Archive for November, 2012

High School Concert Nov 14th

November 15, 2012

The annual Gala Concert of Portsmouth high School was held at Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

Elaine was unable to accompany me on this occasion, so I was joined by the Deputy Mayoress, Jackie Buckley, at what was an excellent evening’s entertainment.

The Concert began with a Stevie Wonder medley performed by the Symphonic Band, and was followed by a very tuneful rendition of I Can Hear The Bells, from the musical Hairspray, sung by Ellie Jones.

There were also examples of choral singing, a Ukelele group, excellent Flute solos by Isobel Taylor and Alana Grady, and Vivaldi’s Concerto For Two Violoncellos performed by Katie Phillips and the school’s Head Girl, Bethany Garland.

The evening marked the departure of Angela Blackwell, who is leaving the school’s music department after 8 years to take up the post of Director of Music at Exeter’s Maynard School.

HCCS AGM Nov 13th

November 13, 2012

This afternoon saw the last AGM of the Havant Council of Community Service.

Since the 1st of September, HCCS has joined with Community First East Hants to become a much larger organisation that is known as Community First HEH.

After I gave a short welcome to all those present, the main part of the proceedings was initiated by the Chairman of HCCS, Graham Lavender, who went through the previous minutes and then the Chairman’s report and accounts.

The Chairman of the new Community First HEH, Beverley Jones, then gave a talk on the way forward across the large area covered, and the fact that they would now need to tender for various contract such as Meals-on-Wheels, etc.

This was followed by the approval of applications to join the organisation from several community groups, and the formal dissolution of HCCS.

The meeting concluded with an appreciation of the work done by Sue Spencer, the Chief Executive of HCCS, who has retired after 28 years with the organisation.

Havant Remembrance Day Nov 11th

November 11, 2012

Today’s Remembrance Day parade took place in glorious sunshine.

Meeting at the Royal British Legion in Brockhampton Road, I was asked, along with the Legion President, last year’s Mayor, Councillor Ken Smith, to lay a wreath at the HMS Havant memorial.

We then processed, in a parade led by the band of TS Active and comprising members of the armed forces, cadets, Scouts and St. John Ambulance Brigade, to the War Memorial at St.Faith’s Church, where a short service was held before the 2 minutes silence and then the laying of wreaths, all of which took place in front of a very large number of people.

The Wreaths

The Wreaths

A small part of the crowd

A small part of the crowd

The service then continued inside the packed Church where I followed Lt Cann from 47 Regiment, RA, and gave the 2nd Reading.

Reverend Cannon Peter Jones then gave a very moving Sermon, made all the more so by the recent death of  Royal Marine Corporal David O’Connor.

Following the service the parade reformed before, together with Rear Admiral David Bawtree, CB DL, I was given the honour of taking the salute at the march-past.

We were then invited back to the Royal British Legion Headquarters for a beautifully prepared buffet.

HISC Nov 10th

November 11, 2012
With Team GB members and HISC officers

With Team GB members and HISC officers

Elaine & I were invited to represent the Borough when the Hayling Island Sailing Club held a Gala Dinner in order to celebrate the successes of the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic sailing team.

With Helena Lucas

With Helena Lucas

The teams won 1 Gold medal and 4 Silver medals at the Games, and we were fortunate to have the Gold medal winner, Paralympian Helena Lucas, at our table.

In all 9 members of the two teams were able to attend the dinner, together with Stephen Park, OBE, the Olympic sailing team manager.

Towards the end of the evening, Stephen gave a very interesting illustrated talk, which he punctuated by asking various members of the teams to come up and speak of their experiences. The talk finished with a short video of some of the events.

Activity Cruise Nov 10th

November 10, 2012
With the organiser

With the organiser

This morning I went to ASDA at Bedhampton to cut the ribbon for the start of the Charity Activity Cruise which was organised by Chris Barnley of Hashiriya Shows for cars that have been modified in some way or other.

Cutting the ribbon

Cutting the ribbon

The Cruise has been arranged to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity. Among the tasks to be completed are collecting information from landmarks in Portsmouth, a Boot Camp at Mayfield School, First Aid at the Mountbatten Centre and War Games at Bowlplex in Bedhampton.

The event was started from one of the car parks at ASDA and, when I left at 12.15, more cars were expected to arrive shortly.

Havant Camera Club Nov 9th

November 9, 2012
A few of the photographs

A few of the photographs

This evening Elaine & I had the pleasure of opening Havant Camera Club’s 42nd National Open Exhibition.

Held for the third time at Havant’s Meridian Shopping Centre, the competition had over 2,000 entries from all parts of the UK, including the Channel Islands.

A few of the photographs

A few of the photographs

After we had been shown around the exhibition, and having said a few words to those attending, I was asked to present the trophies and certificates. Unfortunately, being a National competition, several of the prize winners were not there. However, quite a number were there, especially those from the Havant club.

The exhibition carries on until Sunday, November 18th, and is well worth a visit.

Hayling College Awards Nov 8th

November 9, 2012

This event saw the awarding of certificates and prizes to those pupils of Hayling College who finished their secondary schooling at the end of the last Summer term, and began with a welcome by the Head Girl, Mhairi Allison.

There were some excellent exam results from this group of students, with many gaining more than 10 GCSEs.

The Certificates were presented by Laura Duncan, a past pupil of the College who left in 2004 and, after some time in further education, is now teaching at a local pre-school. She also jointly runs the youth group of the Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society.

The formal part of the evening was brought to a close with a vote of thanks given by the Head Boy Connor Benham.

This was followed by the cutting of of a celebratory cake, and an excellent buffet which was prepared by the college catering staff.

Autistic Society Nov 6th

November 6, 2012

This morning we were at the Havant Leisure Centre for a joint presentation by Horizon Leisure and the Hampshire Autistic Society at the launch of Fully Inclusive Activities.

With Horizon and Autistic Society members

With Horizon and Autistic Society members

Several stalls were set out to show what the Society and Horizon Leisure can offer to those with special needs. There is a range of activities which are available during the day and, on a Monday evening, the Playzone is available for those young children who need special attention.

The Hampshire Autistic Society is able to offer an outreach service and their website can be found at http://www.has.org.uk

One of the stalls

One of the stalls

Horizon Leisure is looking to expand the activities which they offer to those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Their website is http://www.horizonlc.com

Of special interest to those with Autistic children is a special relaxed performance of Jack and the Beenstalk at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This will take place on Tuesday, January 15th at 1.30. Details of this can be obtained by phoning 023 8071 1811.

Bonfire Night Nov 5th

November 5, 2012
All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

Tonight we went to Stockheath Common in Leigh Park for the annual firework display. The weather was cold but dry, although the rain over the last few weeks meant that the ground was very muddy and wet.

Despite this there were a great number of, mainly, local people there to enjoy the spectacle.

Part of the display

Part of the display

A large funfair was there, courtesy of Trickett’s Funfairs, and all of the rides and sideshows were very busy throughout the evening.

At 7.30 I pressed the button to light the bonfire and then, at 7.45, the fireworks began. The excellent display lasted for about 20 minutes and the night was filled with Oohs! and Aahs! as everyone, young and not-so-young enjoyed the fireworks.