Archive for March, 2015

Pompey in the Community Launch event at Glenwood School – 26th February

March 11, 2015


Pompey in the Community in Partnership with Network Rail and the Football League Trust has visited secondary schools in our area explaining the dangers of playing on the railway line or playing chicken at level crossings and to understand the key railway safety messages.

Glenwood School was enthralled to have two Pompey football club players at the event, Andy Barcham and Danny Hollands who along with others encouraged year 11 pupils to take part in a workout. No encouragement was needed as the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed themselves.   After this workout we retired to a classroom and had a question and answer session with the players.

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Charity Coffee Morning at the Public Service Plaza – 25th February

March 11, 2015

As February was Raynauds Awareness month I held a Coffee Morning at the Plaza promoting awareness of this very unpleasant condition as well as supporting Fairtrade Fortnight.

I was fortunate enough to have the CEO of the Raynauds and Scleroderma Association, one of my charities, along to this morning to talk to and explain the unusual condition to those present. It was a well attended coffee morning where we also had many other stalls for people to browse and shop. The morning raised a total of £257 for my charity appeal fund. Thank you to all of you who attended.

Dementia Friendly Hampshire Project – 24th February

March 11, 2015

After giving out the bananas I went along to the Meridian Centre in Havant to an exhibition presented by Dementia Friendly. There were some beautiful poetry, art work and stories by both suffers of dementia and carers. One particular poem ‘Remember Me’ brought me nearly to tears and the whole exhibition was extremely moving.   There was a white ‘tree’ on which we were invited to hang ‘leaves’ as a tree is, of course, symbolic of the passing of time and each new leaf was a sign of renewal and life.  Anybody within the Meridian Centre was invited to hang a leaf. This was an opportunity for them to learn more about dementia and its effects on all members of a family.

Fairtrade Fortnight and Bananas – 24th February

March 11, 2015

This morning as the staff arrived for work they were surprised by the vast supply of Fairtrade Bananas donated by Fyffes and Fairtrade Chocolate in the foyer which were given out by a group of us to any staff working in the Plaza.

As you can see we had great fun promoting Fairtrade!


Chinese New Year Celebrations – 22nd February

March 2, 2015

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This was held at the Guildhall in Portsmouth in the company of the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and a large number of the Chinese community.  Proceedings began with being taken round some stalls to see some of the crafts and gifts made by local Chinese people.  It was totally fascinating watching a man carving incredible creations from simple vegetables e.g. carrots and turnips.  I then went into the main hall where we were treated to a feast of Chinese dishes and then performances on the stage by a large number of entertaining acts performed by Chinese and none Chinese performers who belonged to groups such as martial arts, dancers, and of course the traditional lion dance.  What a spectacle!

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The whole of the performance was a kaleidoscope of colour noise and excitement.

I loved every moment.  Thank you to all the Chinese Community for inviting me.

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Induction and Collation of the Reverend Canon Tom Kennar at St. Faith’s Church, Havant – 17th February

March 2, 2015

The Bishop of Portsmouth, The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, performed the ceremony at St Faiths.   A packed congregation was there to welcome Tom as the new vicar.  Tom knows the area extremely well already as he has been the curate at Emsworth in the past and I feel sure he will be a real asset to the church and the community along with his wife Clare.

Pancake Day Races – 17th February

March 2, 2015

Beautiful sunny morning but very cold welcomed me to the London Road Precinct, Waterlooville where this annual event is held.  A number of teams took part and it was great fun watching the competitors running and flipping their pancakes along the course.  Many of course were dropped which meant that not necessarily the fastest runners won the race.  I was absolutely delighted when the HBC team came second, well done to all of you who took part and thank you for making the event such fun for everyone!

Mayor’s Valentine Quiz Night – 13th February

March 2, 2015

A very nail biting evening was thoroughly enjoyed by 15 teams of 6 people who pitted their wits against each other to win the Mayor’s Quiz Trophy.    The winning team was  ‘Quiz Nunc’, coming second was ‘Marion’s Marvels’ and coming in last place was ‘No Shrinking Violets’!

The evening raised a total of £1,167 for my charity appeal fund.

Thank you so much everyone who contributed, not only the players but the Quiz Master and her team of markers; the facilities team here at the Council and the volunteers who provided the food.