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5th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

We are proud to launch our 5th annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition for 2015!  The rules are the same and last year we had our largest amount of entries and the strongest competition we’ve ever seen.  In a landmark 5th year we’re hoping for more of the same!

We’ve had great success in the previous four years with ALL winners going on to have their winning brews re-brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and sold in a range of pubs in and around Portsmouth.

The judging panel will consist of Malcolm Irving from Irving & Co. Brewers in Portsmouth,  Stuart Ainsworth who is Landlord of the Leopold Tavern which is Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA pub of the year multi award winner and one other beer professional to be confirmed soon.

This year we are opting for a 2 categories again.  1st category will be the ale brew.  Whether you already are a home brewer or you really want to have a go for the first time and get involved, this is designed to make no boundaries for the brewer.  This category is made to really let the skills be shown of your home brewing talent.

The 2nd category will be the ‘Other’ category.  Lagers, Ginger Beers & Ciders for this one with same rules with the 1st category regards to unrestricted brewing rules.

Your brews will be judged on

  • TASTE
  • AROMA
  • COLOR
  • CLARITY
  • DRINKABILITY
  • NAME/PRESENTATION/LABEL

You can enter as many entries as you like either as an individual or a team.

The judging evening will take place at a new location for 2015, the brand new Meat & Barrel on Palmerston Road, Southsea on Wednesday 4th February 2015 so get it in your diaries.

There will be more posts up along the way and feel free to send us pictures on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with the hashtag #SIHomeBrew

Also, more good news, we now have a home brew shop open here in Southsea! Drop by Elm Grove and check out Get Brewing for all your ingredients and equipment supplies.

Happy brewing!

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

5th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Can you believe it, we’re heading into our fifth year of competition.  It’s that time of year when you get the Autumn feeling setting in and you know it’s time to dust off the hydrometer and make a trip down to Wilko’s (or browse any other reputable home brew suppliers) to stock up on brewing kit.

Last year saw the greatest turn out by far in the history of the competition and with this being a landmark 5th year, we’re hoping to see even more top brews entered.  Last year’s winner, Malaccan Pirate, was a storming success selling well in many Portsmouth pubs and it was also one of the first beers to sell out at the Portsmouth Beer Festival back in May.

My hops are harvested and i’m ready to get cracking.  We have yet to confirm a date for the judging evening but we will aim to announce a set date for February 2015 very soon so be sure to keep an eye out.

In the mean time happy brewing!

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D-Day Museum & D-Day Commemorations

This weekend sees the 70th anniversary of D-Day being remembered on Southsea Seafront.  An event in history that shall never be forgotten as it affected so many millions of lives both then and now.

There is a wide programme of events starting today, running through until Sunday including a Red Arrows display, mock beach landings performed by the Royal Marines and a live performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Many veterans will be attending alongside top leaders from around Europe.  The events are free for all to attend and commence from around 10am each day.

You may also have heard this week about the fantastic news the D-Day Museum in Southsea is to receive some funding to help towards a complete redevelopment to upgrade and modernise the museum, making it the biggest D-Day commemorative attraction in the world.  A huge honour for the city of Portsmouth, who played such a pivotal role in the D-Day operations from planning through to implementation.

This funding will bring the museum just short of it’s target for the development to be completed in time for the D-Day 75 celebrations.  Various local businesses have pledged to carry out fundraising drives over the coming months the help the museum achieve it’s target, as well as the news that Victorious Festival will be donating a percentage of ticket sales towards the museum’s initiative.

You can read the D-Day museum plans of development and fundraising strategy here in more detail.

Remembering the allied forces who sacrificed so much for those of us today is hugely important for the future generations in so many ways.  To see the D-Day museum reach these goals would not only be a fantastic achievement for the city, but also for the wider world to remember such a significant event in history.

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Portsmouth Homebrewers Club

Next Tuesday 4th March will see the first meeting of the Portsmouth Homebrewers Club.  It will take place at The Leopold Tavern on Albert Road, Southsea from 7pm.

After the great success of the Strong Island Home Brewing competition and the recent boom in interest for craft beers and home brewing, myself, Stuart and Pete Hughes, brewer at The Brewhouse & Kitchen, are launching the gatherings due to take place once a month at different venues across the city.  The evenings will be an informal get together to discuss all aspects of home brewing including tips and recipe shares under the expert guidance of Pete.  There is no formal agenda planned, although we will be able to look ahead to certain discussions and topics as we go along if anyone wishes to raise an idea.

It’s open to all abilities whether you’ve never even brewed before but are looking to start, right through to the accomplished home brewers.  It’s all about learning new things and sharing the love for beer!

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4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Wednesday evening saw the 4th year of the Strong Island Home Brew competition at Little Johnny Russells and we were not disappointed.  The best turnout of any year so far, and the quality was improved across the board to match the strong numbers.

A total of 12 entries were submitted to the restricted brew category with the winner being brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and 4 entries battled it out in the unrestricted category which saw two lagers go up against two ciders.

An impromptu Best Label Design category was awarded for the evening due to the great detail and effort that had gone into all the labelling, and this was a duly deserved win by Jessica Watson & Chris Bulman for the Tucker’s lager labels.

Milton Pride cider scooped the unrestricted category for their third year in a row, this year being pushed hard by Tucker’s Malt & Maple Syrup and his Treacle & Brown Sugar lagers, as well as Pig & Pirate’s cider entry.

The restricted ale was a very tough choice for the judges Malcolm Irving and Stuart Ainsworth.  Honourable mentions went to Kassassin Street Brewery’s Homegrown and Pig & Pirate’s Darkside Mild.  Third place went to Pig & Pirate’s New World Pale Ale, second place was claimed by Shed Brew for their White S beer and the eventual winner was taken by last years winner also, Tyler Griffin, with his Malaccan Pirate Black IPA.

With his winning brew, Tyler aimed to pay homage to BrewDog’s Libertine Black Ale and the controversial style often referred to as a Black IPA.  The recipe resembles an American IPA with prominent citrus, floral, and piney aromas, but modifies the grain bill via the inclusion of de-husked black malt.  The adjustment conjures an opaque black colour while offering a subtle roastiness to the balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.  He says he has found that the style affords little margin for error in achieving the correct balance.  The precarious balance gives rise to the name, Malaccan Pirate, which respects the treacherous shipping strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaccan Pirate will now go on to be brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers in late spring and will debut at Portsmouth Beer Festival before hitting the pumps around Portsmouth & Southsea and surrounding areas.  A huge thank you to all who took part and everyone who has supported the event.  We’re very proud of how the event has developed so far and are very much looking forward to our 5th year next year.

Below are a few photos, visit our Facebook page to see a load more: www.facebook.com/StrongIslandUK




















4th Annual Home Brew Competition – Judging Tomorrow Night

The judging evening for the 4th Annual Home Brew Competition will take place tomorrow, 19th February at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road and will commence from 7pm. If you are looking at entering just turn up on the evening in good time before 7pm.  You will need 3 bottles of your brew per entry to present to the judges.  There is no entry fee or paperwork!

If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end.  For full details on criteria and rules you can read the original post here.  See you tomorrow!

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Portsmouth FC – PompeyPay4aPal

For Portsmouth FC’s upcoming game vs Cheltenham Town at Fratton Park on 8th March, the Fans Conference & Pompey’s 12th Man are appealing for donations to the PompeyPay4aPal scheme.  The scheme gives match day tickets to people who really deserve them.  That could be a keen young supporter whose family just can’t afford it or an unsung hero in the community who has gone the extra mile for other people.

They are asking for Pompey fans to donate a few pounds towards match tickets or even better, if they can buy a match ticket or two. Every single pound given will go to the scheme, so whatever you can afford will make a real difference.  The initiative has raised over £10,000 in the past and continues to aid some very deserving fans who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a game.  You can donate via Paypal here or at the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

Another great example of the community aspect of the football club, which again demonstrates it has some of the best fans in football.

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4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

We’re sure you’ve all been brewing away over the Christmas and New Year period ready for 4th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition, but if you haven’t fear not!  There is still time for you (just about) to get your brew on.

The judging evening will take place on Wednesday 19th February at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road and will commence from 7pm. If you are looking at entering just turn up on the evening in good time before 7pm.  You will need 3 bottles of your brew per entry to present to the judges.  There is no entry fee or paperwork!

If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end.  For full details on criteria and rules you can read the original post here.

See you next month!

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Strong Island – Portsmouth FC Shareholders

Well we’ve achieved it at last! Strong Island is now part owner of Portsmouth Community Football Club with our very own community share.  After our launch of the Strong Island X PFC design on tshirts back in May, we’ve completed our share purchase as we set out to do.  If we’re honest we achieved the total a long while ago, it’s just taken a while to complete the pledge and then to bring you this news.

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project and also to everyone who has bought the tshirts. The response was truly unbelievable, a genuine reflection of the wider efforts of the city and the community in establishing PFC as a community club and keeping them afloat.  It makes us very proud on a match day to see so many of our designs gracing the stands, knowing that the support received has helped towards sustaining the running of the club.

As we’ve continued to raise money past our share pledge amount, we continue to work closely with fundraising initiatives alongside Pompey’s 12th Man and the Pompey Supporters Trust including the Fratton Park Arts project and many other events planned for 2014.

There has even been huge support from non football fans, Portsmouth people who, even though they don’t follow the team realise what a vital component the football club is to the city in terms of infrastructure, history and city pride. Thank you again for your amazing support on this and here’s to more success in the future. PUP! #WeArePompey

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Reedeeng – ‘I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic’

Recent design graduate and Southsea resident Sam Barclay, has crafted a book titled ‘I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic’. Having suffered with dyslexia all his life the book aims to provide readers with a beautiful, design-led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.

Sam has turned to Kickstarter to help fund the project and has seen an incredible response so far with over 10% of his target reached within the first 24 hours, [and over 700 shares on facebook] with most donations coming from parents of sufferers, desperate to better understand what their child is going through.

With stunning typography, design has always been at the forefront of the project, however Sam hopes that the message you take away from the book will help others: “Feeling stupid because I couldn’t understand things that came so clearly to others used to be all I knew. Having people around me, including my teachers, family and friends that could even understand slightly how that felt has helped me communicate my frustration and given me the confidence to complete this project.”

Julie Roche, Deputy Head Principle also had this to say about the book: “This book should be put on the compulsory reading list for all training teachers in a bid to eradicate the ignorance that still exists towards Dyslexia”

If you wish to get involved and pledge please visit Sam’s page on Kickstarter here.

 

 

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At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

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Southsea Common Barbecue Zones

I’m sure a lot of you enjoyed the fantastic weather this weekend and many of you no doubt had a barbecue on The Common. I was out of town on Saturday but heard it was seriously busy down the seafront. A few of us had a BBQ on Sunday and we’re approached by some council officials regarding our position. They were very polite and let us carry on as we were already cooking and handed us some details of all the new zones.

Unfortunately the new zones now means hundreds of people are going to be packed in to single areas. The main common by the War Memorial will be extremely busy over the summer. More so than usual for sure. I fully back having these zones in place, but feel I’ll no longer be going to the common for BBQs if I can help it as they have made a lot of areas no go zones. It was always more appealing when you could spread out from other groups.

It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes

Elaine

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Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.

Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ by Sue Pike

I’ve been holding on to this for a while now as I wanted to make a feature of it and had to wait for the exhibition to finish to give it pride of place on the front page. If like myself you’re always looking around at our local architecture you will have noticed many of the buildings within the book Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’. Some could even be right on your doorstep but you have never noticed, or peeked over that high wall. Thomas Ellis Owen’s work is all over the city and you’d be forgiven for walking past as a lot of it is hidden or down those streets you may not stroll down too often. Other buildings however are right in your face. Ever noticed the huge block of flats at the entrance to Waitrose, the detailing on the building at Dover Court opposite the old Havana bar?



“Thomas Ellis Owen is probably the best known of Portsmouth’s nineteenth century architects, his construction of villas and substantial terraces in Southsea being responsible for the emergence of the district as a middle class locality. His work was recognised by Pevsner and Lloyd in their magisterial Buildings of England: Hampshire, and later by a rather more detailed architectural enquiry by two students, Preedy and Stewart. My own research was principally concerned with dating Owen’s properties and analysing their inhabitants. What Sue Pike has done is to cast the net very much wider, not only by providing great detail about Owen’s family, but also by demonstrating the impressive breadth of his activities outside architecture. Indeed, his interests were so wide that there must have been few aspects of Portsmouth’s development in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s in which he was not involved. Infrastructural fields such as gas supply, the Portsea Canal, railways, the Camber Docks and hospitals lay within his purview, while he assisted in the purchase of land for one of Portsmouth’s defining features, the Palmerstonian forts. His tithe map has proved of inestimable value to local historians. Meanwhile Owen was an important local politician. All these facets of Owen’s life have been fully laid bare in this thoroughly well researched book by Sue Pike, who is to be congratulated on her labours.” Professor Ray Riley

Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ is a really interesting read and contains stunning colour photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Alverstoke by Gosport photographer, Tim Martin. There is no real target audience and hopefully it will appeal to old and young alike. The detailed captions may be helpful to first year architecture students but it showcases Southsea well and may well appeal equally to academics, photographers, interested newcomers and people who just want a really nice book to put on their coffee table. I’m a huge fan of both history and architecture so this book is a real winner for me, and I have no doubt that if that’s not really your bag you will still appreciate what Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ has to offer.

You can purchase a hardback copy for £25 via the publishers www.tricornbooks.co.uk and www.whsmith.co.uk and read up on the book and the author Sue Pike over at www.thomasellisowen.co.uk















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