical universe and this well-paced, clever production is a wonderful, more classic, alternative to glitzier pantomime fare.

This week...we're watching TV as a family, thanks to Strictly Come Dancing

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

8:50am Monday 8th December 2014

AS SOMEONE who was born in the 1970s and raised in the ’80s in a working class household, I still recall the glorious evenings of family television watching.

This week.. thank goodness for our local am dram societies

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Thursday 11th December 2014

The Horseshoe, in its time, brought actors of incredible calibre to Basingstoke, including Peter Cushing, Derek Jacobi and Timothy West.

Charity Christmas Fair to take place in Sherborne St John

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

RESIDENTS are being urged to support the NSPCC at a Christmas Fair in Sherborne St John Village Hall on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

REVIEW: Rapunzel, Proteus Theatre Company

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:29pm Monday 24th November 2014

MANY congratulations to Mary Swan, who has now been artistic director of Basingstoke’s Proteus Theatre Company for ten years.

Tributes paid to Basingstoke theatre company's former artistic director

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former artistic director of Basingstoke’s Horseshoe Theatre Company, who has died in New Zealand.

This week...grim times mean we're embracing some early Christmas spirit

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

THE media has recently reported that we’re all getting excited about Christmas earlier and earlier.

REVIEW: The Tea Bar, 9-13 London Street, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

SINCE setting up in the heart of the Top of The Town two years ago, this welcoming cafe has gone from strength to strength.

The Gazette's leisure editor reports from the dress rehearsal of BATS' "tremendous" Wizard of Oz

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

Some performances are already sold-out, so you need to move quickly to secure seats for this superb show.

Ballet dream comes true for local schoolchildren

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 13th November 2014

THE dancing dreams of four local schoolchildren have come true after they were selected to appear in with English Youth Ballet in a forthcoming production of Swan Lake.

This week...we experience a bit of a Christmas craze, thanks to Disney's Frozen

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 20th November 2014

EVEN though our daughter is only four-years-old, we have joined the club of all those parents and grandparents who need to get their hands on a certain item for Christmas.

REVIEW: We're Going On A Bear Hunt, The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:16pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THIS absolute delight of a production brought huge smiles to the faces of its young Haymarket audiences.

We head to London to chat to the director and cast of Interstellar

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:41am Friday 7th November 2014

The sci-fi epic, directed by Christopher Nolan, stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

This week...I'm grateful to everyone who got in touch after my last column

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Thursday 13th November 2014

Responses came from a wide variety of people, of all ages, and your correspondence has really helped sustain me through the last few weeks.

REVIEW: Interstellar

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:43am Tuesday 4th November 2014

THROUGHOUT the duration of Christopher Nolan’s megabudget space odyssey, one message is hammered home - the poet Dylan Thomas’ plea “do not go gentle into that good night / Rage, rage against the dying of the light”.

Free dog safety workshop to be held next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

THE education and community officer for Dogs Trust in the south is providing a free workshop on dog safety for children aged five-11 at Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Festival Place, on Tuesday, October 28 at 2pm.

REVIEW: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

LOOSELY based on a simple 32-page picture book by Judith Viorst, this nicely-played comedy has a reassuring message for all harassed modern families.

REVIEW: Wicked, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton - until November 15

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:09pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT’S perfect timing that the lavish touring production of the hugely popular musical Wicked has just arrived in Southampton.

COMPETITION - Win a family ticket to The Haymarket's Christmas show

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WE HAVE a family ticket to The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus at The Haymarket on Saturday, December 6 at 11am to give away to each of two Gazette readers.

This week...we experience a personal tragedy

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

I HADN’T previously shared the news with readers of this column that my husband and I were lucky enough to be expecting an addition to our family.


Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IT’S a shame that this outstanding British thriller is not going to benefit from a wider national release, given that it is one of the finest films of the year so far.

Artistic pupils create murals for hospital

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:30pm Monday 6th October 2014

ARTISTIC pupils from Sherfield School have designed a series of large-scale murals for Basingstoke hospital.

This week...we're drowning in 'stuff'

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

WE have decided to make a home improvement, one which will necessitate the removal of a lot of our detritus whilst work is being carried out.

REVIEW: Gone Girl

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:08am Tuesday 30th September 2014

WHO better to tackle the cold and brutal tale of a marriage gone wrong than the filmic master of anything cold and brutal?

This week...the referendum prompts a personal bit of pondering about nationality

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

I THINK most of us by now are completely sick of hearing about the recent Scottish referendum.

THE Gazette has the opportunity to try one of RIVERFORD's new recipe boxes - which contain organic ingredients supplied by Hampshire's Upper Norton Farm

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

RIVERFORD began small in Devon in 1987, delivering organic vegetables to 30 local homes.

Former QMC assistant principal Gareth Thomas to return to Basingstoke to publicise new novel

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A Welshman, Gareth moved to Basingstoke in 1970, starting work at Queen Mary’s College two years later.

Spotlight on - First day at school

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE first day of ‘big’ school is definitely a special occasion in any person’s life.

The Crown in Old Basing chosen as one of 2015 Good Food Guide's top 50 pubs

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:39pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Head chefs Chris Barnes and Tom Wilson have put the pub firmly on the map as an extraordinary place to eat.

The Gazette's leisure editor reviews CarFest South 2014 from a family perspective

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:54pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

We have been lucky enough to attend the event since it began, and it has been fascinating to see how its provision for younger festivalgoers has adapted and expanded over the years.

Marwell Zoo photography competition still open for entries

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THERE is still time to enter Marwell’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

This week...a Facebook post reveals tragic news from a schoolfriend

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

She announced, with great composure and dignity, that her husband of three years had died suddenly the previous evening.

What's in store from episode one of series five of Downton Abbey? Here's our (spoiler-free) report

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:55am Tuesday 19th August 2014

The Gazette's leisure editor was lucky enough to be among the press who saw the episode at an exclusive screening last week.

The Gazette heads off to the launch of Series 5 of Downton Abbey to find out what's in store for fans

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:22am Monday 18th August 2014

The all-conquering costume drama, which was inspired by – and is partially filmed at - Highclere Castle, returns to television screens in September.

Litter of meerkat pups arrive at Marwell Wildlife

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

A LITTER of meerkat pups has arrived at Marwell Wildlife.

Gruffalo interactive story time to take place in Chineham

Basingstoke Gazette: The Gruffalo will be screened in City Park

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

AN INTERACTIVE story time featuring The Gruffalo takes place at Chineham Library, Chineham Shopping Centre, on Saturday, August 16 at 10am.

This week...the husband participates in planting the poppies at the Tower of London

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

He and some colleagues spent the day assembling the flowers and inserting them in the dry moat as part of artist Paul Cummins’ World War One commemorative work, Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red.

Families camp out at The Vyne

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

MORE than 15 local families slept under the stars in the grounds of historic local National Trust property The Vyne as part of the Big Camping Weekend.

Pick up camera tips at Basingstoke photo festival

Basingstoke Gazette: Mid Cheshire Camera Club

5:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

OLYMPUS expert Jez Sugars will be visiting Jessops in Basingstoke town centre during the day on Wednesday, August 6.

Basingstoke artist appears on ITV show The Chase

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MULTI-talented Basingstoke resident was the star of an ITV quiz show this week – and he came agonisingly close to landing a big cash prize.

This week...we have three crises of varying degrees to cope with

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

We endure a tyre blowout, plumbing problem and emergency hospital admission for my dad, all in a single week.

REVIEW: Calamity Jane, The Watermill - until September 6

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:11am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Watermill has definitely done it again with this sublime whip-cracking version of the popular musical.

Joanne Mace and her family travel to the award-winning Sandy Balls resort in the New Forest National Park

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THIS was our second visit to the Sandy Balls resort in the New Forest National Park and we felt blessed as far as the weather was concerned.

REVIEW: The Lion King, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:29am Thursday 17th July 2014

This phenomenal production is at the Hampshire venue until September 6.

REPORT: The Good Person of Szechwan, Basingstoke Youth Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE lucky young performers from this group – which is affiliated to Proteus Theatre Company, Central Studio and Anvil Arts – benefit from staging their performances in the town’s historic Haymarket theatre.


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