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Tadley firefighters pull in the pounds for charity

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 24th May 2015

THE Fire Fighters Charity has benefited to the tune of £2,500 thanks to a recent fundraising fire engine pull in Tadley.

This week...we're impressed by the BBC's VE 70th anniversary concert

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

7:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

The night combined traditional music with more modern performances and wove real stories into the programme of entertainment.

This week...I'm fretting how I'm going to deal with new injections

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

7:00am Thursday 14th May 2015

IN last week’s column, I mentioned how much I personally have benefited from the NHS.

REVIEW: Sister Act, Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society - runs until Saturday

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:46am Tuesday 12th May 2015

This superb show is currently playing in The Haymarket, Wote Street.

Fatboyz to hold fundraising dance workshop

Basingstoke Gazette: Fatboyz dance troupe

3:04pm Friday 8th May 2015

LOCAL dance company FatBoyZ will host a special one-hour fundraising dance workshop this week.

Anvil panto stars revealed

Basingstoke Gazette: Mark Little

11:03am Friday 8th May 2015

THE Gazette can exclusively reveal that actor Mark Little, who made his name as Joe Mangel in the long-running Australian soap Neighbours, will play Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at The Anvil this Christmas.

This week... why I'll be casting my vote

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

7:40am Thursday 7th May 2015

ELECTION day is finally upon us and, all over the borough, residents will be visiting their local stations to cast their vote.

New musical theatre show to premiere at The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

The Island Of Lost Children has bee written by Simon Driscoll and Jen Bird specifically for the charity Spotlight UK.

This week... we've a new Pointless addiction

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

7:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

AS a family, we do love a quiz and a puzzle.

This week...a childhood burglary still haunts me

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

8:43am Thursday 23rd April 2015

In addition to my anxieties about travelling generally, queues, bag weight and so on, I always have the awful fear that something will happen to our house while we are away.

Basingstoke Kite Festival to return

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 19th April 2015

THE skies above Down Grange Sports Complex will be full of colour in June for the 23rd Basingstoke Kite Festival.

REVIEW: Bricks in Motion, Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:30am Friday 3rd April 2015

THIS latest LEGO exhibition at Milestones is another fun and educational experience for families.

Italian singer bids farewall to Basingstoke with parting concert

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00pm Friday 3rd April 2015

ITALIAN singer Lara Iacovini bade farewell to Queen Mary’s College (QMC) recently with a special concert.

Local stage school to mark 25 years with Haymarket performance

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:20pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Chandelle Stage School, which is run by Sharon Roberts and is based in the Sycamore Centre in Winklebury, will mark 25 years with a charitable silver anniversary show.

Guides showcase their skills

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00pm Monday 30th March 2015

TALENTED girls and young women from Basingstoke will demonstrate their abilities at an exciting event.

Kingsclere Singers put on concert in Tadley

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 27th March 2015

KINGSCLERE Singers will present Spring Sensations in St Paul’s church, Tadley, tomorrow from 7pm.

This week...the closure of a leisure centre in my hometown prompts a nostalgic wallow

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

9:53am Thursday 26th March 2015

ONE of the worst things about living away from your homeland is having to cope with how it changes while you are away.

Selfie success for Basingstoke director Geoff Harmer

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

Geoff's new short film has been chosen for a forthcoming American horror film festival.

This week...recycling in the home

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

7:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

When the recent new information arrived from the council re our recycling, we duly stuck the sticker on our bin, as instructed.

REVIEW: Cinderella

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 24th March 2015

THIS live action remake from Disney is a stunning treatment of the classic fairy tale.

What's in store from FROZEN FEVER, which is attached to the new live action Cinderella

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:16am Monday 23rd March 2015

PARENTS who have already forked out for Elsa and Anna dresses may find themselves being asked for new ones once their daughters see this short. 

We talk to the team behind Disney's new live action Cinderella, which hits cinemas on Friday

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:29am Monday 23rd March 2015

THE 1950 release of Disney’s Cinderella marked a key moment in the studio’s cinematic history.

REVIEW: One Hundred Years On, The Anvil

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:45am Wednesday 18th March 2015

CHILDREN from local schools Merton Junior, Preston Candover CE Primary and Saxon Wood Special School came together at The Anvil recently for the culmination of a unique Great War project.

REVIEW: Hairspray, Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society - until Saturday

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:05am Tuesday 17th March 2015

The extremely youthful Siobhan very much captures the wide-eyed innocence of the key character of this musical, bouncing around and convincingly shaking her booty to the beat.

This week...getting a new passport picture of our five-year-old is a nightmare

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

7:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

WE RECENTLY felt the passing of time quite acutely when we realised that we needed to renew our daughter’s passport.

Charities benefit from festival

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

THREE deserving local charities have benefited from the success of the last Basingstoke Festival of Art and Crafts.

New Tadley music festival on its way in May

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 10th March 2015

The Tadley Tea Party will take over the Tadley Calleva FC ground, Barlow's Park, on Saturday, May 23 for 12 hours of music, attractions and food and drink stalls.

Mary Berry to visit Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 6th March 2015

NATIONAL treasure and judge from BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is coming to Basingstoke.

Local music festival will raise money for Basingstoke and Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:25pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

Silkfest 2015 will take place in Sanctuary in April.

This week... spelling, punctuation and grammar part two

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

7:00am Thursday 12th March 2015

IT’S always a surprise to me which of my weekly columns inspires the largest amount of correspondence from readers.

This week...we 'pay it forward' by raising money for Sands

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

7:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

WATCHING The People’s Strictly last week, and sobbing at the stories of the fantastic folk who have been selected to appear, a chord was struck with something going on in our house.

Mary Berry announces Basingstoke book signing

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 25th February 2015

Bestselling author Gervase Phinn has also planned a local signing ahead of his appearance in The Haymarket.

This week... we're in trouble with the dentist

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

7:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

FOR the other half and myself, a lot of our five years of parenthood has been spent feeling clueless and useless.

REVIEW: Made in China, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

This exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to see some terrific examples of the infamous blue and white Ming china right here in Basingstoke, in addition to investigating its legacy and influence.

REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:11pm Friday 13th February 2015

A MAJORITY of critics (mainly male) might have failed to recognise the successes of this adaptation of EL James’ bestselling book, but fans of the novel will be delighted by the film’s achievements.

This week...I confess to being a member of the punctuation police

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

7:00am Thursday 19th February 2015

I ACCEPT that I am quite an anally-retentive person at times, but I think that I might have committed my most pedantic act yet.

Oakley writer boosts heritage trail

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 7th February 2015

A LOCAL writer is celebrating after her words were immortalised in a new trail marking the cinematic past of a Hampshire town.

Fishy goings on at murder mystery night

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 7th February 2015

FISH and chips are on offer as part of a murder mystery evening in Hartley Wintney.

This week...my other half is going to have to put up with four females all at once

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

7:00am Thursday 12th February 2015

MY other half will most probably have stopped smarting after last week’s column by now, but I have no news to report yet on if it has positively affected him.

REVIEW: Gate Theatre's Grounded, Central Studio, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:30am Wednesday 4th February 2015

IT was an incredible privilege to witness this one-woman tour de force in Central Studio this week.

This week...the husband's iPhone addiction is worrying me again

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

7:00am Thursday 5th February 2015

I HAVE written before about my husband’s technological addiction but I fear that things are getting worse rather than better.

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.

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