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  • Backers sworn in for youth

    Saints youth teams will bear a new name on their shirts thanks to one of the biggest sponsorship deals in the club's history. Centerprise International, a Basingstoke-based computer manufacturer, have signed a three-year deal worth more than £500,000

  • Youth theatre enacts inspiring story

    THE WORLD premiere of a play which tells the life of one of Britain's bravest athletes is about to take to the stage at Chandler's Ford. Playwright Mark Wheeller has allowed Eastleigh Borough Youth Theatre to present for the first time his latest work

  • Hardy's stolen gun returns to museum

    POLICE have recovered one of two antique pistols stolen from a New Forest museum. The weapons were once owned by Captain Thomas Hardy who served alongside Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Police launched a nationwide hunt for the pistols

  • Polo club no to campsite

    POLO players in the New Forest have stepped into the campaign against plans to open up a huge new 980-pitch campsite in fields adjoining the New Forest Showground at Brockenhurst. The Forestry Commission has already run into strong opposition over the

  • Father figures rock UK

    Grandaddy: Southampton University, Saturday IF YOU thought big American beards went out with ZZ Top then you'd be mistaken. US rockers Grandaddy - who boast some prodigious facial hair of their own - are currently taking the UK by storm on their latest

  • Geordie-boy Jimmy

    Jimmy Nail: Portsmouth Guildhall, May 12 JIMMY Nail is living proof that you don't need a brilliant voice - or pretty features - to forge a successful career in rock'n'roll. The actor-turned-singer, who reinvented himself as a country-tinged music star

  • Gold items haul

    A DISTINCTIVE gold sovereign dated 1894 was among valuables stolen in a house break-in at Forest Hills Drive, Townhill Park. Police said the sovereign, valued at £400, had a picture of Queen Victoria on the reverse and was mounted on a gold chain. Also

  • Conmen use bogus IDs to target OAPs

    BOGUS workmen are using false ID cards to trick their way into the homes of Southampton pensioners and steal their savings. Police today warned elderly people to be on their guard after a block of sheltered flats in Bitterne were targeted by conmen. Among

  • An evening of Victorian music and entertainment

    Old Time Music Hall: The Players' Theatre Romsey Plaza, Tuesday to Saturday GOOD entertainment doesn't come with a sell-by date - and if it's proof you want, look no further than the Players' Theatre. Based beneath the railway arches of Charing Cross

  • Father of the Briers

    Spike: The Nuffield Theatre, until March 3 SEEING Richard Briers play a baddie is odd enough. But, for the next four weeks, Nuffield audiences will experience an extra frisson of oddness - seeing him acting with his real-life wife and daughter. Briers

  • Fuelling safety

    ESSO has joined forces with RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, to offer small firms and organisations in Hampshire the opportunity to improve their health and safety management with a safety scholarship. Employers are required to

  • Six Nations is what matters

    England's most capped full-back, Matt Perry, writes for the Echo and looks forward to tomorrow's Six Nations Opener with Wales in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. SAY what you like about our victories over South Africa, Australia and Argentina in the summer

  • Griffith chases £1,000 prize in Warners' final

    HAMPSHIRE'S Darren Griffith will have grand ideas in the national finals of the Warner Holidays Champion of Champions singles next month. The Isle of Wight under-25 international will be one of 16 bowlers chasing the top prize of £1,000 plus a Warners

  • In Port

    Today's Principal Arrivings: Margareta B, container, 0430, 206W; Nordsee, container, 1730, 206E; Autotransporter, vehicle carrier, 2300, 201 link. Today's Principal Sailings: OOCL China, container, 0700, 205; Margareta B, container, AM, 206W; Vectis Isle

  • Youth theatre enacts inspiring story

    THE WORLD premiere of a play which tells the life of one of Britain's bravest athletes is about to take to the stage at Chandler's Ford. Playwright Mark Wheeller has allowed Eastleigh Borough Youth Theatre to present for the first time his latest work

  • Can't get a good kip...

    CATS get stuck in all sorts of places but one took it all in his stride when firefighters used a snake to rescue him. Gosport's blue watch were called to a house in Priory Road, Elson, after a doting owner realised one of his cats had disappeared up the

  • All aboard for a festival of sailing

    HAMBLE Parish Council has cleared the way for land-based events to go ahead as part of this year's Hamble Week. This year's festival of sailing events and shore-based activities is set to run from June 30 to July 8 and secretary of Hamble Week (Land)

  • We don't want the incinerator fall-out

    FEARS have been expressed that Hamble might suffer the fall-out from a huge new incinerator being built on the other side of Southampton Water. Work is already well under way on the burner near Fawley which will help dispose of Britain's 600,000-tonne

  • Ramprakash released

    HAMPSHIRE will be alerted by the news that Middlesex have released England batsman Mark Ramprakash. Hampshire captain Robin Smith is a known admirer of the former Middlesex skipper who was released after 14 years with the county. Although he has struggled

  • Nightingale axed by returning boss

    PORTSMOUTH player-manager Steve Claridge intends to play through the pain tomorrow in a bid to pep up his team's limp attack. Luke Nightingale has started the last four Blues games while an unfit Claridge has relegated himself to the susbtitutes' bench

  • Hardy's stolen gun returns to museum

    POLICE have recovered one of two antique pistols stolen from a New Forest museum. The weapons were once owned by Captain Thomas Hardy who served alongside Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Police launched a nationwide hunt for the pistols

  • The art of collecting

    A Cornucopia of Collections: Millais Gallery, until February 24 If you think it's only anorak-wearing, train-spotting types or wealthy celebrities who collect things, then a new exhibition at the Millais gallery might surprise you. Nine lecturers from

  • Sofa so good

    Conceptual Interiors: Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art and Craft, until March 25 UNTIL a few years ago, self-expression in the home went no further than deciding whether to put the Mateus Rose lampshade on the telly or the sideboard. In recent times, though

  • Team Phillips crew in parting of the waves

    The Team Phillips project crew, led by Pete Goss, are parting ways after the disappointing end to their campaign which saw their giant catamaran abandoned and lost at sea. His right hand man Andy Hindley, a colleague of Pete Goss from the 1992 Britsh

  • Oakley ready to brave a Toon Army onslaught!

    HAVING watched from the safety of the trenches last season, Matt Oakley will don his tin hat, ready to go over the top and face the muck and bullets at Newcastle on Sunday. Injury ruled Oakley out of last season's trip to St James' Park, and he suffered

  • QUILLS (18) ***

    IT IS reckoned men think about sex every couple of seconds. But thankfully they're not all on the level of the Marquis de Sade. Set in post-Revolutionary France, Quills finds the demented Marquis (Geoffrey Rush) incarcerated in an asylum at the expense

  • On the Big Screen

    Pick of the flicks showing in the Hampshire region this week 102 DALMATIONS (U)**: Glen Close and Gerard Depardieu in Disney's sequel - Odeon, Southampton; UCG Southampton; The Screen, Winchester. ALMOST FAMOUS (15)***: A 70s group reach for fame - Odeon

  • QE2 charts course to help children

    THE LIVES of hundreds of disabled Hampshire youngsters are to be dramatically improved as Southampton's world-famous passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sails full speed ahead to their aid. The Southampton-based charity ChildrenSay is now in line

  • Graveyard security put on fast track

    COUNCIL chiefs have pledged to step up security to stop vandals and thieves desecrating grav-es - but ruled out setting up permanent patrols as being too costly. The city's environment boss, Councillor Richard Williams, has asked officials to make fast-track

  • Pledge of support for Vosper families

    SOUTHAMPTON City Council has vowed to give full support to local families and communities if the government forces the end of shipbuilding on the South Coast. Earlier this week the council joined the city of Portsmouth, trade unions, MPs and industrial

  • Frantic call for extra packers

    A RELIGIOUS leader has appealed for Hampshire residents to help pack vital aid for India. Volunteers are desperately needed today to help at the Vedic Society Temple in Radcliffe Road, Southampton. Lorry drivers are also needed to be on stand-by to deliver

  • Garage scam may end up in courts

    A SOUTHAMPTON garage faces prosecution after an undercover trading standards crackdown on car servicing exposed an alleged scam. The unnamed business told a city council officer that hundreds of pounds of unnecessary work was needed on his vehicle. Nine

  • Last word in sumptuousness on board megaliner

    This is the first glimpse of the most dramatic impresion yet of how Queen Mary 2 will look as she sails into New York for the first time. Cunard's £538 million passenger liner Queen Mary 2 is set to enter service in Southampton during December 2003. Destined

  • The dark side of life

    Dark Tales: The Gantry, tomorrow night By the admission of it's director this show is grotesque, but not in the way you might expect. There is no gratuitous sex, violence or bad acting. Instead there is an energetic, exaggerated, humorous yet bleak take

  • Gallic help to buy 'chez nous'

    A NEW property company has been set up in Winchester to help people buy new homes in France. Auvergne Sur Mesure is run by Rachel Bourrachot-Leonard and offers a comprehensive support and advice service for anyone looking to buy a property in the Auvergne

  • More space benefits legal eagles

    SOUTHAMPTON law firm Moore & Blatch Solicitors has taken on new offices in the city as part of an expansion move and has relocated its entire insurance and personal injury division to the new base in London Road. The firm says it has become necessary

  • Fight to sink town scheme

    A TWO-pronged attack is to be launched by Eastleigh council in a bid to sink proposals for a new town on green fields south of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak. Two months ago, borough councillors backed a draft planning blueprint which inc-luded a new major

  • Barman is voted top all-rounder

    Southampton trialthlete Linda Connor was an appropriate principal guest at Sotonia CC's presentation dinner, writes Chris Davies. More than 60 members were at Copythorne and biggest recipients were the club's Best All-Rounder, Graham Barman, who brought

  • Minnows face uphill tasks in Hants cup

    IT is going to be a very busy weekend on the local rugby scene, with a number of rearranged league fixtures being played tomorrow and cup games in the two Hampshire knock-out competitions taking place on Sunday. Two league games stand out tomorrow, Basingstoke's

  • Deputy PM calls in out-of-town scheme

    DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott has called in a plan to expand Hedge End's out-of-town shopping facilities plus provide a health and fitness centre. Town Quay Developments Ltd applied to Eastleigh Borough Council for outline permission to build three

  • Atherley lose out on Sekjer but see off East Dorset rivals

    ATHERLEY have lost out in the attempt to land Kent skip Martyn Sekjer. Although the 43-year-old former international is currently working in Southampton and is a social member at Atherley he has opted to play for East Dorset next winter. "I have returned

  • Barber's triple chance in opener

    DORSET'S first point to point of the season takes place this Sunday when the South Dorset Hunt hosts its meeting at Millborne St Andrew. There is a good entry of 152 for the seven race card. The Restricted race begins proceedings at noon. Corey Gardener's

  • Cleaner crisis could force school to shut

    A PRIMARY school in Basingstoke is facing closure because it cannot recruit any cleaners. A letter has been sent to parents at the 385-pupil Chalk Ridge Primary School in Brighton Hill saying that unless the situation improves in the next few days "the

  • Time ticks on for clock poll

    A GENERAL election may be looming, but Bishop's Waltham residents are calling time and going to the polls early. They are voting in the Great Bishop's Waltham millennium clock referendum. The big question is whether the town should have a millennium clock

  • England Under-19 suffer nightmare start in India

    HAMPSHIRE'S Chris Tremlett made his contribution to England Under-19s dreadful start to the first in the one-day international series in Hyderabad. Tremlett, batting at number six, made just six runs as England's youngsters were dismissed for just 127

  • Rose wins tough battle to beat cut in Australia

    Justin Rose won his battle to halt a role reversal on day two of the Heineken Classic at the Vines Resort in Perth yesterday. After two second places in South Africa and a storming move up to fourth in the Volvo European Order of Merit, the Hampshire

  • March date for topless smart

    THE PRICE of the smart City Cabriolet will be £9,360 on-the-road, it has been announced. Production of the official UK version of the open-topped smart begins in March and customers will be able to take delivery from April. The smart City Cabriolet will

  • Clear view of sport Volvo

    VOLVO has unveiled its vision of the sports utility market with the unveiling of its Adventure Concept Car (ACC). "We want to show that we mean business when we say that we have what it takes to compete with the very best in the SUV segment," says Hans-Olov

  • Innovation Express try to close gap

    The Race leader Club Med has reached the south-east point of New Zealand's South Island and now has just half the globe left to circumnavigate. Grant Dalton's high speed catamaran that has dominated most of the 31 days racing so far has completed 13,800

  • We don't want the incinerator fall-out

    FEARS have been expressed that Hamble might suffer the fall-out from a huge new incinerator being built on the other side of Southampton Water. Work is already well under way on the burner near Fawley which will help dispose of Britain's 600,000-tonne