Archive for April 16th, 2013

Samaritans AGM April 16th

April 16, 2013

Directly after the conclusion of the Civic Day Elaine and I went to St. Joseph’s Church Hall in West Street, Havant, for this years AGM of the Portsmouth & South East Hants branch of the Samaritans.

We arrived slightly late, but were in time to hear most of the normal AGM business, and to then listen to the guest speaker, Kathy Baker, who gave an interesting talk on working in partnership with other agencies.

This AGM also saw the departure from his post as chairman of Chris T, who has been very much in evidence in supporting several of my Charity events over the last year, as the Samaritans are one of my chosen Charities.

Civic Day April 16th

April 16, 2013

Today I held my Civic Day. The Mayors and Chairmen from across Hampshire were invited to come to Havant and visit some of the support companies in the local area. Also joining us for the afternoon and evening was a representative from the Chamber of Commerce.

The afternoon began with a visit to the PETA training base in New Lane, where we saw the facilities for apprentice training in engineering and electrics.

We next visited the Basepoint centre in Hart’s Farm Way and called in at some of the resident companies who are based there.

The final visit, to Langstone Technology Park, had, unfortunately, to be somewhat curtailed as by this time we were rather behind schedule, due to having to be back at the Public Service Plaza for 6 o’clock where certificates were to be presented to so me of the companies who were awarded Start-up grants by Havant Borough Council.

After an introductory speech, I handed over to Councillor Yvonne Weeks after which there were a number of short presentations before the certificates were presented.

Gala Night April 15th

April 16, 2013

The King’s Theatre in Southsea was the venue for the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’s Gala Charity Night Concert.

Compered by BBC’s Alex Forsyth and Pompey’s Tony Male, this was an evening of song, dance, magic and female impersonation.

The singing was provided by the excellent Three Belles, a harmony group in the style of the Andrews Sisters, and also by members of Portsmouth Players, while the magic came from the very clever Roy Charles.

Two groups of youngsters performed some very well choreographed dance numbers. First came the Funky Feet troupe and later it was the turn of the Giselle Academy.

There were also two female impersonators, Ceri Dupree, who opened the show, gave impressions of several well known stars, including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Shirley Bassey and Marlene Dietrich, and Wez Sebastian gave his impression of Liza Minelli.

All-in-all a very entertaining evening which raised funds forĀ  the Portsmouth Alzheimer’s Society and the Whitburn Trust which supports the Oncology Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital.