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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.

This week...'letting go' as our four year-old prepares to start school

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

SCHOOL may almost be out for summer, but we’re already planning, planning, planning for September.

REVIEW: Bronzes for the World: The Morris Singer Foundry, Willis Museum, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THIS fantastically enlightening little exhibition upstairs in the museum focuses on the work of the Morris Singer Foundry, which relocated from London to Basingstoke in 1967.

REVIEW: A Century of War and Peace, Basingstoke Festival of Choirs, The Anvil

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:33pm Monday 7th July 2014

Poppies, flags and wreaths decorated the performance space where hundreds of members of Basingstoke Festival of Choirs and Neil Streeter’s Heritage Light Orchestra were gathered to mark the outbreak of World War One’s centenary year.

This week...the unexpected complications of trying to have a family

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:51am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Once upon a time, you might have imagined that you’d grow up, get married and have a baby – or as many as you fancied.

This week...during a trip home, I witness the impact, over a year on, of the NI plastic bag tax

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

The plastic bag tax was introduced in Northern Ireland in April 2013, and charged shoppers at least 5p per single use carrier bag.

Local talent set sights on final of singing contest

Basingstoke Gazette: Ryan Upton

8:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

TWO local acts have made it through to the final 50 of a singing competition which could win them a record deal.

Basingstoke Festival - find out what's on in week one

Basingstoke Gazette: Basingstoke Festival - find out what's on in week one

10:41am Thursday 19th June 2014

IT’S time for Basingstoke Festival 2014! Hundreds of events will take place over the borough between June 20 and July 13. Here, we take a closer look at some of what’s in store in week one.

Two local acts through to final 50 of Sonic Star competition

Basingstoke Gazette: Ryan Upton

3:24pm Thursday 5th June 2014

You can vote for Ryan Upton and Whitewash to win throughout June.

Fire-breathing dragon helps to launch Basingstoke Festival 2014

Basingstoke Gazette: The dragon during the Basingstoke Live launch in Market Place

6:00am Friday 6th June 2014

A FIRE-breathing dragon was the centre of attention at the launch of Basingstoke Festival 2014.

The Gazette's leisure editor and her family travel to East Sussex to visit Europe's first Hello Kitty attraction

Basingstoke Gazette: The Gazette's leisure editor and her family travel to East Sussex to visit Europe's first Hello Kitty attraction

12:48pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

In addition to visiting the attraction, at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, they sampled the delights of Eastbourne.

REVIEW: Festival Street Kitchen, Festival Place, Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Festival Street Kitchen, Festival Place, Basingstoke

7:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

Festival Street Kitchen has been operating since 2013 and in that time, it has become an incredibly popular town centre culinary destination, presenting seasonal, often local fare to passing trade.

Smoke-breathing dragon to visit Basingstoke town centre

Basingstoke Gazette: The Dragon Heart Beat dragon will visit Basingstoke town centre at lunchtime

6:00am Friday 30th May 2014

A HUGE smoke-breathing dragon will head through town today to mark the launch of the 2014 Basingstoke Festival.

REVIEW: Blended

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Blended

5:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

This inanely charming film deserves not to sink under the weight of the new X-Men movie, with which it will compete for box office when it opens this week.

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

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

7:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

I was determined to sort out the matter when I read After You, the excellent book on grief by the actress Natasha McElhone, whose surgeon husband died suddenly aged 43.

New centre, toy shop and cafe now welcoming visitors to Paulton's Park and Peppa Pig World

Basingstoke Gazette: The entrance to The Big Toy Shop

10:57am Monday 19th May 2014

The award-winning park, which is home to the only Peppa Pig World in existence, opened its new welcome building recently, and The Gazette was among the media invited to take a look.

This week...carpe diem-ing and following Kipling's advice

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

7:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

We owe it to ourselves to make full use of our lives, to get out there and get involved, to never turn down opportunities which might prove fruitful and which might enhance our lives no end.

REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar, Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society

Basingstoke Gazette: The cast on The Haymarket stage

12:15pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

Performances take place in The Haymarket until Saturday.

Former Aldworth pupils set for reunion

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

9:00am Sunday 11th May 2014

A 25-YEAR reunion for all students who left Richard Aldworth school students who left in 1989 will take place upstairs in Plush Lounge Bar, Wote Street, Basingstoke, on Saturday, June 28 from 8pm.

This week...our daughter is accepted by the school we wanted

1:17pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

THE school emails arrived, and in the end it was all OK.

Rainbows pack can't restart without volunteer

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

9:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A VOLUNTEER is needed to help re-start the Rainbows pack in Kempshott, Basingstoke.

There's a great line-up for this Easter's Silkfest at Sanctuary Live, in Basingstoke's Top of The Town

Basingstoke Gazette: There is a great line-up for this Easter's Silkfest at The Sanctuuary, in Basingstoke's Top of The Town

11:16am Thursday 17th April 2014

OVER 35 bands have been announced for the line-up of Silkfest 2014.

Generous audiences at Basingstoke show raises over £2,000 for charity

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

9:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

GENEROUS audiences at the Basingstoke Gang Show 2014, which ran for 11 performances in The Haymarket in February, raised £2,350 for charity.

This week...we have signed up to an on-demand streaming service

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I ALREADY fret about how much television I watch, so it makes little sense that the husband and I have signed up to add a whole lot more of it to our lives.

This week...I am grateful for the support of my family and friends

7:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

IN these days when even the worst person in the world could probably rustle up a few hundred Facebook ‘friends’, it’s nice to be reminded what the word really means.

This week...male domestic negligence!

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

GIVEN that my last column was an expression of gratitude to those who supported me during my recent hospital visit, I found it no coincidence that my mind was occupied with making an effort on behalf of a loved one during the rest of the week.

Devoted couple celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss

Basingstoke Gazette: Peter and Carole Catton

5:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

IT WAS love at first sight for a Basingstoke couple who last week celebrated 50 years of marriage.

REVIEW: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger

9:17pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

ALMOST three years on from his debut solo outing, Marvel’s super soldier Captain America returns to cinema screens next week.

Basingstoke Male Voice Choir celebrates 50th anniversary this month

Basingstoke Gazette: The picure of the first rehearsal from The Gazette article, January 1987

3:30pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

ARTHUR Attwood wrote in The Gazette in January 1987 that “the town has never seen anything before quite like [Basingstoke Male Voice Choir] the band of singers who carried the name of Basingstoke to distant places.”      

This week... our daughter's lost her special comfort toy

7:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

SOMEONE very important has gone missing in our house.

Hairy Bikers ride into Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, sign copies of their new book in Waterstone's, Festival Place.

1:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

HUNDREDS of local fans of culinary duo The Hairy Bikers had the chance to meet their heroes when they came to Basingstoke this week – and, perhaps not surprisingly, there was food on the menu as well.

Exhibition of items associated with cricket commentator John Arlott currently at Willis Museum

Basingstoke Gazette: Commentator John Arlott

5:00pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

The pieces in the exhibition in the Top of The Town museum have been loaned by Mr Arlott’s son Tim, and will be there until the end of March.

REVIEW: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette: Credit Robert Workman

12:33pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

AUDIENCES for the five performances of this new Charlie & Lola production were very busy – quite rightly, given the quality of these shows.

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