Archive for August 7th, 2014

Portsmouth Sheltered Housing Garden Competition Prizegiving at St Clare’s Court, Warren Park – Wednesday 6th August

August 7, 2014

St Clares Court Garden

What a lovely afternoon. I gave certificates to the winners in all the classes and went out and viewed the very special winning garden at St Clare’s Court. This is a very tranquil and beautiful garden created by one man who is a resident at St Clare’s. All the residents are very proud of this garden and use it a lot for social activities. Going round this garden I could imagine many hours of enjoyment out there. In fact the residents hold parties barbecues etc, out there and my guest of the day and I were invited back to share one with them!

After viewing the gardens I went and chatted to all the residents present and an afternoon tea.

Reception in the Great Hall, Winchester to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the First World War

August 7, 2014

Winchester Reception

This evening the First World War was brought into the Great Hall at Winchester. A group singing songs from the First World War and drama depicting scenes of people leaving to go to war were acted transporting us back in time. There were also artefacts from the First World War on show.

Unveiling of a Memorial to ‘The Pompey Pals’ – Monday 4th August

August 7, 2014

At noon on the 4th August, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, unveiled a memorial to ‘The Pompey Pals’ outside the grounds of Portsmouth Football Club at Fratton Park. ‘The Pompey Pals’ was a nickname given to the lads of the Hampshire Regiment. At last all the people from Portsmouth who died as servicemen in the First and Second World War are now recorded.

Civic Vigil at St Faith’s Church, Havant – Sunday 3rd August 2014

August 7, 2014

The vigil started with a brief history of how/why the war started by Dr Michael Laird a former lecturer in international history at the University of Portsmouth. After which, a hundred candles were lit by those of us taking part in the service. Civic Leaders and Clergy delivered many appropriate readings. After each reading, two candles were extinguished by the readers until eventually the whole church was plunged into darkness. As part of the service a reading was given by the Chairman of Havant Royal British Legion, who read an extract from a poem by the late Havant veteran Edward Till.

As a symbol of hope, after a minutes silence, one new candle was ignited before we departed.

Service of Remembrance at St Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth

August 7, 2014

To mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War a solemn Service of Remembrance was held at St Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Members of the City Council were joined by Mayors from across the County to take part in this service of Remembrance. At the end of the service poppy seeds were scattered by the Lord Mayor in the garden, under a tree at the Cathedral.

Opening of the Memorial Garden to the Hampshire Regiment at Serles House – Friday 1st August

August 7, 2014

Winchester Memorial 1

A very moving and poignant occasion. It is a tragic sight to see row upon row of tiny wooden crosses each with a poppy pinned to it placed into the ground by the cadets. One for each of the 10,250 plus soldiers from the Hampshire Regiment who died both during the First and Second World Wars. The occasion was attended by many dignitaries from the services and the County.

Winchester Memorial 2

Havant Youth Sail Training Scheme Prize Draw – Saturday 26th July

August 7, 2014

I had the honour of drawing the winning tickets for the Havant Youth Sail Training Scheme Prize Draw. Unfortunately because of it being holiday time, there were no children present. However the draw had to take place on that day because the date was printed on the tickets.

It was a beautiful sunny day and it was a pleasure to meet up again with organisers of the Training Scheme who are striving hard to raise money for new boats.

Visit by Chernobyl Children – Friday 25th July

August 7, 2014

On the 25th July, I hosted a visit by 14 children from Chernobyl (ages ranging from 9 – 12) together with some hosts. As part of their visit, Tom McInally, the Mayor’s Attendant on duty showed them the Regalia and explained the history involved with the robes and the Mace (with the help of a translator). The children then tucked into squash and cakes/biscuits.

It is quite amazing that just a 28 day break away from their home environment before they reach puberty, can make a phenomenal difference to their expected lifespan. This is quite an eye opener for all of us!

Reception in Honour of Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP – 24 July 2014

August 7, 2014

I was pleased, along with the Leader to host a Reception in honour of Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire at the Public Service Plaza on the 24 July.

The reception was in honour of her forthcoming retirement after 20 years as the Lord Lieutenant. Guests at the reception included representatives from various organisations and charities that Dame Mary has had an influence on in the Borough of Havant, including Off the Record, Angel Radio, The Rowans Hospice, The Bereavement Counselling Charity, Emsworth ‘Absence’ Memorial and St James’ Church among others.

It was a very enjoyable event with Dame Mary chatting and reminiscing with many ‘friends’.