Archive for May, 2012

May Day Arts Trail May 19th

May 19, 2012

Today was  the start of the second weekend of the Arts Trail.

This time it was the turn of Hayling Island to highlight the vast amount of local talent in the various fields of Art. We first visited The Thursday Art Group, the members of which displayed their talents at St. Patrick’s Church Hall. They included some excellent paintings and some lovely pottery in their displays.

We then went to the lovely home of Lizzie Cornelius, which is right on the beach, to see the very different type of painting which she produces. Some of it has been made into place mats and mugs. Check out

Finally, we went to the home of Sue & Zyg Kruk. This is set on a different shoreline and their display included Sue’s etchings and prints and Zyg’s clay sculptures of animals and people. Also on display was work from other artists which they have collected, including works from Zyg’s family home country of Poland.

With Sue Kruk

With Lizzie Cornelius

HBC/EHDC Staff Awards May 18th

May 19, 2012

Today saw the Annual Staff Awards at the Plaza. Many of the departments had displays of the work that they do. Elaine & I were asked to help judge the best display, along with Mark Waldron, Editor of “The News”.

At the Coastal Engineering stand

After a great deal of consideration it was decided to award the Certificate for Best Display to the Coastal Engineering team. This was a difficult decision as the standard of displays was very high.

After all the awards were presented to both Havant and East Hants recipients by Chief Executive, Sandy Hopkins, we were treated to some lively rock numbers by Havant’s own rock group, The Public Service Village People.

Then followed the raffle, after which I was blamed for not drawing the correct numbers!

After a quick change, it was full speed to our daughter’s new house in Brighton to help with the unpacking and, while Elaine looked after 1 year old Reuben, I had to plumb in the washing machine and sort out the central heating!

Hayling College Prize Evening May 17th

May 18, 2012

This evening Elaine & I attended the prize giving evening at Hayling College. We were welcomed by the Head Girl and then entertained by singing by 6 of the pupils before the prizes were awarded.
The College is divided into 4 Houses, Illustrious, Invincible, Victorious and Vigilant and the guest speaker was Captain Martin Connell, RN, the Captain of HMS Illustrious. He brought with him the Ship’s Bell from the World War II aircraft carrier of the same name. The bell shows the damage caused when the ship was attacked on her way to Malta on January 10th, 1941.

All those present were then invited to an excellent buffet which was prepared in-house.

Hayling Island Rowan’s Shop May 17th

May 17, 2012

This morning Elaine & I went to Hayling Island where I had the pleasure of opening a new Charity shop in Mengham for the Rowan’s Hospice .

Despite the weather being overcast and chilly, a large number of local residents were there to see the opening and then to browse through the shop and support this new venture.

With Chief Executive Ruth White and Chairman Ian Young

Gosport Mayor Making May 16th

May 16, 2012

Today saw the Mayor Making ceremony at Gosport where Councillor Richard Dickson assumed the mantle for the next municipal year. Before and during the ceremony we were treated to some excellent music from the Gosport Silver Band. The various parts of the proceedings were introduced by the ringing of the bell taken from HM Submarine Truant.

This was the last Mayor Making ceremony of the four “Harbour Mayors”, these being Havant, Fareham, Portsmouth and Gosport.

60 Words of Love May 15th

May 15, 2012

This afternoon we went to St. George’s Church in Waterlooville for the launch of a single CD which has been recorded for the Queen’s Jubilee.

The song has been recorded by Reverend Timon Singh and his daughter, Tabitha, and was composed by them together with his other daughter Rachel, wife Noreen and son Benjamin.

It can be downloaded from iTunes and the proceeds will go to the Army Benevolent Fund. It is a very catchy tune and I hope that you will listen to it if you can.

Portsmouth Mayor Making May 15th

May 15, 2012

Today saw the investiture of the new Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, with his wife, Patricia, as Lady Mayoress.

Elaine & I were among about 800 people in the Guildhall to see the very grand ceremony. After the ceremony we were able to meet up with other local Mayors, and with many friends who we had not seen for several years.

Portsmouth Legal Service May 14th

May 15, 2012

This morning Elaine and I attended a morning service at the Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

This annual service, which is hosted by the presiding Judges of the Western Circuit, was also attended by The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, the Mayors and Mayoresses of Fareham and Gosport and the High Sheriffs of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Civic Service May 13th

May 13, 2012

Today saw us at the Annual Civic Service which, this year, was held at St. George’s Church in Waterlooville.

A very large congregation was treated to a very good service lead by Father Mike Sheffield, with some lively hymn singing. Mike was unable to resist plugging the Waterlooville Music Festival which takes place from June 9th to 16th.

This was followed by drinks and nibbles in the Church hall and then home to get the grass cut!

Arts Trail & Europe Day May 12th

May 13, 2012

This morning, Elaine and I visited three venues of the Havant, Waterlooville and Leigh Park Arts

Arts Trail at Hart Plain Church

Trail. We first visited Making Space in Leigh Park where we were shown works by Tracey McEachran, Peter Levy and Kate O’Connell before moving on to Havant, where we visited Tom Bennett. Tom produces, amongst other things, the dioramas that can be seen, and played with, at The Spring in East Street, Havant. After this we moved nearer to home, and visited Hart Plain Church to see the works of the late Paddy Smith. Paddy worked in various mediums including paints, chalks, and wood.

Having the afternoon free, we decided to visit marine artist, Samm Mackinnon who showed us some of her paintings of fish and other marine life. We would have liked to go on to other venues, but we had to get home to get ready for the evening.

The evening event was the closing ceremony for Europe Day at Cowplain Community School. After some short speeches we were treated to a range of dance performances which was followed by a very nice buffet and then an extract from the school production of Hairspray.

Europe Day May 11th

May 13, 2012

Cowplain Community School was the venue for today’s launch of Europe Day. This event brought together school children from England, France, Germany and Poland. England was represented by Waterlooville, France by our twin town of Maurepas, Germany by Usedom and our other twin town of Henstedt-Ulzburg and Poland by Wierzchowo.

Starting the Fun Run

Starting the Fun Run

Having officially welcomed our European visitors, I was then invited to fire the starting gun for the beginning of a mass run around a course laid out in the school grounds.

After this I had the evening off to go to an Old Secundrians school reunion.

Fareham Mayor Making May 10th

May 13, 2012

Today Elaine and I went to Fareham for their Annual Mayor Making ceremony. This was our first official engagement as Mayor and Mayoress and it took place in Ferneham Hall. The new Mayor, Councillor Dennis Steadman, took over from Councillor Trevor Cartwright who has enjoyed a very successful year. We wish Dennis, and his wife Carole, every success for the year ahead.

Mayor Making May 9th

May 9, 2012

Well, the big day is here at last. After serving as Deputy Mayor for a year, with my wife, Elaine, as Deputy Mayoress, we finally took over from Ken and Hazel today. This year’s ceremony was held in the newly refurbished Council Chamber at the Plaza, and was attended by almost 200 guests.

During a break in the proceedings, while I changed into the Mayor’s robe, there was entertainment in the way of songs given by the choir from Hart Plain Junior School. Judging from the applause, it was extremely well received.

Hart Plain Junior School

This year it was decided to have four Mayor’s Cadets instead of  the usual three. The Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force are represented by Oliver Cox, Harry Woodman, Scott Cahill and Danielle Vinter. They were all given their certificates and Mayor’s Cadet badges.

Mayor’s Cadets

This year I have decided that my charities will be, firstly, the local branch of the Samaritans, FLASH, a local Autism support group, CancerWise, who offer support to cancer sufferers and their families and Smile Support & Care, who are building a respite centre alongside Rachel Maddocks special needs school.

I also announced that this year’s Chaplain will be Father Mike Sheffield, from St. George’s Church in Waterlooville.

In the evening there was a banquet at the Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth attended by more than 80 people who enjoyed a very pleasant evening.


09 May My final Blog

May 9, 2012

My official term as Mayor of Havant concluded today so this is my final blog.

My wife Hazel and I have attended hundreds of engagements, Civic occasions and charity fundraising events during the past year and have met very many people from all walks of life.

The entire experience has created magical memories to enrich and endure our lives.

It has been an honour, privilege and pleasure to serve as the Mayor of Havant 2011-2012 and I shall treasure the experience forever.

As your outgoing Mayor, I now wish you a fond farewell and thank you for your support during the past year; I am continuing in my role as an active HBC Councillor representing Bedhampton ward.

I wish you all the best for the future !

08 May Havant & Waterlooville Child Contact Centres AGM

May 8, 2012

This evening Hazel and I were invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Havant & Waterlooville Child Contact Centres, held at the United Reformed Church in Havant.

As you may already be aware, these two centres are run by committed, caring and impartial volunteers who provide a safe and friendly facility for children from broken families to meet and spend time with their absent parent.

Whenever circumstances permit, it is recognised by professionals to be beneficial for children to have regular contact with their non-resident parent, to ease some of their worries and anxieties, to assist their adjustment to their new lifestyle.

These two Child Contact Centres within Havant borough provide a neutral, relaxed, safe and comfortable venue where local children can meet up with the parent they no longer live with.

After the formalities of the AGM were completed this evening, we enjoyed chatting with the audience members while drinking tea/coffee – thank you for your hospitality and your diligence offered to our local children/families.

For more information about the Child Contact Centres, please don’t hesitate to contact Maggie Short either by tel 023 9225 3335 or email