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REVIEW: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

BRITISH director Matthew Vaughn, who made his name with Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, directs – and co-scripts, with Jane Goldman - this irreverent and rather violent spin on spy capers, based on the comic book series by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.

This week...the possible legal complications of attending a child's birthday party

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

7:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

IT was one of those funny coincidences that children’s birthday parties hit the headlines recently, just as we were organising our own daughter’s shindig.

This week...we're saying goodbye to our editor, Mark Jones

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

7:00am Thursday 22nd January 2015

IN spring 2003, whilst working as an arts journalist on a daily paper in Northern Ireland, I took a chance and applied for a job at The Gazette in Basingstoke.

We chat to actor Jeffrey Holland about his two forthcoming Basingstoke productions

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Jeffrey became known to millions of television viewers in the 1980s when he played the role of Spike in Hi-de-Hi!

Lots of fun in store at Basingstoke's Laughter-House comedy club in 2015

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 16th January 2015

Founder Jan Jack said: “Our reputation as one of the best clubs on the UK circuit is down to our fabulous Basingstoke audiences."

See the National Theatre's Treasure Island in Basingstoke next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 16th January 2015

This new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is by Bryony Lavery and is suitable for those aged 10 and over.

This week...the decluttering continues

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

7:00am Thursday 15th January 2015

Rather than being a new year thing, however, it has been necessitated by a home improvement we have been having done which forced some serious clearing up and clearing out.

Lions concert a roaring success

Basingstoke Gazette: County council asks for feedback for 'Ageing Well in Hampshire' strategy

1:00pm Thursday 25th December 2014

THE recent Apollo Big Band concert at Queen Mary’s College, in Basingstoke, was a huge success.

We chat to Katy Ashworth about performing in this year's panto

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 25th December 2014

SHE loves panto – so CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth is in her element as she stars as a very funky Fairy Godmother in this year’s Gazette-sponsored Anvil Arts pantomime Cinderella.

Celebrate Christmas this evening in Sanctuary

Basingstoke Gazette: County council asks for feedback for 'Ageing Well in Hampshire' strategy

11:27am Wednesday 24th December 2014

CELEBRATE Christmas Eve tonight in Basingstoke’s Sanctuary, in London Street, with a night of music from local DJs playing everything from pop to hardcore.

New Year-themed craft workshops to take place next week

Basingstoke Gazette: County council asks for feedback for 'Ageing Well in Hampshire' strategy

11:23am Wednesday 24th December 2014

FREE New Year-themed children’s craft workshops, suitable for ages seven and above, take place in Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Festival Place, on Monday December 29 at 10am, Tuesday, December 30 at 2pm and Wednesday, December 31 at 10am. Call 01256 478670 for details.

This week...roll on the comforts of home

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

7:00am Wednesday 24th December 2014

2014 contained a few major dramas to deal with, but we have also been ground down by lots and lots of tiny little things which have needed attention.

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.


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