Archive for February, 2013

Bananas and Chocolate Feb 26th.

February 26, 2013

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight, which started yesterday, Elaine & I were at the Public Service Plaza at 8.30 this morning to greet staff and offer a free Fairtrade banana, kindly donated by Fyffes, and some Fairtrade chocolate.

Ably assisted by pupils from St. Thomas More’s Primary School, who were giving out stickers, we were able to ensure that many members of staff and public alike were able to start the day with a healthy snack.

The Display.

The Display.

Pupils from St Thomas More Primary School have als designed some artwork based on Fairtrade which will displayed in the Atrium at the Plaza during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Members of the Havant Fairtrade group were also there to help and they believe that products with the Fairtrade Mark make a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. There are now around 4,500 products now with the Mark which guarantees that farmers have been paid a fair and stable price and given extra money towards their chosen community projects.

Emsworth Concert Band Feb 24th.

February 24, 2013

If you weren’t there, you missed a treat!

Welcome to the afternoon's entertainment.

Welcome to the afternoon’s entertainment.

The Emsworth Concert Band, under the baton of Royal Marine Bandmaster, Dean Waller, performed a brilliant concert in front of more than 100 people in the Hurstwood Room at the Public Service Plaza in Havant. In the audience were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth, the Mayor and Mayoress of both Basingstoke and Winchester, the Mayor and Consort from Test Valley, and the deputies from Hart.

Part of the audience.

Part of the audience.

In a room with excellent acoustics, the band played a wide variety of tunes. Starting with Barcelona ’92, the first half also featured an overture, selections from musicals and films, Misty, with a trombone solo, and ballet music from The Red Poppy.

The second half comprised a couple of marches, more selections from musicals, music from Eastern Europe, a brilliant Xylophone solo called The Joyful Skeleton, McAnespie’s Century of progress, and the very lively finale, Sunshine Samba.

High School Musicl Feb 22nd.

February 23, 2013

Hayling YoungStars production of Disney’s High School Musical is being performed at the Hayling Community Centre this week.

With a large cast of talented young performers this is a slick and well directed, by Zoe Fisher, show with plenty of singing and a great deal of nicely choreographed movement.

The lead roles are very well played, while the ensemble players put a great deal of energy into their performances.

The small orchestra is well led by their musical director, Jessica Brake.

This is quite an ambitious show to put on, and to rehearse, and the Hayling Musical Society should be congratulated on it.

Youngstars Panto Feb 21st.

February 22, 2013

This year’s Youngstars Pantomime, Thoroughly Modern Willy, is being performed at the Cowplain Social Club until Saturday.

With a large cast of, mainly young, performers this was an evening of fun, with nobody minding the occasional slip, in fact it added to the audience’s enjoyment.

With the cast.

With the cast.

The show was written, produced and directed by Sue Stokes, and all of the proceeds will be going to Hannah’s Holiday Homes. As of last night, enough money had been raised to send two families for a free respite break.

Many of the performers had been at the Squirrels Day Care Centre and both Sue Stokes and Pam Marshall of Hannah’s Holiday Homes, work there. The dancers are from the Classique School of Dance in Waterlooville, and many family members had been enticed to help in one way or another.

Tiles at The Spring Feb 21st.

February 21, 2013
Little Jack Horner.

Little Jack Horner.

Little Boy Blue.

Little Boy Blue.

This afternoon saw the unveiling of the first two Nursery Rhyme tile mosaics at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant.

These are the first of ten sets of tiles which were removed when the Havant War Memorial Hospital closed in September 2011.

The ten sets of tiles, with 24 individual tiles in each set, were designed by William Rowe of Royal Doulton and were installed above the ten cots in the new children’s ward in 1936.

The tiles were saved after a lot of pressure from local people, and were then restored with financial help from the Hampshire Museum Service and the NHS.

Although the two sets of tiles will only be on show for a short time, the full set of ten will be at The Spring during September and October.

Help in Bereavement Feb 19th.

February 20, 2013

The Help in Bereavement AGM was held in the hall of the Baptist Church in Cosham in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Mayors and Mayoresses of both Havant and Gosport and one of the founders of the charity, Dr. Isabel Pine.

Some of the attendees

Some of the attendees.

The attendees were welcomed by the President, Mrs. Joan Eddings, before the main business of the evening commenced. Both the Chairman’s report and that of the treasurer were quite upbeat and these were followed by the co-ordinator’s reports and the election of officers.

Mrs. Rosemary Nott then gave an interesting talk on her month working in an orphanage in Nepal last year..

Havant Councillor Cyril Hilton then presented a cheque for £620 on behalf of Waterlooville Bowls Club.

After several other presentations, it was announced that the President was stepping down, and that her replacement would be Mrs. Gina Thorburn who was stepping down as children’s co-ordinator.

Help in Bereavement gives help and advice to both adults and children and has recently started a social club which is held at St. George’s Church Hall in Waterlooville on the second Monday of the month at 10am.

St. George’s Church Feb 17th.

February 17, 2013

This morning saw us at the official re-opening of the recently refurbished St. George’s Church Hall.

Originally built as the Sunday School Church Hall, and with the foundation stone being laid by Mrs. W. Hulbert in July 1913, the hall was opened in November 1913.

Cutting the ribbon.

Cutting the ribbon.

The hall was used as the Church during 1969 and the early part of 1970 while St. George’s Church was being rebuilt into its present form.

The last remodelling of the hall took place during 1987, and further work will shortly take place to bring the facilities into the 21st. Century.

A good number of people attended today’s re-opening, with representatives from many of the organisations which make use of the hall during the week, and also from Edwards Funeral Directors, whose predecessors built the hall nearly 100 years ago.

Quiz Night Feb 15th.

February 16, 2013

The Council Chamber at the Public Service Plaza was, once again, the setting for a very successful Quiz Night, this time with a St. Valentine’s day theme.

The Quizmaster.

The Quizmaster.

Fourteen teams, mainly with six players, took part in an eight round quiz, with the questions being set by Councillor Ray Bolton.

Meeting the teams.

Meeting the teams.

Half way through the evening, a very nicely prepared Ploughman’s Supper was served. Well fed, the teams then prepared themselves for the final four rounds of the quiz.

The eventual winners, on a tie-break question, were the team from the Havant Talking Newspaper.

After the presentation of prizes to bothe the winners and losers, the evening concluded with the usual raffle.

High School Birthday Feb 15th

February 15, 2013

In the presence of, amongst others, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Mayors and Mayoresses of Fareham, Gosport and Havant, Portsmouth High School today held a celebratory service at the Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth to mark the 131st Anniversary of the school’s founding in 1882.

The congregation was welcomed by the Very Reverend David Brindly, the Dean of Portsmoth, before a short speech from the Head of School, Mrs Jane Prescott.

There were readings from both the Old and New Testaments, and the Address was given by the Reverend Janice O’Shaughnessy, the Priest in Charge of Arreton, Gatcombe and Newchurch on the Isle of Wight.

Singing came from the various choirs across the whole range of ages of the pupils and there were Reflections on Wisdom by pupils from Year 13 and Year 2.

3 Year 10 pupils, then interviewed, three wise women, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Fry and Marie curie, played by three Year 6 pupils.

The Service concluded with a blessing from the Dean.

Havant Academy Feb 14th.

February 15, 2013

Having been awarded funding from the Building Schools for the Future programme, St. Valentines Day was the date selected for the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Havant Academy.

Around a hundred guests, teachers and students sat down to an excellent three couse meal prepared in the school’s own kitchens, and served by volunteers from amongst the students.

The evening began  with a soft-drink reception and the chance to mingle and meet some of the staff and students.

Before the meal, and between courses, we were treated to some fine singing, accompanied on the guitar and piano, by three of the students, Olivia, Emily and Kiara.

At the end of the evening the head, Mrs Julia Taylor, thanked all those who had worked so hard to enable the school to be so well improved.

Youth Options Feb 13th.

February 14, 2013

The Annual Celebration evening for Youth Options was held at Winchester’s Discovery Centre in the presence of their President, Dame Mary Fagan, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.

All of the introductions were given by young members of the Youth Options organisation, many of whom had not spoken in front of so many people before.

The winner and runner-up of Youth Options Got Talent gave performances, Maddie Cooper singing and playing guitar, and Ollie Whistance giving a street-dance performance.

During the evening several awards were made, by both Dame Mary and the Youth Options Chief Executive, Mark Dixon.

After Dame Mary’s closing address there was a buffet and the chance to speak to many of the participants.

Shrove Tuesday Feb 12th.

February 12, 2013

Today saw the 2013 Waterlooville Pancake Race take place in the Precinct, alongside the Bandstand.

They're Off!

They’re Off!

Several teams of 4 people, including Barclays Bank, Poundland, the Co-op, Havant Borough Council and Waterlooville Police, were there to race for the prize of a £200 cheque, made out to a charity of their choice. This was kindly donated by Bray’s Associates, who run the Friday market in Waterlooville.

The Winning Team

The Winning Team

Each team member had to run an out-and-back course, with the ‘pancake’ being tossed twice each way, before passing the frying pan to the next  runner.

The race was eventually won by the team from Waterlooville Police, who donated their cheque to the Rowan’s Hospice.

The winners were then given the annual shield donated by the Waterlooville Business Association, and presented by Rosemary Wilson.

Year of the Snake 10th Feb.

February 10, 2013

Chinese New Year was marked in style today at Portsmouth’s Guildhall with 5 hours of stalls and entertainment.

In company with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and the Mayors and Mayoresses from Fareham and Gosport, but unfortunately without Elaine who was unwell, I was there as the guest of the Chairman of the Portsmouth Chinese Association, Mr. Albert Choi.

Some of the dancers

Some of the dancers

For the first hour or so we were able to look around the various stalls that had been set up on the first floor of the Guildhall, amongst them being painting, caligraphy, paper cutting and palm reading, before watching Chinese Fire Crackers being set off outside in the rain!

The Lion Dance

The Lion Dance

This was followed by some light refreshments, and then almost three hours of entertainment ranging from dancing and singing to piano and violin solos, with Martial Arts demonstrations for good measure.

The grand finale was the traditional, and extremely colourful. Lion Dance.

Romsey Feb 8th.

February 8, 2013

This afternoon we attended the Afternoon Tea event organised by the Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Dorothy Baverstock.

Several other Civic heads were there, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, the Mayor & Mayoress of Gosport and others.

During the afternoon we were given a tour of the Town Council offices by the Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper.

Some very impressive scrolls, photographs and Honours boards adorned many of the walls and the stairs, with the Council Chamber currently undergoing refurbishment before even more boards and pictures are re-hung.

A very pleasant afternoon in good company, raising money for the Test Valley Mayor’s charities.

Southampton Civic Service Feb 6th.

February 7, 2013

Southampton’s Annual Civic Service, held at St. Mary’s Church near the City centre, was also the occasion for the granting of the Freedom of the City of Southampton to the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.

Dame Mary and her husband with the Mayor of Southampton and the Mace Bearers.

Dame Mary and her husband with the Mayor of Southampton and the Mace Bearers.

We gathered in the Hub at the City College, before processing to the church, preceded by the Mace Bearers.

The service was conducted by Reverend Dr. Julian Davies, the Rector of Southampton, and Reverend Celia Parkes, the assistant priest. Also participating were the Port Chaplain, Reverend Andrew Huckett and the Bishop of Southampton, the Right Reverend Dr. Jonathon Frost.

Processing from St. Mary's.

Processing from St. Mary’s.

Choral music was supplied by two choirs, St. Mary’s Singers and the Central Hall Community Choir.

During the service Dame Mary was presented with her scroll of office, and at the conclusion we processed back to the Hub for light refreshments, supplied by the catering and hospitality students.