Archive for July, 2012

Breakfast July 28th

July 28, 2012

This morning at 8 o’clock we were at Riders Infant School in Leigh Park to join the 3rd Leigh Park Riders Beaver and Cub Scouts for their Summer Camp breakfast.

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

The Beaver Scouts were staying for 1 night, while the Cub Scouts, being older, were staying for 2 nights.

When we arrived we found that there were about 18 boys and girls, together with helpers, getting cleared up from their first night’s sleepover, while waiting for some of the adult helpers to prepare breakfast.

Also there for the breakfast were three of the local police beat officers. They had a  great time playing football with some of the youngsters, and generally getting to talk to them during the meal.

With the Birthday Boy!

With the Birthday Boy!

One of the Beaver Scouts was celebrating his eighth birthday and, unbeknown to him, was going to be moving up to the Cub Scouts and staying for an extra night when he only expected to stay for the first night.

After we left the Cub Scouts were going to Fort Nelson, while the Beaver Scouts were being collected by their parents at about 11.30.

Orchard Close July 27th

July 27, 2012
The house

The house

This afternoon we went to the respite home at Orchard Close, on Hayling Island, for their annual Garden Party. We were met by Christianne Strubbe, the Principal Landscape Architect from Hampshire County Council and Helen Bradshaw, who has been the Manager since April of this year.

The event had been scheduled for mid-June, but had been postponed owing to the very bad weather that we had at that time.

Today was a very warm day, although earlier rain had freshened the greenery in the garden.

The wild garden & orchard

The wild garden & orchard

Orchard Close provides short term stays for adults with learning disabilities which gives respite to their family and carers.

The special sensory garden, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, offers residents and staff a chance to interact with nature.  It has an orchard to encourage wildlife, a water feature, a summerhouse, a lawn for activities such as football and a barbeque area.  Everything is linked together by easily accessible paths.  Everyone can enjoy some part of the garden, including the seating that provides a peaceful place to relax.

The house is built in the Arts & Crafts style, and became a respite home about 30 years ago.

New Forest Show July 25th

July 25, 2012

On this really hot and sunny day we were invited by Dame Mary Fagan, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, to attend the New Forest Show, and to have lunch in the company of about 150 people, and in the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip.

We met other Mayors and Chairmen at the New Park Manor Hotel, and then walked through the very busy Show to the Restaurant marquee.

Her Majesty the Queen

Her Majesty the Queen

The Queen arrived from the Isle of Wight by helicopter for what was her third appointment of the day.

Before she arrived, music was played by a string trio and, during lunch, background music was played on a harp.

Queen Elizabeth looked around the showground after lunch, before leaving for yet another engagement, this time in London.

999 Day July 22nd

July 22, 2012

The Hayling Island 999 Day, which was postponed from the end of April due to the bad weather, took place today in glorious sunshine.

New York Police Car & Driver

New York Police Car & Driver

Organised by Special Constable Stuart Bland, and ably supported by his colleagues, the show featured stands from many different emergency organisations. These included the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Coastguard, Fire Service, RNLI and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Also there was a display of Police cars, both British and American, from different eras. Dogs were featured by a Police dog handler and by the Lowlands Search Dogs Southern which is a voluntary search dog group who are available to the emergency services. Trained and accredited to National Standards; Dog , handler and support, search for people who may be missing or injured in urban or rural areas. The team work closely with Hampshire Search and Rescue.

Olympic Torch Bearer

Olympic Torch Bearer

Hayling Island Community Responders were also there, as was a Police fingerprint unit.

We were also able to meet a Red Cross volunteer who had been chosen to carry the Olympic torch. He had brought it with him, so we were able to see it at very close quarters.

FEVA July 21st

July 21, 2012

This evening Elaine & I were the guests of the Hayling Island Sailing Club at the inauguration of the 2012 RS FEVA World Championships.

Flags of 14 Countries

Flags of 14 Countries

The FEVA dinghy was designed in 2002, and has been raced by young sailors ever since. This is the fifth World Championships to have been held, and is the first in the UK.

There are 179 boats here for this weeks events, and there is representation from 14 countries, many from Europe, including Estonia, Holland, Malta, Norway and Sweden, but some from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Lots of people and boats

Lots of people and boats

About 50% of the boats are from the UK, and most of the two-man (or girl) teams are between 12 and 16 years old. There will be 18 races over 6 days, each lasting between ½ and ¾ of an hour.Each team will have about 4-5 hours afloat each day.

This type of event will encourage friendship and enjoyment, and tonight we saw youngsters of different nationalities getting together and singing accompanied by an English lad playing guitar.

 

 

 

Family Fun Day July 21st

July 21, 2012

Today we went to the Family Fun Day at Havant Park.

This free fun day was organised by the Family Church, a church organisation that was founded in 1997.

Legacy Dance Troop

Legacy Dance Troop

PanJazz International

PanJazz International

There were many free things to do, including Bouncy Castles for the young children and an inflatable assault course for the slightly older and more adventurous ones. There were also other things to entertain, such as face painting, coconut shies, name the Teddy, and a penalty shoot-out. There were also some small animals, such as Guinea Pigs and a member of the Chinchilla family called a  Degu.

Entertainment in the way of Street Dance was performed by the Legacy Dance Troop, while PanJazz International were there from Portchester with their steel drums.

With some of the organisers

With some of the organisers

New Forest Civic Day July 20th

July 20, 2012

Today we were invited, along with other Mayors and Chairmen from both Hampshire and East Dorset, to the Civic Day, hosted by the Chairman of the new Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Alexis McEvoy.

One of the J Class yachts

One of the J Class yachts

We met for coffee at the very impressive Calshot Activity Centre, where we were fortunate enough to be able to see three of the J Class yachts as they made their way into the Solent.

From there we went by coach to visit 17 Port & Maritime Regiment at their base at Marchwood. Whilst there we were given a talk on the various tasks which have to be carried out in different parts of the world, and then given a demonstration of the range of dockside vehicles which they use, plus some of the waterborne equipment.

Naomi

Naomi

After this we went to Exbury gardens for lunch, a ride on the narrow-gauge railway and a tour of a part of the large gardens, with a very interesting narrative by Nicholas de Rothschild, Grandson of the garden’s founder, Lionel de Rothschild.

Warblington School 19.7.2012

July 19, 2012
Design Technology

Design Technology

This evening we went to Warblington School to see their exhibition of GCSE work in Art & Design Technology.

Ceramics

Ceramics

Various examples of different art forms were on show. They included Photography, Ceramics, Textiles and Art.

There was also the opportunity to sample some of the hors d’euvre made by some of the Food Technology students, and profusely illustrated on large display boards around the corridors.

Many other things, such as photographs and artworks were also to be seen in the various rooms.

Shakespeare July 18th

July 19, 2012

It’s raining in Cowplain! Let’s go and see a Shakespeare play in the Portsmouth Dockyard. In the open!! No shelter!!

Victory as backdrop

Victory as backdrop

Portsmouth Dockyard is as dry as a bone! A bit windy, but the show must go on, so our weather worries come to nothing. Well, the play is Much Ado About Nothing after all.

Put on by the Royal Navy Theatre Association, Much Ado has been brought somewhat up-to-date, using Shakespeare’s language, but with the cast dressed as Royal Marines returning from Afghanistan.

Victory as backdrop

Victory as backdrop

This was an evening of enjoyment, with the cast working well together and producing the normal tragicomedy that is the hallmark of this play.

The production is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project, with over 260 companies taking part in different productions across the length and breadth of the UK.

Positive Role Models July 17th

July 17, 2012

This evening we attended the last night of the Positive Role Model initiative, which was held at Waterlooville fire station.

This is what happens!

This is what happens!

Eighteen pupils, mainly 15 years old, took part in a twelve week programme which included both community and awareness activities. They were mentored by representatives of the Police, Fire Service and Havant Borough Council, and a good rapport was formed between them all.

The pupils, from Cowplain, Crookhorn, Havant Academy, Horndean and Purbrook Park Schools took part in such things as litter picking and tidying areas in a cemetery.

The end!

The end!

Many of the young people had not met before the start of the course but, by the end, many friendships were formed which could be long-lasting. All of them were very enthusiastic, and the attendance during the 12 weeks was 100%.

The course has just finished it’s third year and it is intended that it will continue next year, when more students will be able to benefit from the experience.

During the evening there was a bouncy castle, “It’s a Knockout” type wrestling, a barbeque and, of course, a presentation of certificates to all those who took part.

 

Bloomin Lovely July 17th

July 17, 2012

This morning we were in Leigh Park to award prizes and certificates to the three winners of the Bloomin Lovely 2012 garden competition.

The first visit was to Woodcot Crescent, where residents had transformed a tarmaced yard into an area of colour, using almost anything that will hold a plant, regardless of whether it is floral or vegetable.

We then moved on to Wakefords Way. Here one of the residents had created a lovely garden, again with lots of colour and an area of decking.

Finally we went to Soberton Road, where a resident had created a floral border as a memorial to her late mother.

All of the entrants must be warmly congratulated on their efforts, and I expect that they will have even more to show next year.

Many thanks to Portsmouth City Council, and the resident Participation Officer for Leigh Park, Heidi Golder.

The winning border

The winning border

The winning yard

The winning yard

The winning garden

The winning garden

Hampshire County Youth Bands July 15th

July 15, 2012
Part of the Bands

Part of the Bands

This afternoon we were treated to almost three hours of excellent music played by three County Youth Bands plus a percussion ensemble and the Endangered Species Project, this last being a small group of young musicians.

The programme commenced with the Hampshire County Youth Band followed by the County Training Band and the Endangered Species Project. Next came the County Junior Band and the Youth Band again.

The Youth Band started the second half of the programme, followed by the Junior Band.

The Percussion Ensemble which followed was made up of members of all three of the County Bands, with all age groups being represented.

 Xylophone Solo

Xylophone Solo

The County Training Band came next, with an amazing Xylophone solo during W.G. Lemon’s Helter Skelter.

The Youth Band led the way to a presentation of certificates to those members leaving to go on, in most cases, to Music College or University.

Councillor Roy Perry, the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, then gave a short speech of appreciation for all the work that has gone in to making the County Band Service one of the best in the country.

We were then treated to two short pieces and a rousing finale.

The Mikado July 14th

July 15, 2012

Once again we went to the Station Theatre on Hayling Island . This time we saw a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado”, performed by  the Hayling Musical Society.

Having read the report in “The News”, we were a little bit worried that we might not enjoy the evening. However, we had a really great time and thoroughly enjoyed an excellent performance.

There was plenty of excellent singing from all of the lead characters, the chorus and gentlemen were very good, and the costumes and make-up were just about spot-on.

Some of the cast + director

Some of the cast + director

The performance had some highly original and amusing updates, although not so many as to spoil the plot.

The live music was performed by a seven-piece band.

All-in-all, a very pleasant and amusing evening.

Hampshire Water Festival July 14th

July 14, 2012

This morning we went to the appropriately named Hampshire Water Festival!

Look! No Rain!

Look! No Rain!

When we arrived, although it was raining, many stall holders were bravely setting up ready for the hoped for influx of visitors. As the morning progressed, so the weather did brighten up and, when the sun came out, it was very warm.

Advantage was taken of the sunshine for me to cut the ribbon to officially open the Festival, this, however, being the signal for it to start raining again!

Cutting the ribbon

Cutting the ribbon

Even during the rain, children were happily having a go on the roundabout, and there was a lot to see with a wide variety of stalls and also in the large, and hopefully waterproof, marquee.

With a better weather forecast for the Sunday, there will be many Olympic based events and various taster sessions. To find out more, go to http://www.hampshirewaterfestival.co.uk

Echoes Care July 12th

July 12, 2012

This morning we were invited to visit the offices of Echoes Care in Market Parade, Havant.

Echoes Care is a part of the Somerset Care Group and provide domiciliary care throughout the community.

Presenting awards

Presenting awards

We were able to meet several of the carers and office staff before they went out to go and help those people who need their services. I was also able to present awards to two of the carers.

Presenting awards

Presenting awards

The service which they provide helps to enable elderly or infirm members of the community to continue living in their own homes, thus helping to keep down reliance on hospitals and care homes.

Somerset Care became involved in 2004, when they took over what was then Echoes Community Care. They are based in Taunton, and are in their 21st year of operating.