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The Southsea Show Competition

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Free Community Funding Workshops by Fratton Big Local

Fratton Big Local are putting on free drop-in workshops at Fratton Community Centre on Thursday 3rd July to help local groups apply for up to £10,000 of Awards for All funding. The one hour workshops will start at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm and will cover the small grants programme of the National Lottery:

“We want to fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. We will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens”.

Funding is available for activities that will benefit the community, including:

- Putting on an event, activity or performance
- Buying new equipment or materials
- Running training courses
- Setting up a pilot project or starting up a new group
- Carrying out special repairs or conservation work
- Paying expenses for volunteers, costs for sessional workers or professional fees
- Transport costs

Check the flyer below for more information and www.frattonbiglocal.org.uk.

Free Community Funding Workshops by Fratton Big Local

Pier Today, Gone Tomorrow? Sign the Petition to Order Repairs to South Parade Pier

“Time and tide wait for no man” is a 13th century proverb that goes back even further in ancient English and the sentiment remains the same almost 1000 year later in the case of Portsmouth & Southsea’s South Parade Pier: the laws of the land say it can’t be demolished but these laws mean nothing to the rain, the wind and the sea. After years of seemingly wilful neglect by the current owners, a mixture of handwashing and legal nonchalance by Portsmouth City Council, elusive, hokey-cokey ‘new’ owners and a winter of the worst storms in memory the treasured landmark at one of Portsmouth & Southsea seaside’s busiest points may well not be structurally able to survive another bad winter.

South Parade Trust have created a petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to act and force the owners of South Parade Pier to “…carry out urgent, end-to-end repairs to prevent further ongoing structural collapse, using Section 48 of The Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990, as recommended by English Heritage”. You can re-open a toilet and fill a pothole but once the pier is gone…it is gone forever. If the small Suffolk seaside town of Southwold can have a vibrant pier, so can we. If Hastings can restore a pier to its previous splendour (from burnt out ruins), then so can we. If Penarth can have a community pier with resources and facilities for locals and tourists, then so can we. No more excuses, time to act.

The petition has only been online a matter of days and already has almost 3000 signatures at the time of writing, there is absolutely no reason why it cannot get to 10,000 or even 100,000 seeing the number of people who live, work & visit the city of Portsmouth and Southsea. It takes 10 seconds to sign and another 10 seconds to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

38degrees.org.uk/petitions/order-repair-of-south-parade-pier

Forgetting the heritage, forgetting a restored pier being a community asset, forgetting the pier being a tourist attraction…culturally & artistically the pier is one of the most photographed locations in the city. Photos taken on mobile phones all the way to remote drones, photos taken at all times of the day and year from land and sea…all of these photos shared online to what must be millions of people. Imagine that lost to a storm surge and shoulder shrugging owners and PCC…

Below are just three photos I’ve taken of the pier of literally hundreds in the last few years, I imagine just locally there must be thousands and thousands of photos by local people, even more by visitors to the city. People are inspired to take photographs by special places and locations, lets try and keep one of ours and to bring it back to life.

South Parade Pier (1)

South Parade Pier (2)

South Parade Pier (3)

Help Build A Permanent Home For The Portsmouth FC Academy

On a day where football is going to be a hot topic amongst everyone in the city, it seems fitting that we help promote this campaign. Portsmouth Football Club has never owned its own training ground inside the city, and now they have a chance to build a permanent home for the club’s first team and the academy.

Financial stability has been brought to the club thanks to supporter investment, making the club the largest fan owned football club in the UK. With this new stability the club are looking to secure the clubs future and this starts with creating new training facilities.

On the 20th May, the club announced that work had begun on a £500,000 training complex at Roko in Hilsea. The funding for this was sourced through the Presidents, Directors and Supporters Trust. This will mean that, for the first time, the club will have their own dedicated training facilities for both the first team squad and the academy. But that’s just Stage One. One of the key elements to selecting Roko was the ability to expand in the future and they have already secured the option to immediately add an additional two pitches and facilities to the rear of the complex to provide a permanent base for the academy teams.

Pompey Academy Campaign

Pompey Academy Campaign

Last year when £2.5m was needed to save Portsmouth FC, fans were asked for an investment of £1,000 for a share in the club. Unfortunately, many fans simply couldn’t afford to but still wanted to contribute to the club that they love. When asked in a recent survey, a large number of fans said they wanted the club to run fan funded projects so they could make a difference. This project is a great way for everyone to get involved and contribute. If every Pompey fan contributed £10-£20 then this should be very much be achievable.

The below film will tell you more about the project. You can go a head and make your contribution by going to www.tifosy.com/campaigns/pompey-academy.

Portsmouth FC Murals by ilovedust (3)
Portsmouth FC Murals by ilovedust

Operation Tanktop Needs You!

The Feel Yourself Campaign are getting together with Earth Wool & Fire to yarn bomb the tank outside the D Day museum during this year’s Victorious Festival, with permission from the organisers and the museum of course.

If you can knit or crochet and can spare the time to donate a square or rectangle of any size to this project, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t but you know someone who can, please pass this on them.

They’re running a male orientated crochet night at the Deco on the 1st July at 7.30 to hopefully get some men contributing too. You can come along and be shown how to knit or crochet even just a line will be enough helpful. This is a HUGE undertaking, but a significant operation in the battle to raise awareness of breast and testicular cancers. Please contact the FYC if you can donate to the tank’s new top by email at feelyourselfcampaign@gmail.com.

For more information check out the Facebook Event Page HERE.

Operation Tank Top

For more information about Victorious Festival click HERE.

Mayville High School 100x100x100

Southsea local school Mayville High School on the 14th of May took part in their 100x100x100 project to commemorate WWI, an idea created by Year 9 pupil Fergus Bonnar. The 100x100x100 project saw 100 pupils from Mayville plus teachers and representatives from the Armed Forces take part in a 100 mile walk (one mile each) to mark the 100 years. During the walk the pupils sang war songs from the period on their way to the seafront war memorial.

Once at the memorial pupils chose the name of a individual fallen serviceman to dedicate their personal poppy to and then took part in activities and a service to the fallen of WWI. The money raised in the sponsored event will be split between the charities Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

“As a community, we were looking for ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Students at Mayville always demonstrate a great deal of empathy, so it did not surprise me that a pupil came up with this wonderful idea. We supported Fergus and ran with it to create a valuable educational experience whilst supporting our chosen charities. The insight that our pupils will gain will hopefully foster a more meaningful remembrance activity at the end of the day”. – Head of Boy’s P.E at Mayville Doug Elvy

This project is a really creative and active way of the pupils raising and sharing their own awareness of the Great War, helping the pupils also embed their learning on the subjects & issues and also raising money for good causes.

The film below shows the day’s events:

Doggers of Portsea

‘Doggers of Portsea’ is a photography project and census of dogs and their owners on Portsea Island by Josh Knill. Josh intends to document as many dogs and owners as possible to create a visual record of dog ownership on the island.

‘I am a dog lover and own two dogs myself (Lola a yorkie/spaniel cross and Margot a miniature dachshund) whilst out walking with them I would often wonder what draws people to own a certain breed? How did they choose the dog’s name? The photographic study will culminate in an exhibition of the images, alongside info graphics showing most popular breeds, names, location and owners age. Perhaps a correlation or pattern will emerge? A book will also be published containing the portraits and information.’

If you and your furry friend are interested in taking part in the project and having your portrait shot for free by Josh you can email him at joshknill@gmail.com or you may happen upon him whilst walking your canine companion.

For more information on Josh and to see more of his work you can visit joshknill.com

Gland Rock Festival 2014 in Aid of the Feel Yourself Campaign Feat. The Telescopes & More

GLAND ROCK returns for its second outing on July 5th for the one-day charity festival in aid of Feel Yourself Campaign – promoting cancer awareness for men and women. Situated at The Wedgewood Rooms and Edge of The Wedge in Southsea, Portsmouth, the event ran by Strong Island Recordings, Champagne Justice and Creation for Causes will have incredible live music alongside stalls brimming with an assortment of food, records, clothing and art. Entry is £10 and tickets can be purchased here.

The first Gland Rock, in November 2013, included the likes of Esben and The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, The Hundredth Anniversary, Bloodsport, Fever, Shudder Pulps and many more. This year Gland Rock 2014 is led by legendary British outfit The Telescopes formerly on one of the greatest record labels of all time Creation Records and remains as eclectic, electric and impressive, featuring a unique blend of lauded acts and exciting prospects on the ascent. The Telescopes have been hailed as “brilliant” with a “very real and crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop” by The Wire. Steve Lamacq has championed the band since their inception and they have been described as “in another universe altogether… incredible” by NME. The Telescopes’ spiralling blend of psyche, shoegaze and visceral noise is like no other and Gland Rock is delighted to welcome them as our headline act for 2014.

Also on the line up are the likes of God Damn, AK/DK, Playlounge and Flamingods who have all fast become favourites of gig and festival goers across the country. Elsewhere, we have the bewilderingly exciting Omi Palone and Human Hair, two of the capital’s finest new bands.

On the home front, Southsea is gainfully represented by the bombastic Curxes, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, Is Bliss, Rickyfitts, Deluxe Flamingos & Eloise Keating.

Champagne Justice, Creation For Causes, and Strong Island Recordings are proud to bring you Gland Rock 2014 in aid of Feel Yourself Campaign! You can listen to the line up below of the acts playing Gland Rock and check the Facebook event HERE.

Gland Rock 2014

Born – Urban, Community Based Youth Arts

Born – Urban are a non-profit community-based production company that encourages and supports the urban youth to produce quality interdisciplinary performances that educate and challenge their personal views (also focussing on personal and social development). Born – Urban will be giving a dedicated group of young people a chance to devise a performance using dance, drama, music, poetry and more, about issues that affect them directly. The project would be encouraging teenagers aged 16-21 to get involved outside of school/college in a selection of roles such as directing, producing, performing and technical/backstage work; aiming to express issues that are important to them. The project will be including different methods of performance: singing, acting, dancing, rapping, etc. as well as opportunities to help creatively promote and advertise shows.

To kick off the project, Born – Urban are inviting influential creative people in the area to share their approach with an Induction Evening where they would simply be expressing to attendants what they are about, as a company, and aiming to getting them to participate in the different disciplines that would be available. Members involved in the event so far are members of the Brook Club, Highbury College, Jo’s Streetdance Crew, professional film makers and more.

If you are interested in finding out more, finding out about the induction evening or the young person production workshops please call Stephanie on 07943379873.

Born Urban

Investment In Portsmouth

Over the past week we have heard announcements in the local press that Bouygues Development are looking to seek permission to demolish the eyesore that is Brunel House, and replace it with an impressive tower which has been nicknamed ‘Our Shard’. In addition there have also been reports about the investment which will be going into South Parade Pier by the new owners, and the residential development of the old Portland Hotel building on Kent Road. With all this exciting development I am half expecting to hear that someone will finally turn the the Northern Quarter of Commercial Road into the New Westfields.

Putting all cynicism to one side however, these projects would be fantastic for the city. The regeneration of The Hard and Portsea area over the past few years has been a real success, and this would continue this time of regeneration for our city. In my opinion the building looks brilliant and would enhance the already impressive Portsmouth skyline.

Bouygues Development’s plans consist of a forty storey tower which will include student accommodation, 329 residential properties and one floor of retail space. The development would see the demolition of Brunel House, Victory Public House, ‘City Wide Taxi’s’ building and former Ambulance Station.

To find out more you can view the planning application yourself HERE.

Brunel House Our Shard

We have all been waiting and hoping for some positive news about our beloved South Parade Pier. The consortium who have just taken over ownership of the pier, South Parade Pier Limited have announced their plan to develop the pier. The plans include a music venue, bars and restaurants however still maintaining traditional seaside pier attractions like the arcades and food kiosks.

A nice touch that excited me was the plan for a ferry service could also be set up to go between Gunwharf Quays.

With all of this in mind, I feel it is key to point out that we at Strong Island echo the thoughts of The South Parade Trust, who are a community organisation who were also looking to purchase the pier, they urge caution and want to see evidence of the investment required. If reports are to be believed the costs to restore the pier could reach between £3-5 million.

It’s still very early days and the owners will have to allow the full extent of the damage to be assessed before anyone can hope to see repairs begin. It may take a few years but let’s hope the future for one of Portsmouth’s oldest and most loved attractions is in good hands.

Catherine Taylor
Photo by Catherine Taylor

Todays Portsmouth News has featured the new development for the land opposite the pier. Take a look and you can make up your own opinions.

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By The Castle

Apologies for a little self-linkage, but I’ve added some photos from a July day down by the castle on Forever Circling (a photography, etc blog I update daily).

It’s sunny today too, roll on spring and summer.

Around the Castle

Hidden Treasures

Steve Bomford gave us the heads up on this wonderful short film made up of old film footage, from the 50s to the 70s, filmed around Portsmouth and Southsea. If you like looking at some vintage Portsmouth and Southsea you will love this (really interesting to see the Guildhall before it was pedestrianised and the buildings were demolished for the council offices).

Submarine Graveyard

Portsmouth’s Pounds scrapyard has been the final stop for the lives of many military vehicles over the years but most noticeable it has been the location for a submarine graveyard. So iconic was the sight of the submarines as you entered Portsmouth that they became the inspiration for the architect when designing the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

Robin Hinson has a large collection of photos of the scrapped submarines here, with a few shown below.






Guildhall After WWII

On 10th January 1941 during a heavy bombing attack on Portsmouth the Guildhall was hit by several incendiary bombs which heavily damaged the structure and the resulting fires quickly spread throughout the whole building, turning it in to just a shell. It took almost 15 years to rebuild the Guildhall in to what we have today, which was officially reopened by the Queen on the 8th June 1959. This photo from Stan Webb from a collection of photos collected by Portsmouth College shows how totally destroyed the building was, leaving just some of the frontage and most of the tower.

Guildhall

Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea poster

You know we love a bit of Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea here at Strong Island. Not too much info on this one, perfect for holidays though. The flickr link states the photo of the poster was taken in Eastney, but I’m not sure where.

Via : Bob Franklin

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