Archive for July 11th, 2012

Warblington School July 11th

July 11, 2012

This afternoon we were invited to the Year 8 Certificate presentations at Warblington School.

We were introduced to the Headteacher, Julia Vincent, who has been at the school since January, and to Ian Crabtree, one of the school Governors.

We sat on the stage in front of a packed hall, with almost 150 students and many parents and other family members, looking on. It was nice to see so many parents there giving encouragement to their children, although others were unable to be there due to other commitments.

Citations were read out by the Director of Learning & Progress for Year 8, Wendy Morgan, and I then had the privilege of handing out the certificates to all of the pupils.

The afternoon was finished off with a welcome cup of coffee.

Lunch Club July 11th

July 11, 2012

This morning Elaine & I went to the Lunch Club at Emsworth which is run by the Havant Council of Community Service.

This is held at the Emsworth Centre in South Street. This centre is very well attended and has a well equipped kitchen, manned in part by volunteers. Another lunch club is held in Mill Road, Waterlooville.

When we were there about 20 people were enjoying a 2 course meal, at a cost of £3.40. There is another group of people who would normally be there on a Wednesday, but they were having a day out at another venue.

Many friendships have been made, with people coming on a regular basis and enjoying the food and companionship which was so obvious to us.

The Emsworth Centre also supplies a meals-on-wheels service for those people who are unable to come to the lunch clubs for one reason or another.

For information on this, and other HCCS services, check out

MADD at the King’s July 10th

July 11, 2012

A wonderful night of entertainment was presented at the King’s Theatre by MADD (Music, Arts, Dance & Drama).

The theme was Musicals, and several of the Havant Federation schools took part, with each school presenting their own piece of theatre.

The comperes for the evening were Lauren Smith & Elspeth Barron, with the first performance being the Federation Band playing ‘Putting on the Ritz’. This was followed by Warblington School with ‘The Good Old Music Hall Days’, prospect School with a very funny ‘Someone else i’d like to be’, Park Community school with ‘Chicago’ and Oaklands School with ‘Grease’.

After the interval the entertainment continued with the drums of the Sambistas, an extract from Cowplain Community School’s production of ‘Hairspray’ and Purbrook Park School with ‘We Will Rock You’.

The finale was the massed singing from the Federation Singers and the playing of the Federation Band.

All in all this was a great opportunity to watch a lot of local talent.


Community Challenge Presentation July 10th

July 11, 2012

This afternoon we were at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in East Street, Havant, for a presentation given by young people from the Havant Borough Youth Council, in conjunction with

With the young people

With the young people

the Legacy Project.

The Legacy Project encourages young people to work in the community outside of their school curriculum.

A number of the teenagers spoke about their involvement in the project and a short video showed how self-confidence can be improved.

After this I was asked to present certificates to some of those who were there, and the afternoon finished with a buffet.




Harbour Tour July 10th

July 11, 2012

Today was the day when the Langstone Harbour Board carried out their annual tour of the harbour.

We arrived at the Harbour Office in Ferry Road, Hayling at 9.15 where we met up with the rest of the party who were making the trip. Most of them were members of the Harbour Board, although there was also representation from English Heritage.

After a few minutes we boarded the Portsmouth Harbour Waterbus, the Jenny R, which was to be our vessel for the next 2½ hours or so.

Harbour seals

Harbour seals

Amongst many interesting things to be seen were the remains of the section of the wartime Mulberry Harbour, a number of young people in sailing dinghys being towed to one of the mudbanks to be trained, and at least 4 harbour seals. We were also able to see, at close quarters, Nowhereisland which is led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Further information on this project is available at




After the trip we went to Sinah Warren for lunch.