Seven Days

First published in Days Out Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

AT Southampton RUGBY CLUB… Sumo suits, hook a duck and biscuit decorating.

It’s all on the agenda at a family fun day set to take place tomorrow in honour of a brave little girl.

Two-year-old Olivia Penney, from Rownhams, suffers from Alexander’s Disease, a slowly progressing and fatal neurodegenerative condition.

Her parents Claire and Gary, who previously told their story in the Daily Echo, are determined to make every day count for their little angel.

And now friends and family have rallied around to organise a fundraising event so they can help little Olivia enjoy goals like splashing in the sea and seeing snow for the first time.

The event takes place between noon and 4pm and will go ahead in a marquee come rain or shine.

All are welcome to enjoy face painting, football, lucky dip, ice cream and visits from the Fire Brigade and Winnie the Pooh.

AT THE OVER 50S FESTIVAL… The annual feast for the over 50s continues with a host of activities all week.

Highlights include a Nordic Walking taster session, a ceilidh and a whist drive.

Sign up to enjoy a coach trip to Cardiff, the Ardingly antiques fair or a Blue Funnel cruise on the Hamble River.

Take up flat green bowling or ride your bike from Guildhall Square to Riverside Park.

AT Winchester FESTIVAL… Winchester Festival draws to a spectacular close this weekend with more treats for arts lovers.

Tonight, Winchesterbased author and journalist Jake Wallis Simons discusses his new book The Pure, a thriller about the Mossad and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran at The Guildhall at 6pm, followed by a concert from High Street busker turned international singer Kristyna Williams with support from Ben Williams.

There’s more literature tomorrow from Hannah Rothschild with The Baroness and All Hell Let Loose The World At War 1939–1945 by Max Hastings.

The story of the complex and intense relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms has fascinated music lovers for years and is the subject of the closing concert on Sunday night at Theatre Royal.

AT ITCHEN NAVIGATION, WINCHESTER… Winchester Samaritans host their major fund-raiser of the year as they bring dragon boat racing to St Cross on Sunday.

Sixteen teams will be taking part in the fun.

A variety of entertainment is also on offer including coconut shies, face painting, donkey rides and a beer tent and hog roast.

AT MOTTISFONT VILLAGE HALL… You’ll be seeing double at one family fun afternoon this weekend.

Southampton Twins Club is hosting its summer fundraiser tomorrow from midday.

Tickets are £15 per family to include food and soft drinks.

AT EASTLEIGH FOOTBALL CLUB… The club’s first ever family fun day will take place at the Silverlake Stadium tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

Young fans will be able to meet the full first team, see an open training session and have their picture taken with the Hampshire Cup.

Visitors will have unlimited access to the stadium and can enjoy a host of stalls and attractions.

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