Archive for September, 2015

Tuesday 29/9/15 First planning meeting for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

September 29, 2015

This afternoon HBC Officers, Cllr Gerry Shimbart and I met to start our plans for HMD 2016. Every year on 27/1 we remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and other Genocides. The 27th of January is the day that Auschwitz was liberated in 1945.

The theme  for 2016 is “Don’t Stand By.”

Tuesday 29/9/15 Tea in the Parlour with Youth Award Winners

September 29, 2015

Today, Andy and I had the pleasure of entertaining some of the winners and runners up of The Portsmouth Evening News Youth Awards, to tea in The Mayor’s Parlour at Havant.

Lovely young people all of them in their different ways. Also with us were parents, teachers, Cllr Yvonne Weeks and Julian Wadsworth MBE from The Big World Impact.


Monday 28/9/15 Licensing Revd Tim Wood

September 28, 2015

In the beautiful St Mary’s Church on Hayling Island tonight, we were pleased to attend the licensing of Revd Tim Wood as associate priest of St Andrews, St Mary and St Peter’s Churches. Revd Tim knows Hayling well and he is looking forward to meeting all the parishioners of the three churches.


Monday 28/9/15. Havant Stroke Club

September 28, 2015

This morning Andy and I joined the members of the Havant Stroke Club for their regular meeting and coffee morning. At the Bedhampton Social Hall every Monday are around 25 ladies and gentlemen who have suffered strokes. They have outings and enjoy each other’s company as a welcome break from being at home.

The organiser of the Stroke Club, Chris does a wonderful job in providing the club for everyone to enjoy.

Sunday 27/9/15 JDRF Walk along Hayling Seafront

September 27, 2015

This morning in beautiful sunshine, we judged the fancy dress competition and started the walk in aid of JDRF which aims to cure Type 1 Diabetes in Children.

Taking place at The Plaza at Eastoke Corner, were also a Brass Band Concert and various stalls. A very well organised event by the Wheller family in aid of such a good cause. Also supported by the Community 1st Responders and the Lions club of Hayling Island.

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Saturday 26/9/15. 60th Birthday Party of Leigh Park Shopping Centre

September 26, 2015

What a wonderful day Mark and Karen Smith have arranged for residents of Leigh Park. From children’s Fancy Dress Competition to a Bouncy Castle where you have a pillow fight. Lots to see and do, not forgetting Play Your Cards Right and Splat the Rat, run by Yvonne and Brian Weeks. Andy actually did Splat the Rat, I missed by miles. A Mini Boxing Ring organised by The Big World Impact had children queuing to take part, both girls and boys.

All in all a great free day out for all.

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Saturday 26/9/15 Emsworth Apple Pressing Day

September 26, 2015

First Andy and I watched residents arrive with their apples which were washed and cut. Then the apple press made beautiful apple juice, some of which we were pleased to bring home. Then we presented certificates to the winners of the design an apple label competition. The winning label also decorates the t shirts worn by the helpers. Well done Alistair and Giles for arranging a fun and useful event.

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Friday 25/9/15 Murder Mystery Evening

September 26, 2015

Thank you so much HIADS theatre company for an amusing and exciting evening. It kept us guessing until the end. My first choice for the murderer was the second victim!

My thanks also to The Southern Co-op, RKadia and Asda for sponsoring our evening. And of course to all the people that bought tickets to support our Mayor of Havant’s Community Chest. To be distributed amoung charities within the Havant Borough.

Friday 25/9/15 Macmillan Coffee Morning at Waterloo School

September 25, 2015

This morning Andy and I went to Waterloo School for their Coffee Morning. We bought some lovely cake and decorations for The Parlour Christmas Tree. Some of the children sang to us and then we all joined in, great fun.


Thursday 24/ 9/15 ASDA and PCC Community Bake off 2015

September 24, 2015

This afternoon we had the pleasure of helping to judge the lovely cakes made by residents of West Leigh in the Community Bake Off 2015. Along with Alan Knight the ex Pompy Goalkeeper and the lovely Beccy from Asda, we sampled each one and then voted. I guessed all the winners correctly, but couldn’t have made such tasty cakes.


Thursday 24/9/15 Diversity Day at Mihomecare

September 24, 2015

This morning we joined the staff at Mihomecare in Havant on their Diversity Day. We were very impressed with their ethos of care towards their clients. It was also interesting to hear all about their business. They provided lovely tea, cakes and sandwiches from the ladies of the 19 fourtea rooms next door to their office. Dressed in their Forties costumes, they looked great.


Wednesday 23/9/15 High Sheriff of Hampshire visits Big World Impact

September 23, 2015

We were delighted to invite Lady Louisa Portal, the High Sheriff of Hampshire to the Havant Borough today. Lady Portal had expressed an interest in visiting an organisation that worked with young people, so we were happy to take her to visit Big World Impact in Leigh Park. We were joined by three of the local Councillors.

We watched boxing training and street dancing lessons. Then a Royal Navy Community Engagement team put some of the young people through a training session. It was an interesting and uplifting afternoon for all of us.

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Monday 21/9/15 United Nations International Day of Peace

September 21, 2015

This morning Andy and I opened the displays for the Day of Peace in the Havant Meridian Centre. We were delighted to meet pupils from Park Community School who were decorating their lovely peace trees. We visited the stalls and spoke to representatives from the different organisations.

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Saturday 19/9/15 Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for Lifeboat Jacob

September 19, 2015


Today Andy and I attended the Service of Dedication, conducted by the Bishop of Portsmouth The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, for Hayling Island’s newest Lifeboat, Jacob.

Bought with money generously bequeathed by Ivy Louisa Primrose Jacob in her estate after she died in 2011.

The D Class lifeboat, D-779 Jacob will be a very welcome addition to the lifeboats available to be launched from the Hayling Island Lifeboat Station.

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Friday 18/9/15 Asda Tickled Pink Bake Off

September 18, 2015

Today with Alan Knight the ex Pompy Goalkeeper. I helped judge the cakes baked by Havant Asda staff for the Bake Off in aid of the Tickled Pink Charity.  The cakes were so good I made a donation and brought a couple of pieces home for Andy and I.

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