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contents 4-5 Business Update Spotlight focusing on the work and support that Enterprise M3 provides to local businesses.

your local voice A huge welcome to the first edition of The Basingstoke Central. You, the reader, are very important to us and our first editorial is a plea to hear from the public as to what you want to see within our newsletter. The Basingstoke Central would like to hear from local businesses who want to spread the word about what they do best, charities who need to raise awareness, individuals with an engaging story they wish to share or anyone hosting a local event, whatever its nature. We would love to hear from the local communities around Basingstoke. Currently our newsletter goes out to 6,000 homes quarterly in the RG21 region of Basingstoke as well as being found in many shops. We are also compiling an email list of readers who prefer our ‘green’ approach and receive an electronic copy in their inbox (see details below). It’s our goal to tailor the content to what our readers want and hopefully expand and grow the newsletter to a wider audience in Basingstoke. Please do tell your family and friends about us! You can also find us online here: The Basingstoke Central

6-9 local news We hear about the Oakridge pub ‘The Soldiers Return’ and summarise the past 3 months of local news. 10-11 interviews We speak to Basingstoke’s hottest band Concept and an inspiring young man who lost his sight to a rare eye disease but has gone on to start his own business. 12 weddings Is the number 13 stopping couples from getting married? 13 SPORT A round up of the latest sports news. 14 charities Local charity news and events information. 15 roundup We’re out and about in Basingstoke to bring you local events, festivals and performances.

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We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy the first publication as well as many to come. Duncan & Matt Editors Email: info@thebasingstokecentral.co.uk Our thanks go to Gemma Eagle and Laura Fisher for their contributions.

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BUSINESS UPDATE

Hawk-Eye to Be used in the Premier League It has been confirmed that Hawk-Eye, a company based at Sony on the Viables Estate, had beaten off competition to provide goal-line technology to football’s Barclays Premier League. At the start of the next football season, the technology systems will be used across the 20 clubs and all 380 Barclays Premier League matches.

Summer opening on course for SKYDIVERS

Hawk-Eye uses cameras to track the exact location of the ball, with seven cameras are used per goal-line. The cameras inform referees when the ball has crossed the goal-line using a vibration and a signal to the officials’ watches within one second.

The new indoor skydiving centre located in the Basingstoke Leisure Park is progressing well.

First developed in 1999, Hawk-Eye Innovations was acquired by Sony in 2011 and employs around 50 people in Basingstoke. Hawk-Eye is one of the leading vision processing companies in sports and has revolutionised a variety of sports such as tennis, golf and snooker, including major events like Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup.

Steel work at the front of the building is almost complete, where two ski slopes, a dry surfing simulator and racing car simulators and a coffee shop will be housed. Electrical and mechanical work is expected to commence within the complex soon. Airkix, the company building the £6 million facility, said the project was on target to open to the public in summer 2013. The complex will be one of only three indoor Airkix skydiving centres in the UK – the others are based in Milton Keynes and Manchester.

SPOTLIGHT

Basingstoke’s leading role Basingstoke sits very much in the middle of Enterprise M3, the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) reflecting the leading role that it played in establishing a LEP for this area, long before it was decided that LEPs would cover all of England. In the two years that it has been established Enterprise M3 has been responding to increasing responsibilities placed on it by government. It led a response to identify the highway pinch points across its area - one result of which is that improvements to the Black Dam roundabout will be started later this year. 4

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Enterprise M3 was given £22m by government to advance projects that will stimulate economic growth and housing. So far this fund has been used to support projects in Woking, Guildford, Farnham, Aldershot and rural superfast broadband across the area - more projects will be announced in the next few months. Enterprise M3 is clear that it must remain as responsive as possible to the needs of business in its area. To achieve this it likes to hear from businesses of all sizes to understand their particular needs. To learn more about Enterprise M3, and to make your views known, please go to www.enterprisem3.org.uk

WHAT IS A LEPs? Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were established by this government as part of their localism agenda and there are now 39 of them covering all of England. They are partnerships between the private and public (and not for profit) sectors whose remit is to promote enterprise and economic growth across their area. COVERAGE The Enterprise M3 area stretches 75 miles through Hampshire and Surrey, from rural communities in the New Forest to the perimeter of Heathrow Airport.


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INSPIRE 2013 AWARDS launches

Record Number of Start-Ups in basingstoke

It is the 9th year of the Inspire Business Awards programme and the call for nominations for 2013 will be take place at DeVere Venues Warbrook House in Eversley on Monday 3rd June.

2012 saw a record number of company formations in Basingstoke suggesting the area is becoming a hub for business start-ups. Numbers have been steadily rising in Basingstoke area since the recession hit back in 2008.

After the success of last year organisers hope local businesses will come along to this free event and find out more about entering, enjoy lunch and talk to previous winners and sponsors about their experiences. The awards celebrate and highlight the successes of businesses from across north Hampshire.

Want to inform the people of Basingstoke about your business? If you are just starting out or are already a large award winning firm, let us know your latest news: info@thebasingstokecentral.co.uk

New research from Duport.co.uk shows there were 834 new companies formed last year - more than any other year on record for the area.

B&M Store opens One of the country’s fastest growing retailers has opened for business on Worting Road, next to Morrisons supermarket – providing employment for more than 70 people.

Factors such as proximity to London, town centre regeneration and relatively cheap business accommodation have attracted both huge and new companies to Basingstoke.

B&M Homestore has been opening an average of one new store every week and had been waiting for an opportunity to build in Basingstoke for three years.

Another factor attracting start-ups is the Enterprise M3 (see page 4), which has government funding available for Hampshire businesses.

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bring your plants to life Building on their inaugural success in 2012, Basingstoke in Bloom Voluntary Committee (BIB) are again this year organising Gardening and Photographic Competitions open to all residents, businesses, communities, and schools within the Borough of Basingstoke & Deane. The aims are to engage local people from all sectors in: •• Enhancing residential, commercial, and public areas •• Actively participating in creative, enjoyable, fulfilling outdoor activities •• Experiencing the joys of growing plants, exploring, protecting, or capturing the beauty of our natural or urban environment on camera

Garden & Photo Competitions 2013 •• Gaining a sense of both personal achievement and pride in our Borough-wide collective accomplishment. Full competition information including electronic entry forms, categories, closing dates, etc. can be found at: www.basingstokeinbloom.com Hard copy entry forms can be collected from several local garden centres including BIB sponsors Wyevale and supporters Hardy’s. BIB are furthermore most grateful to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council for their funding support.

SPOTLIGHT

The Soldiers Returns Is The Soldiers Return Public House due to reopen its doors? The 150 year old building situated on Upper Sherbourne Road in Basingstoke has been closed for the last year after the owners, The Wellington Pub Company, attempting to gain planning permission to knock the building down and use the plot to build flats. Following a 91 person signed petition and the backing of the Basingstoke Heritage Society, Basingstoke and Deane Council decided against the application. The building has been left dormant and empty, gradually deteriorating over the last year with unsightly security screens attached. The pub is now due a new lease of life having been taken over by Duncan Carter (The Basingstoke Centrals co-owner) and his family including Sally and Kevin Dinham and his partner Sam Dinham. We asked Duncan to talk to us about his plans for the pub. Duncan has stated that a large refurbishment will be taking place inside and out to bring it back up to date and revive the pub back to a community hub. 6

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THE SOLDIERS RE TURN

“The pub is a large building and allows us to incorporate three different pub experiences - a comfy adult style room including sofas and log burners, a restaurant area suitable for families with children and a sports room with darts board, pool table and TV’s showing Sky Sports.” We are told the pub will have a very English theme taken through onto the menu, which Duncan described as a slightly innovative but traditional homemade pub grub. The pub opening is planned for May/June when the owners intend to host a weekend-long opening party - so look out for that date!


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TRAFFIC NOTICE Basingstoke Alencon link - accessibility and environmental improvements Duration and temporary traffic arrangements The works start in mid-April 2013 and we expect them to be completed by the end of November 2013.

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During this time a one-way traffic system will operate from Chapel Hill Roundabout to Victory Roundabout. A diversion route with prominent signage will be in operation for all traffic headed for the Malls and Anvil car parks. This will bring drivers in from the north along Brunel Road, Houndmills Road, Kingsclere Road and Chapel Hill. Access to the station car parks to the north of the rail station will be via the Eastrop roundabout. The one-way system will let drivers exit from these car parks towards the west via Alencon Link as normal. Bus access to the interchange will not be affected and buses will reach the rail station interchange from the east only during this time.

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JESSOPS set to re-open its doors Camera chain Jessops is currently being fitted-out to start trading again in The Malls. It is anticipated that the Basingstoke store will open soon, employing about 10 staff. The well-known photography chain, went into administration in January. However, the retailer is set to be revitalised after it was bought by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

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the vyne displays ring that inspired Tolkien?

Jessops, one of Britain’s most historic retailers and iconic British brands, expects to open around 30 stores creating up to 500 jobs nationwide. This news coincides with the announcement that HMV is to stay in business in Festival Place.

A new exhibition at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, investigates whether a cursed Roman ring, found at an archaeological site in Silchester, inspired Tolkien to write the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The ring bears the inscription, in Latin, “Senicianus live well in God”. Tolkein was researching the story of the curse of a Roman ring for two years before starting Bilbo Baggins’ tale. For many years, the ring has lay almost forgotten in a corner of the Library. It is now on display with a first edition of The Hobbit and a copy of the curse. The exhibition also contains memorabilia from The Tolkien Society's own archive.

PROPOSED RAILWAY STATION at CHINEHAM The idea of having a railway station at Chineham has long been discussed but now it has recently been included in a list of transport projects for Hampshire. Situated along the Basingstoke to Reading line, the estimated cost of £7m has proved a stumbling block in the past. However, plans have progress as a recent stated that the station “would provide access to Chineham Business Park and proposed new areas of growth”.

Exciting plans for the top of town Basingstoke town centre is to have a breath of new life. New plans have been drawn up following the appointment of a new project co-ordinator. The main focus on these plans are improvements to the Top of the Town and revitalisation of parts of the town centre to make sure they complement the success of Festival Place, The Anvil and the revamped Malls.

Other proposals include a link road to the north of the Taylors Farm development that would provide access to the business park and the proposed railway station.

Chas Bradfield is the new Basingstoke Town Centre Project Manager at the borough council and has the job of finalising initiatives to improve the Top of the Town area, which have been boosted by the injection of £200,000 of borough council cash to add to the £100,000 High Street Innovation Fund the council got from the Government under the Mary Portas work.

Other schemes included in the list are improvements to junctions at roundabouts on the A30, including Brighton Hill Roundabout and Kempshott Roundabout, on the A33 at Chineham, and the A340 north of the A339 Ringway junction.

Work on the physical appearance of the area has already started with the refurbishment of seats and the areas around them in Market Place. Proposals for new paving and a scheme for improvements to the public areas are expected to be in place by early summer 2014.

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Summary

Catch up on some of the other headlines from the past three months of Basingstoke news....

River Loddon pollution ISSUES The Environment Agency has been monitoring the River Loddon since the end of 2012 and has evidence to demonstrate that water is polluted, Excessive phosphate levels mean that the river fails to meet the quality standards expected under the European Water Framework Directive. Phosphate pollution damages the animal and plant life and the continuing problem has a bearing on housing levels in the Basingstoke area. Water supply, and the availability of water to deal with sewage are hugely important in determining how many houses can be built. Calls have been made for a proper solution to the river pollution since 2007.

TESCO’s APPEAL REJECTED Campaigners are celebrating after an appeal by Tesco to build a new store in Basingstoke has been dismissed. The Government’s planning inspectorate refused the supermarket giants permission to build on the former Smiths Industries site. Tesco was seeking to overturn a decision to refuse planning permission made in July last year by borough planning chiefs.

Thousands protest at AWE

NEW LIDL IN CHINEHAM

Around 2,000 people turned up to protest in opposition to nuclear weapons being onsite at AWE. The protest was carried out on 1 April, lasted two hours and was peaceful.

A second Lidl superstore in Basingstoke started to take shape as buildings off the A33 in Chineham where being demolishing to make way for the 1,458 sq m store.

Milestones hit a milestone! The Basingstoke museum hit a milestone when it had its 100,000th visitor this month during its Lego mania exhibition.

Festival place run A 5k race has been launched to take place on 30 June in Festival Place. The course will follow a route around the shopping centre, Eastrop Park and Basing View. Participants can enter for £10 or £8 for UK Athletics affiliated runners. Go online to www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk before May 31 to register.

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INTERVIEW

CONCEPT: ONWARDS AND UPWARDS Not only have they nearly 60,000 Twitter followers and a growing online fanbase of ‘Connies’, but Concept have just performed at their first sell-out home headline concert at The Haymarket this April. We’ve been given full access to the band who are currently Basingstoke’s hottest music prospect. The band lineup consists of five local lads - Karim Newton, Ben Selley, Matt Goodenough, Scott Dicks and Nathan Gittens. Do you consider yourself a boy band? Ben: No, we are an acoustic group! Our sound is a blend of many genres and styles. Scott: I have no problem with people saying we’re a boyband, but I think there is more to us then just five boys. You have a large and growing number of fans. Are most of them a) lovely b) passionate or c) crazy? Matt: Our fans are all three! Lovely, crazy and extremely passionate. The thing that I love about our fans is how loyal they are. Karim: Well the craziest thing a fan has ever asked me to do is write out their tattoo! How did you guys get to know each other? Nathan: Well we’ve all (apart from Karim) played football since we were kids. Matt: We played football since we were 5, and Karim went to my secondary school so we all knew each other really well when the band started up. What’s the hardest thing about being in a band? Karim: Finding time off and organising ourselves is tough because we all either have college or work to contend with. Nathan: Having to learn so much, so quickly like sound and performance techniques and how the music industry works. But every day is a school day as they say and we are loving it! If you had to be another member of the band, who would it be and why? Ben: I would be Matt, because he dances really well and I would love to be able to dance! Matt: I would like to be Ben because I would love to know what his view is like, because he’s so tall and I would touch my own hair a lot because it feels amazing! 10

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Check out Concept: www.conceptofficial.co.uk What are some of your passions outside of music? Nathan: We’re all big football fans. Scott: I’m a massive Liverpool fan! Karim: Reading. I love being able to learn about things that interest me so I love buying books and learning something new. What was the last song that stopped you in your tracks? Matt: I’ve rekindled a passion for Busted at the moment and I keep playing ‘Sleeping with the light on’ because I can’t stop singing it. Ben: ‘Don’t say you love me’ by Gabrielle Aplin - I love this song. I like chilling out to Charlie Simpson and Ben Howard as well. Give us a fact your fans might not know. Scott: Me and Matt played for North Hampshire cricket when we were eleven! You‘ve just sold out your first major gig in your home town. What is best about Basingstoke? Karim: It’s home. My dreams were born here, my future has started here. Scott: Just knowing that it’s home. We have so many memories here as we’ve all lived here since we were young, no other place will hold as many memories.

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The rapidly progressive symptoms begin with a sudden, painless loss of central vision. Figuring out what to do when it happened was confusing, with many issues to address all at once. Unfortunately he had to leave his job due to Health and Safety requirements on building sites and also lost his driving licence.

Sensational VISION Losing your vision must be scary, turning your life upside down. In July last year Sam Appleton, a 20 year carpenter, lost most of his vision to a very rare disease of the eye called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) within months. It began when Sam was having difficulty in seeing the finer detail in his work, so he went to his opticians who advised he seek specialist advise. After many tests Sam was diagnosed with LHON but by this point reading, driving and recognising faces was impossible.

Sam though, has been determined that this would not effect the way he lives his life. In September 2012 he attended BCOT, and with his family’s continued support soon turned his hand to become a trained Masseur, where he has achieved high recognition. Whilst waiting for his qualifications, he has started his own business called “Blind Sensations” with all his current work raising money for the Open Sight charity. Blind Sensations has a bright future with the business growing in a matter of weeks. In just under a month of launching his Facebook page, he has seen a massive influx of followers and bookings. As a result of Sam’s hard work, he is now working with the Halo Hair & Beauty salon in Kempshott and has offered his skills at the recent Tadley Youth Council Event and the local Spring Psychic Fayre. Sam is looking forward with the same strength and tenacity as before he become blind.

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WEDDINGS

Unlucky in love or just a silly superstition? Is the fear of the number 13 affecting the number of couples wanting to have a 2013 wedding? Many wedding venues across the county are reporting a drop in bookings this year because couples appear to believe in the myth of the number 13 being ‘unlucky for some’. Local businessman Neil Moss, wedding photographer/owner of Kamper Klicks said ‘We have had a few couples tell us they have postponed their wedding due to superstition this year, but as a result of this our 2014/15 bookings are up, which is a really encouraging sign’. Others, however, believe the downturn in bookings and orders could be for more practical reasons. Tanya Bone of The Favour Box explained ‘We would also put it down to couples saving their pennies this year; many people just don’t have a lot of money to get married at the moment.”

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However it could be a money-saving year for couples planning to get married. With venues already discounting weddings held on Friday 13ths, this could offer up some nice savings if the happy couple are brave enough for getting hitched on the unlucky year? Have said all of this, you do make your own luck. The date or year should have nothing to do with the outcome of your day. Good luck! Check out future local wedding events list below.

POP ALONG TO A lOCAL WEDDING EVENT 9 May

Pitt Hall Barn Evening Fair Pitt Hall Farm RG26 5RJ (on A339)

9 June Warbrook House Eversley, Hampshire RG27 0PL 30 June

Sandford Springs Golf Club Kingsclere, Hampshire RG26 5RT

18 August Audleys Wood Hotel Alton Road, Basingstoke RG25 2JT

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SPORT

BASINGSTOKE RFC push for promotion

A NEW STADIUM FOR THE DRAGONS

Basingstoke Rugby Club have moved a step closer to a promotion play-off after winning their last 12 matches in a row. The Down Grange club are second in the table but must travel to runaway champions East Grinstead in their final game. They are almost certain to finish as runners-up if they can avoid defeat.

BISON JUST MISS OUT on silverware The Basingstoke Bison suffered heartbreak after a sudden death shoot-out in the play-off semi-finals. The Bisons were after their first piece of silverware in 13 years after they qualified for the play-offs during their best ever season in the English Premier League. They lost 5-4 to the Manchester Phoenix who went on to win the final beating the Guildford Flames 5-2.

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The Basingstoke Central , On New Year’s Ever 2012 we sadly lost our beautiful baby girl Amelia Ivy at 35 weeks due to a rare chromosomal disorder called Edwards Syndrome. We had been told of the possibility of Edwards syndrome at 20 weeks and offered a termination. As we had been trying for four years we didn’t want to lose her and we held out hope that she would be ok or that we would be given some time with her. However, sadly she was born asleep weighing 5 pounds 1 ounce and looking absolutely perfect. Together with our friends who also sadly lost their beautiful baby Bethany at two days old to Strep B in 2010 we are holding a charity night to raise much needed money for both Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) and Group B Strep Support (GBSS). This black tie event will be held on the 11th May 2013 at the Apollo hotel with tickets available for only £35 per person. The evening event will include: * Professional photo to take home * 3 course meal and coffee * Auction with prizes including hot air balloon ride, signed Arsenal shirt, signed Manchester United football, Chelsea Soccer School place, Day Tattoo session and lots more. * Disco Childcare can also be provided by qualified nursery staff. For further information or to purchase a ticket please join our Facebook group ‘forget me not charity event’ or contact us at forgetmenotbabyangels@gmail.com Leah & James Mitchell 14

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SPOTLIGHT UK Spotlight UK are a registered charity whose remit is to "reach out" to community with the aim of "making a real difference to people's lives" through building confidence, self-esteem and social interaction. Their HQ is based at the Popley Spotlight Centre where they offer a variety of activities that caters for all ages and needs. Quality coaching at affordable prices runs through the entire timetable. Classes include street dance, musical theatre, toddler groups, guitar clubs, LAMDA, choirs, messy play, soft play, music and movement, multi-activity clubs, theatre schools, drama and choreography. Week long holiday clubs are run in half terms and school holidays. Inclusive classes where children with special or additional needs are welcome and content is designed to suit them. Class ages run from pre-school to elderly and we cater for the whole community. To find out more please visit our website: www.spotlightuk.org. Alternatively, phone The Popley Spotlight Centre on 01256 325420 or email admin@spotlightuk.org


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Free Swimming Lessons for the Over 55s The borough Council are looking for participants for the next course of free swimming lessons for the over 55s which will be run at Basingstoke Sports Centre on Thursday afternoons. The course will start on 9th May 2013 and last ten weeks. Following the completion of your course, the Sports Centre are offering all participants a free 30 day pool pass. For more information or to book your place please contact Amy Sambell on 01256 845752 or amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk

If you like to laugh, sing, dance or entertain then come along to the auditions for Basingstoke Gang Show 2014. You will have a fun day with loads of great people and see what Basingstoke Gang Show is all about. Open to all members of Scouting and Guiding who will be 10 and a half years old or over by February

Have you got talent? Then let us know! The Basingstoke Variety Show (BVS) is looking for local talent to take part in their annual concert at The Anvil. Held in honour of the Mayor of Basingstoke and his charity appeal, YOU could be performing at this amazing event! If you are a talented individual or group then we want to hear about you! Email us at thebvs@ hotmail.co.uk with details about your act and we will shortlist the best ones to appear in the show! Whatever your talent - we want to hear from you! BVS 2013 will be our biggest variety show yet and we are looking to include over 300 local performers in this 'one night only' show. DON’T MISS OUT! Visit us at facebook.com/ basingstokevarietyshow for more information.

BASINGSTOKE HEALTH WALKS Walking for Health is a national initiative – a partnership between the Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Care - working towards encouraging physical activity for everyone. The walk programme is a gentle way to begin to exercise and Basingstoke has a number of walks. Please the council website at basingstoke.gov.uk or by emailing healthwalks@ basingstoke.gov.uk or by phoning 01256 844577.

2014 and Cubs who will be 8 years old by February 2014. Surnames A-L: 12th May 2013 Surnames M-Z: 19th May 2013 Auditions take place at Costello Technology College, 10am-4pm. For more information please contact Julie Allen on 01256 364301 or visit us at basingstokegangshow.com

dates for the diary The next Destination Basingstoke Shire Half Marathon will take place on 6th October 2013. The dates for this years OctoberFest – 11th, 12th & 13th of October! Tickets on sale from 1st July. The annual Basingstoke Festival created to showcase the wealth of talent and community spirit across the borough takes place from 20th June to 14th July 2013.

upcoming performances Just some of the shows on at The Anvil and Haymarket Theatre 9 May An Evening of Dirty Dancing 11 May Philharmonia Orchestra 14-18 May Little Shop of Horrors 19 May Jack Jones 31 May-2 June Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! 1 June A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8 June Flamenco Express 19 June Kerry Ellis & Brian May 29 June Sing-a-Long-a Grease For more information, availability and ticket purchases visit www.anvilarts.org.uk or contact the box office on 01256 844244. The Basingstoke Central

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