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Spooky events arranged for Halloween

A spooky evening at Tudor House Credit: Southampton City Council

Spooky Halloween events are being arranged in Southampton. There will be a special 'spooky night' at Tudor House and Garden on 30 October. There will be free admission and late night opening until 9pm. The public are being invited to explore 800 years of history during the evening.


Christmas tree competition - prize - Downing Street trip

Now it might have been one of the warmest October days we've had for a long time. But Christmas tree growers from across the country have been gathering at Rolvenden in Kent, to compete for the award for best Christmas tree in the country.

We went along to meet them - and see what makes for a good tree. And how the market's likely to be this year.

And as John Ryall found out - a trip to Downing Street was the prize for the top grower.

Reading bus drivers take to the kitchen to celebrate black history month with some exotic cusine

A little spice on the canteen menu with foods from Africa and the Caribbean

They're more used to negotiating their way through the traffic in Reading, but this month some of the town's bus drivers have been swapping their uniforms for aprons.

They've taken over the kitchen at the works canteen to serve up dishes from different parts of the world. It's all to celebrate Black History Month. Penny Silvester went along to see how well the food has been going down.

The interviewees are bus driver Tricia James, Pablo Stevens - bus driver and Sierra Leonean chef; Randy Bancroft - Caribbean chef, and Shelley Townsend - bus driver.


Growers bid to get their Christmas tree in Downing Street

The Christmas tree at Downing Street Credit: PA

Growers from across the South will find out today if they will get their Christmas tree on the steps of Downing Street this year.

One hundred farmers have spent around ten years growing their best Nordman, Spruce or Fir.

They'll pitch for their best tree to take pride of place at the Prime Minister's residence.

Last year's winner was Colin Griffith from Oxfordshire

Fundraiser to listen to Rick Astley for 72 hours straight

'Never Gonna Give You Up' was a number one hit in Britain and became a famous internet meme Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

A fundraiser has agreed to lock himself in a room for and listen to Rick Astley's 1980's hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up' on repeat for 72 hours.

Jack White, from Southampton, has sought advice from a psychotherapist ahead of the challenge. He's raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The sponsored torture will be broadcast live over the internet. Viewers will be able to choose what food he has to eat - ranging from plain rice to tinned pilchards.

He will listen to the track around 2,000 times over the course of the weekend - and has promised that he won't be giving up.

Thousands of volunteers row from 'Marden to Madagascar' for charity

Firefighters joined in the fun in full kit and breathing apparatus Credit: Dandelion Time

Volunteers have rowed more than 5000 miles in Kent, without actually going anywhere. They were taking part in the county's biggest indoor rowing event, travelling the equivalent distance from Marden to Madagascar.

Thousands of people took part in the 5,600 mile journey, to raise money for the charity Dandelion Time. So far the event has raised £ 13,000 with further sponsorship still to come in.

A team from Marden Fire Service arrived in their Fire Engine and rowed in full kit and breathing apparatus. Their first visit was interrupted by call outs, but on their third visit they managed to row for over 1 hour

The youngest rower was 5 year old Thomas Pike Credit: Dandelion Time
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