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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.

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.

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.

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