Archive for June 29th, 2012

Schools Games Finale June 29th

June 29, 2012

This afternoon saw the finale of the Rotary Havant Schools Games at the Havant Leisure Centre.

This took the form of a concert followed by a presentation to the schools which gained the most points over the week since last Sunday.

Havant Rotary president, Shirley Varnish welcomed everyone to the event and then the concert started with a performance on Samba drums, followed by dancing from children from Warren Park School. There was more dancing from Barncroft Juniors, Front Lawn Juniors and Cowplain Community School, while Riders Juniors entertained with a song-and-dance routine. Park Community School performed an extract from Hairspray, and there were solo performances from Jay Jupe, Shannon Turner and Chelsea Lane.

With Shirley Varnish and the 3 Olympic Torch Bearers

With Shirley Varnish and the 3 Olympic Torch Bearers

 

In the audience were three people who will be bearers of the Olympic Torch when it comes to the area, although they will have to travel outside of the Borough as the torch will not be coming to Havant.

The afternoon finished with a couple of speeches and the presentation of the awards.

Rotary Schools Games June 29th

June 29, 2012

This morning we went to Waterlooville Leisure Centre to watch some of the swimming gala which was taking place as part of the Havant Rotary Schools Games.

As we arrived, some of the junior school pupils were leaving, having already completed their part of the days events.

With some of the swimmers

With some of the swimmers

We were met by Howard Broad and Peter Crane, the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Leisure trust. After a brief talk we went poolside to watch some of the secondary age children competing in various events. We were able to talk to some of the swimmers, some of whom are swimming for the county.

All of those who took part did it for the fun of it, and they weren’t worried whether they came first or last, just taking part was the important thing for them.

After watching for a while, we were given a tour of the facilities on offer at the leisure centre, including the gym and the new, privately run, physiotherapy and sports injury area.

Pirates of Penzance June 28th

June 29, 2012

After a short break at home it was off to the theatre.

We went to The Spring in East Street to see a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” given by the Havant Light Opera company.

With the cast

With the cast

This was a very enjoyable evening, with the large cast of principals and chorus filling the stage at times. Paul Jerome made a good Major-General, while the Pirate King, Mike Powell, and his Lieutenant, Paul Baugh, also played their parts well. Of the ladies, Polly Honeychurch was a very good Pirate Maid, while the singing of Jane Marett, as Mabel, was excellent, with the other daughters also singing very well.

This was well worth seeing, and we are looking forward to their next show, an “Edwardian Christmas Party”, at the end of November.