Archive for March, 2016

Wednesday 30/3/16 Opening of DEBRA Shop

March 30, 2016


Today. Andy and I were pleased to open the new Debra Charity Shop in Market Parade, Havant. A very worthwhile charity helping people with and researching into a painful skin condition.

There is a good  of selection of clothes and furniture, in the store, well worth a visit and browse. We bought a lovely red vase to put our artificial Poppies into.

Tuesday 29/3/16 Mayor’s Cadets Interviews

March 29, 2016

Today along with Mayor Elect Councillor Faith Ponsonby, we interviewed prospective Mayor’s Cadets for the year 2016-2017.

We met some smart, confident young men and women and the decision will now be made at to which cadets will accompany the Mayor in the next year on Civic Occasions.

The cadets are a welcome addition to the Ceremonial Events of the year.

Easter Monday 28/3/16 Eggstravaganza

March 28, 2016

Today in Warren Park, the local Councillors organised the annual Eggstavaganza. With face painting, Easter Bonnet, mug and Easter Egg decorating, a good time was had by the many local children that were there.

With lots of imagination shown by the children, it looked as they were really having fun.

Saturday 26/3/16 Hayling Horticultural Spring Show

March 26, 2016





This afternoon Andy and I were delighted to be invited to present the prizes at The Hayling Horticultral Spring Show.

Lovely to see our friends from The Horti who do so much for the Community on Hayling. There were beautiful flowers and delicious cakes, a very enjoyable afternoon.


Saturday 26/3/16 Easter Bonnet Parade

March 26, 2016



Today in Park Parade Shopping Centre in Leigh Park, the traders held an Easter Bonnet Parade.

The Deputy Mayor Faith Ponsonby was happy to attend this on our behalf, I do believe I also recognised a certain senior Councillor as a pretty pink bunny!

A lovely Easter tradition.


Thursday 24/3/16 Riders Infant and Junior Schools Unity Festival

March 24, 2016



Today Cllr Faith Ponsonby the Deputy Mayor was pleased to attend the Unity Festival at Riders Infants and Junior Schools on my behalf. She tells me it was a lovely event with an important theme.

Congratulations to everyone.

Tuesday 22/3/16 Back to the 80’s at Cowplain Community School

March 24, 2016




The Deputy Mayor Cllr Faith Ponsonby attended this show on my behalf. She tells me it was wonderful, full of talented, confident youngsters. I am so sorry that I had to miss it.

Well done to all the teachers and students involved.

Monday 21/3/16 Havant Youth Sail Training Scheme AGM

March 21, 2016


Tonight Andy Cousins my Consort attended the Havant Youth Sail Training Scheme on our behalf. The charity although small does excellent work with young people between the ages of 8 and 18. The training sessions run during the summer months on one day over the weekend.

All of the staff members are volunteers.

Saturday 19/3/16 Duck Race

March 20, 2016

Duck Race

The 1st Bedhampton (St Thomas) Scout Group held their annual Duck Race today. This runs along the Hermitage Stream in Havant.

Great fun was had by all, with my Consort Andy Cousins starting the race on my behalf. Together with Maureen Thompson from Fair Trade , Andy presented an award and prizes to the scouts after the race.




Friday 18/4/16 The Waterloo School

March 18, 2016

On a cold overcast day I joined the children of Waterloo School who have a lovely new modern play park to use.

Along with Bailee the head of the school council, I cut the ribbon to open the park to the excited children. After someone had set fire to the old wooden play park it was unusable so the new equipment is steel and hopefully will have a much longer life span.


Thursday 17/3/16 Havant and East Hants Mind AGM

March 17, 2016

It was a pleasure to welcome delegates to this annual meeting. The room was packed with representatives from the police, local Community groups, service users and stakeholders.

Havant Mind are doing such good work within our Borough and further afield. They are situated in Leigh Park where they have been based for 23 years.

Wednesday 16/3/16 Mayor of Gosport’s Civic Day

March 16, 2016

Today we joined the other members of the Hampshire Chain Gang for Gosport’s Civic Day.

We were delighted to tour HMS Sultan which is one of the UK’s largest training establishments and trains Marine and Air Engineers. Our visit finished after lunch in the Siskin room. We were made very welcome by all the Naval Officers that we met.

Tuesday 15/3/16 Havant Neighbourhood Watch AGM

March 16, 2016

imageTo a packed room, I welcomed delegates to the 2016 Neighbourhood Watch AGM. There were five Police Officers present, including the Havant Chief Inspector. They answered questions from the audience and local crime figures were discussed.

What a good job the local co ordinators do in Havant, working with the Police and Council to keep us all safe.

15/3/16 Hayling Lions Club visit to Spektrek

March 15, 2016

This morning Andy and I were very interested to visit Spektrek at Appuldram with our friends from The Lions Club of Hayling Island.

The centre organised by the Chichester Lions sorts and packages  around 1,000000 pairs of spectacles a year. Lions clubs throughout the UK send their glasses to Chichester where volunteers then sort them before sending them onto a charity in France. When they reach France the glasses are checked for power and then sent to French Colonies throughout Africa,

The boxes and boxes awaiting sorting made the four pairs of glasses we took with us seem very insignificant.



Monday 14/3/16 The Rock Challenge 2016

March 14, 2016

Tonight we went to the Portsmouth Guildhall to support Park Community School in the 2016 Rock Challenge.

They performed brilliantly and came third overall. Also getting an award for taking part in 20 of the 21 years that the Rock Challenge has taken place.

We thought the Bollywood part of their routine was the best of the night.