Archive for September 9th, 2014

Presentation of the Flag of Gibraltar to Havant Borough Council – 9th September

September 9, 2014

Gibraltar Flag

This morning I was presented with the Flag of Gibraltar by a local resident Mr Rodney Pereira on behalf of Mr Albert Poggio OBE, Director of Gibraltar House and United Kingdom representative who gave this to the Borough as a gift.

This will held here in perpetuity and flown tomorrow from the flagpole outside the Public Service Plaza, on 10th September – Gibraltar Day.

Gibraltar Flag 2

Opening of The Jade Garden at Queen’s Parade, Waterlooville – 7th September

September 9, 2014

Jade Garden 3

Today I was invited to open a new Chinese restaurant at Queens Parade.

I was able to take part in the bringing to life of a new Chinese Lion. The Chinese community chose to do this at the opening of the new Jade Garden Restaurant.

The old Lion wad dying and to bring a new Lion into being there is the ritual of ‘enlivening the new lion’.

I was greatly honoured to have the privilege of painting the eyes on the new blue Lion which is the action that brings the Lion to life. This is quite a considerable ritual and is accompanied by fire crackers, the decorating of the Lion with bay leaves, the arrangement of fruit as a good luck symbol and many other intricacies.

The arrangement of fruit and lettuce leaves says ‘Good Luck’ in Chinese characters.

After the ritual we were treated to sumptuous Chinese cuisine and can thoroughly recommend The Jade Garden.

Grateful thanks to Mr Albert Choi, his family, the owners and the staff of the Jade Garden.

Jade Garden 2

Billy’s Lake Open Day – 6th September

September 9, 2014

What an oasis of calm and beauty on the fringes of Wecock Farm! Local people organised through the Acorn Centre to take charge of this beautiful piece of land and water . They have cleaned it up and made it a lovely spot to fish and generally enjoy the countryside. Youngsters are being taught how to fish and care for their catch after it has been caught, returning it to the water. The youngsters from about the age of 9 upwards are enthusiastic about keeping this area clean and well cared for after they have made such an effort to get it to this stage.

I was leant a young man Ashley, who looked after me and guided me through the area staying with me and lending an arm to help me round. Thank you very much Ashley without you it would have been much more difficult and less enjoyable.

Ann Waters, her husband and John Welford are amongst the adults driving the project and I congratulate them on their achievements both with the clean up and the teaching/training and the instilling of enthusiasm into the youngsters to create this haven. I strongly recommend that you go and take a look!

Dynamo Youth Theatre – 5th September

September 9, 2014

The leavers of the Dynamo Youth Theatre group put on a production of ‘The Foreigner’ at the Spring in Havant. A very talented group of 18 -19 year olds performed this comedy to great effect. We laughed almost from beginning to end. Each one of the students portrayed their part so well one tends to forget that they are not professional!

I wish them all luck in their future university life or careers and hope that they manage to keep their acting talents progressing or it will be a loss to society.

National Watersports Festival – 5th September

September 9, 2014

Going over the bridge to Hayling Island we noticed how calm the sea was – not a movement!

On arrival at the beach I was taken aback by how much this event has grown over the years, I was taken round by Allan Cross the Event Organiser and introduced to many people from the various trades and sports ranging from windsurfing to the latest and fastest growing craze of paddle boarding. These boards can be blow up and can be packed away into a large bag making it possible for many more people to partake of this sport. Had I been younger and more agile, I would have stayed to take part in one of the taster sessions – it looked such fun! I was introduced to many present and past champions in the various water sports. Havant is very lucky to have this event within our Borough; it is now the biggest and best water sports festival of it’s kind in the UK and year by year it grows. The event generates a lot of income and puts Havant well and truly on the map. I can only say a big thank-you to Allan Cross, who puts an enormous amount of effort into this attraction that is enjoyed by so many locals and visitors.

Afternoon Tea and Talk on The Battle of Trafalgar – 3rd September

September 9, 2014

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Mike Cheshire MBE, gave us an informative and entertaining talk on the Battle of Trafalgar. Those that attended will understand how the period was brought to life by his description, sound effects and enthusiasm for the subject. I want to thank Mike for giving this talk which raised funds for my charities. I also had a ‘name the teddy’ competition which was won by one of our officers who in her free time had come along to support the event. My thanks to all those who attended and arranged the afternoon. Watch this space for the next one. Mike has promised to do another in the New Year!

100th Birthday Celebration with Albert Marcus Stephenson – 3rd September

September 9, 2014

I was invited by Bert’s (he prefers to be known as this) family to surprise him on his 100th birthday by arriving at his house to join the family for an early celebration; the main party was to be at the weekend.

Both Bert and his wife live in their own home, Bert does most of the gardening and is an incredible example to us all. Their garden was well looked after with fruit and vegetables and flowers making it a lovely environment in which we sat, talked and shared a glass of champagne!
During the morning it became apparent Bert’s sister had been awarded Maundy money back in 1993 and this was now in his possession. I had the delight for the first time in my life of seeing Maundy money, it is tiny and silver as can be seen from the photo below.

Bert, I wish you many more happy years and thank you and your family for your hospitality.

100th Birthday Celebration 1

Langstone Harbour Board – 2nd September

September 9, 2014

A very early start to the morning due to tides but what a lovely day! It started overcast and quite cool but developed into a sunny day.

We were taken all round the harbour in the boat, and shown both the commercial side and the pleasure side of the harbour. We even saw a total of 6 seals, 5 on land and one in the water.

Louise MacCallum, Environment Officer explained to us the ecology of the area and what is necessary to keep everything in as pristine a condition as possible. Her interest and knowledge gave us a fantastic insight of the harbour and the need to conserve it – we are so fortunate to have this beautiful asset within our Borough and Portsmouth.

The tour was rounded off at lunchtime at Sinah Warren on Hayling Island where we were welcomed warmly.

Southern Domestic Abuse Service Annual General Meeting – 1st September

September 9, 2014

This was my second year of attending this Annual General Meeting and this year we had the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry speaking. Due to the services in Hampshire being recommissioned, the SDAS has a great deal of anxiety but Councillor Roy Perry stressed that he recognised the need to maintain a strong support service for victims.

It was extremely interesting talking to the volunteers and officers and even one or two of the victims plucked up courage to come along and talk to us as well.

After the business concluded we all enjoyed a buffet and the opportunity to network and understand the needs and views of all concerned.

Royal Marines Yomp from Brighton to Havant – 31st August

September 9, 2014

Following the Rowans Hospice Summer Fete we went to meet the Royal Marines undertaking a yomp from Brighton to Havant which finished at the Ship Inn, Langstone. Due to traffic we were a little late arriving and they had taken a short cut along the beach so our times did not coincide exactly!

We were greeted warmly by serving and retired Royal Marines and their families who had completed the yomp in aid of the charity for wounded Royal Marines.

This also coincided with the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Marines Yomp Image

Rowan’s Hospice Summer Fete – 31st August

September 9, 2014

It was a pleasure to attend the Rowans Hospice Annual Summer Fete on Sunday 31st August held at Purbrook Heath.

There was such an array of attractions for everyone to visit including a most impressive dog show and the candy floss stall took me back to my childhood and candyfloss heaven!

I was pleased to draw the Summer Raffle, there were some superb prizes! The fete was well attended and received good support and hopefully raised considerable funds for the Hospice.

Visit to Crossway House Care Home – 30th August

September 9, 2014

Cross Way House is a Care Home in Havant who provide a wide range of general and specialist care needs, with a highly trained team of staff.

I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon meeting the Manager, Mandy Clarke and her friendly team of staff. I really cannot speak highly enough of the vibrant and enthusiastic manner in which the manager and her team look after the interests of the residents living at Crossway House in an environment showing respect and dignity for all. All the residents are made to feel really welcome and the stimulating activities offered enhance their quality of life.
They even have fish and a bunny for the residents and visitors to enjoy!

Family members and visitors alike are really made to feel welcome and the ambience is lovely. Thank you for inviting me.