As you may have seen on our Strong Island Recordings Facebook page, we’re co promoting Gland Rock, a Christmas themed music festival taking place across one day in one venue raising money and awareness for local charity The Feel Yourself Campaign with Pie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community on the 7th December at The Southsea Social Club. Recently tickets went on sale in store and online at Pie & Vinyl in which you can purchase in advance here.
The line up for the event includes an astonishing 18 acts for a mere £10.00 with the likes of Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, Bloodsport, 1ooth Anniversary, Curxes, Is Bliss, Dead Rabbits, YSMNBWATIDemons, Ricky Fitts, Shudder Pulps and loads more. Sadly there have been a couple of changes to the line up, Halo Halo and Yoofs are unable to play but surf punk outfit Thee mvp’s who we’re releasing on our glorious ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation on the 16th December and also post punk outfit Fever, recently in the NME as one’s to watch have been added to the line up.
We will also be serving food and there will also be prizes on the day with a pub quiz planned as well if all goes well on the day. Doors open at 12 and bands will kick off just after 2pm.
We have a playlist below of the acts playing the event to wet your appetite and the Facebook event can be found here along with real time updates on the Gland Rock Twitter account.
Strong Island Media put together this short film entitled ‘The Island City’ that was screened at the recent Shaping the Future of Portsmouth conference. The film gives a stylised view of a day in the life of the city, touching on its geography, landmarks, people and places.
Pie & Vinyl, Southsea’s favourite venue for all things musical and pastry will be taking part in this years Black Friday Record Store Day celebration this Friday.
As always there will be lots of limited edition highly sought after items. The team are unable to reserve any item, take direct orders or cheeky bribes. We would recommend getting down there early to avoid disappointment as there will no doubt be a queue of customers waiting for the store to open at 11am. The usual top quality pies will be available on the day.
For more info visit the Record Store Day website HERE. Here are just a few of the special editions which will be available on the day…
Brendan Benson ‘You Were Right’
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ‘Live at KCRW’
Jack Johnson ‘Live at Third Man Records’
Nirvana ‘In Utero 2LP’
Lady Gaga -Applause – Remixes 12″ Picture Disc’
Tegan & Sara ‘Guilty As Charged’
The Doors ‘Curated By’
Grateful Dead ‘Family Dog At The Great Highway’
Photo’s by Sunny Lau
The Internet is a wonderful thing. Throughout its endless maze of 1’s and 0’s and flickering transatlantic fibre optics, there is no end of wonderment to be found in every corner and crevice. You can spend literally years trawling it and always be guaranteed to find something new and interesting to entertain and inform you for far longer than is warranted. It really is the procrastinator’s best friend. Why worry about worry about washing the dishes or those pesky work deadlines when you can watch this right?
Its true, the list of memes, videos, vines, tweets and blogs are endless thanks to the collective creativity and general boredom of mankind. As an undergraduate student I find more often than not that my time is spent richly unearthing gems such as songs about the anthropomorphization of a cat’s psyche amongst other things. It was during one of my many forays into the net that I came across something actually quite fantastic. A blog dedicated to letting artists and performers tell their stories of the worst experiences they’ve had with promoters. Set up by a local to Portsmouth who had experienced his fair share of horror stories, it gives a voice to those who have been generally exploited and outright screwed over by those wanting to make a quick buck out of people doing something they love. From bad preparation to misleading bands about shows to just not even turning up, it’s all there and well worth checking out.
But all this talk of wasted time – if you choose to view it that way – is just the figurative trip to the butcher’s in preparation for the evening meal. One of the many blessings to living in the city we do is the entrenched appreciation for the arts in all their glory, in particular music. It’s often easy to forget that on pretty much any night of the year you are able to catch live music in some shape or form in the lower numbers of the PO postal district. Folk, punk, metal, dance, hip-hop, electro, psych, garage, noise, rockabilly, hardcore, grindcore, new wave, no wave….. you get the point. The reason for this sometimes over looked blessing is the metaphorical Yang to the aforementioned blogs Ying – and the heavily digressed from point of this writing – decent, hardworking gig promoters.
Now this piece is not aimed at being a comprehensive, yellow pages style A-Z of the city’s gig organisers, it is more a snapshot into the world of a promoter, looking to give us average Joes a better understanding of how everything works. So before I go any further, please accept from me – on behalf of Portsmouth’s music appreciating citizens – a heart felt thank you everyone putting on nights of live music for our enjoyment. You know who you are and you are, quite frankly, bloody marvelous folk.
Three particular parties within the local group of promoters have been rather big waves throughout the last year that warrants a certain amount of attention and are currently working hard to put together what should be a pretty epic event in December. Champagne Justice, Pie & Vinyl presents and Strong Island Recordings have grown from mere concepts and ideas to being the front runners in bringing some of the finest acts in the country and beyond onto our small island, just off the M27. Thanks to them, the likes of Later… with Jools Holland slaying Drenge, Brighton noisemaker and NME favorite Theo Verney and serial summer festival gatecrashers Wild Smiles have all performed in some of Portsmouth’s most intimate environments before the rest of the world caught on. With this strong, fast built pedigree, the trio are pooling their collective talents into the recently announced Gland Rock charity event at Southsea Social club in aid of the Feel Yourself campaign. In the run up to the event, a closer eye shall be cast over these purveyors of live music in an attempt to get an understanding of the who, what, why, where and when that got them into putting live music on for our enjoyment. It could be interesting or it could be a shambles, let’s wait and see which.
(All photos provided by Rusty Sheriff)
Strong Island Clothing Co. have just dropped their new Winter 2013/4 collection, with lots of new tee colours, crews and hats too. Shot over at Portchester Castle on a freezing cold November day, the new range will take you through Winter comfortably in to Spring. Enjoy…
Check the lookbook HERE and head over to Shop Ahoy at .strongislandclothingco.com
Strong Island Clothing Co. also have a stall at the Victorian Festival of Christmas event this coming weekend (Friday to Sunday) where all of these new items will be for sale.
Moosehead International Airport’s welcome Bristol Grime Legend Buggsy to their Christmas Ball at the Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road.
Bristolian Buggsy has established himself as one of the UK’s premier urban performers. I say performer as you cannot pigeon hole him into one musical genre, his influences span Hip Hop, Grime, Reggae and Dubstep. Buggsy has worked with collaborated with artists including Jhest, Rodney P and Miss Dynamite.
This is will be an intimate live show with only one hundred tickets available! Support on the night comes from Adam & Cuth and local MC Rex Domino, who will be playing some new tracks from his up coming E.P. There will be DJ’s all night until late playing the best in Dub, Reggae, Hip Hop, Grime and Dubstep.
Doors open at 8pm with tickets costing £7 in advance and £10 on the door. For information on how you can get your tickets then visit the Facebook Event HERE.
Adam and Cuth ‘Hold That Note’
Rex Domino ‘Jethro Tull’
Buggsy Feat. Jehst & Farma G ‘Connect The Spdif’
Wymering Manor is a historic Grade II* listed building near Cosham in north Portsmouth first built in the 16th century with parts of the current building also contain medieval and roman materials. In January 2013 the council officially handed Wymering Manor over to the Wymering Manor Trust and since then the Trust have worked quickly in their efforts to not only bring Portsmouth’s oldest house back to it’s past glory but also make it an open, welcoming community space for local people.
The Wymering Manor Trust “Mind Your Manor” project aims to renovate and refurbish this historic Portsmouth building’s music room, kitchen and chapel areas to be used as a community hub for local events and activities as well as a learning centre for training and volunteering opportunities. The trust could receive up to £50,000 from the People’s Millions to make this happen, BUT, they need votes TODAY!
Between 9am and midnight today simply call 0871 626 8871 and vote for Wymering Manor Trust to win the £50,000 they need to bring the house back to public use. It is as simple as that. PLUS you can vote up to 10 times. Once you have voted then share that telephone number on Facebook and Twitter to all your friends and let them know they too can take an active role in both ensuring this historic building is kept for future generations and the local community have an exciting, new resource available.
Also today a short film about “Mind Your Manor” will be broadcast on Meridian News highlighting in detail all that the trust aim to achieve for both the Manor and the local community. Everything from essential repairs to make the Manor safe for community use and providing disabled access to the Victorian Wing to the provision of gardening equipment for our volunteer gardeners, and computer equipment for training programmes.
HERE is the link to the trust’s project page on The People’s Millions website for more information and for you to register if you wish and comment on the project.
To find out more about Wymering Manor check their Website, Facebook or Twitter.
This Friday 29th November sees the opening of ‘Precious Things’ a collaboration between Kendal James and the Caravan Gallery. I caught up with Kendal to find out more about the exhibition.
How did your collaboration with the Caravan gallery come about?
It all came about quite naturally through friendship and drinking tea. Jan and Chris’s home is full of treasures that they’ve sourced themselves or been given by enthusiastic friends. Friends of theirs can’t help but gift them with interesting, confusing and out-there characters. I’m quite the ‘item seeker’ myself and fell in love with their hordes of Precious Things.
What was the most intriguing object you came across?
The one that first caught my eye (my favourite) is a startling, faded plastic pink cat, with 4 green wheels for feet and a blue string from its front – a classic child’s pull-toy, of course. Although, there’s none more intriguing than a hard, plastic, corn on the cob, painted in yellow and green and adorned with an old elastic band around the middle. Nobody would believe me if I said what’s inside, so, I’ll save that big reveal for the show…
Was it hard to choose what to include in the exhibition?
Not at all, there’s honestly been so much to choose from. My only limits were: what I could carry and, what I could reach without causing an avalanche (albeit, a small one) of other treasures.
Do you think the line between art and craft is a thin one and how do you feel about the art worlds sometimes perceived snobbery toward makers and crafters?
For most of my life, I’ve always been puzzled by the word ‘Art’, there were times when I’d confused myself into thinking that everything I saw was art. Which, in many ways I still believe is true.
I think it’s interesting that categories like Art and Craft form such divisions as they do, especially considering the amount of crossovers.
I would say that perhaps some artists may be upset when a craftsperson makes and sells so many items and designs in shops, making regular profits from reproducing designs. And maybe some craftspeople desire to spend more time on singular items but can’t afford to work in such away. Perhaps any snobbery comes from desires to be a little more like the other, in some way. Who knows?
If someone falls in love with something I’ve created, they can call it what they like, I just hope that it’s adored.
This does sometimes make it hard for me to find a professional identity for myself but that’s not always important.
Are you a collector?
In the past I’ve been a collector. There is a lot of satisfaction in collecting.
I love computer games, especially old pixelated RPG’s (role playing games) of which I still have a neat little collection. I’ve always loved bright, colourful toys and, as soon as I had access to eBay, I rediscovered my love of Barbie dolls.
And, I can never help but pick up odd bits of plastic, metal and cardboard that would one day become a great, and as yet unknown, item or artwork – if time would only allow.
Nowadays, due to moving around a lot, my collecting habits are much more controlled. I keep many sketch books where I doodle simple and extravagant things I see.
I’ve loved having The Caravan Gallery’s treasures in my home, it’s been a great chance to feel like a true collector all over again and the result reflects my personality perfectly. The title is Precious Things but I can’t help but want to describe it as ‘A whole load of toys and things’.
Any plans to exhibit the show in another location?
Everyone is very excited about the show, and there has been some discussion. Watch this space…
What’s next/any plans in the pipeline?
I’m striving towards fulltime art/design, where I can immerse myself in creativity.
Exploring an artist’s hoard of junk and treasure
Kendal James in collaboration with The Caravan Gallery
Exhibition runs: 27th November – 1st December
Preview: Friday 29th November, 6-8pm
Also open: Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December, 12-4pm
All other times by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, 27 Brougham Road, Southsea, Hants. PO5 4PA
Don’t forget, next Friday sees the Southsea Movember Spectacular II at The Wedgewood Rooms, 8pm to 2pm with tickets only £5 and all money to an incredibly important cause. Tickets are still up for sale, get involved, just like Frank Turner in today’s mo-photo.
Did you know Kassassin Street are now on the lineup? Find out all about the event, the charity and where to get tickets on the Facebook event page.
Southsea Coffee Co. in Osborne Road will be holding a one day only pop-up Christmas gift shop on the 15th December. Items for sale will be art and crafts created by local artists, designers, etc. If you are looking for something a bit special and unique for a Christmas gift this will be worth checking out.
Find out more about the event on it’s Facebook event page.
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
Oxjam is a nationwide local music festival that raises money in aid of Oxfam to help fight poverty internationally.
On 24th November you can help support the cause and enjoy a range of acoustic performances at The Fat Fox. Performers include Claire and the Uke, Marley Blandford, Zoe Sutherland, Tom Bertram, Sophie Darling and Aiden and The Ol’ Boys.
Doors open at 3:30pm until 6:30pm with tickets at £3 and all proceeds will go to Oxfam.
There will be an after party at The Registry from 7:30pm where a selection of rock bands will perform including Lawless Nation a heavy alternative band. Entry is £2 with half of the proceeds going to Oxfam.
Strong Island launched their 2014 calendar on 13th November and to celebrate held an exhibition, in partnership with Southsea Gallery, on Thursday 14th November at The Wine Vaults, Southsea. The evening was busy from the outset. People came from around Southsea to enjoy a social evening out on Albert Road as well as view the photography.
The exhibition included work from the 2014 calendar as well as from the previous year. Stuart Barker, a contributor to Strong Island who collected the images together and has been the main figure behind the project, explains that he and the team have been overwhelmed with the contributions from professional to amateur photographers.
The atmosphere was friendly and inviting with the pictures hanging up along the wall for people to view, including the artists themselves who could admire their own work in a sense of achievement of having their photography chosen, out of the hundreds.
This project is a relatively new development for Strong Island, with the 2014 calendar being only the second one published. This makes the turnout and enthusiasm surrounding it at the exhibition even more impressive. During the busiest point it was difficult for everyone to try and get a good look at the amazing photography on display.
The photography is all by local artists, as part of Strong Island’s original plan to keep their audience up to date with all the culture in Southsea area. All the photography is incredible but Stuart explains that Instagram pictures were used for the calendar this year and points them as something he’s especially pleased with.
According to Tristan Savage, Co-Founder and Professional Creative for Strong Island, 150 copies of the calendar were made last year and they sold out in just three weeks. This resulted in the decision for 300 copies to be made this year – they are also available in more places this year; as well as being sold on the Strong Island website (to order) and at Southsea Gallery, Albert Road they’re also available at Lou Lou’s, Marmion Road.
Due to having more copies made this year it has allowed Strong Island to support not only one charity, like last year, but two. There will be £2 from the £10 price going to both Alzheimer’s Society and Feel Yourself Campaign. This is, of course, another excellent reason to support the Strong Island calendar. The Alzheimer’s Society was the society also supported last year and the Feel Yourself Campaign was chosen for this year because both charities are for reasons close-to-heart for members of Strong Island. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with no cure, it just gradually worsens over time. Alzheimer’s Society offers research and support in the hope of providing a better quality of life for people suffering with dementia.
Feel Yourself campaign is all about spotting the symptoms early in an attempt to prevent cancer. Stuart says, “If we can help Feel Yourself Campaign encourage awareness to spot the symptoms early then we might play a small part in potentially saving a life. Thats pretty awesome!”
You can find out more about guest writer Becki Partridge on her blog HERE, as well as following her on Twitter @BeckiPartridge.
Here are some photo’s from the opening night taken by friend of Strong Island Josh Knill.
Comedy actor Kevin Eldon is backing Portsmouth’s Movember event the Southsea Movember Spectacular II, happening on Friday 29th November at The Wedgewood Rooms.
Since its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement, inspiring more than 3 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters to participate across 21 countries and thousands of cities worldwide, with Portsmouth being Mo exception (see what we did there?!). Last year, in addition to thousands of individual Pompey sponsored Mo growing efforts, a handful of local patrons and independent Portsmouth businesses, made up of Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl, Strong Island, Head Barbers of Albert Rd and Munroe Effect vocalist Daniel Sutton-Johanson, banded together and raised a glorious £1800 in one wild party at Little Johnny Russell’s, contributing to the 2012 international grand total of £92 Million Pounds.
This year, determined to break the £2K target, they’ve expanded their brotherhood and partnered up with The Wedgewood Rooms & U.K Flyers to lay on an even Bigger Movember Spectacular. Tickets are just £5 and all proceeds go towards The Movember Foundation. In addition, Southsea’s Mo Collective, are proud to have joined forces with the handsome team behind Hipshaker and the sinful dance-floor mavericks of It’s a Sin, comprising of The News Awards 2013 very own ‘DJ of the Year’ DJ Lemon and his 2012 winning comrade, DJ Spiky Mark, to form an exclusive and one night only musical love child – SINSHAKER Clubnight! The night will also play host to Champagne Justice DJs and a super line-up of live music including:
The Day of The Rabblement
and…Portsmouth’s very own Kassassin Street have now also been added to the bill too.
Not only that, but as Official Movember Rated Barbers, HEAD Barbers, will be providing 5 Star, Mo Your Own Way, traditional Mo cuts throughout the night, for any brave bearded patrons wishing to join the cause for donations. A Pie & Vinyl and Strong Island Market Stall will be selling vinyl and Southsea apparel, donating a % of takings to the total. Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl will also be selling Moustache Wax throughout November, and donation boxes will be in many Southsea shops and retailers, all doing their bit!
Doors open at 8pm and the party runs into the early hours, in the hands of Sinshaker DJs, until 2am.
HOW TO DONATE:
- Go To www.uk.movember.com
- Search for the team “Southsea Mighty Mo Collective” or – Use Team URL www.uk.movember.com/team/1022185
HOW TO BUY A TICKET:
Tickets are £5 and are on sale at Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl, HEAD Barbers, Strong Island,
The Wedgewood Rooms Online or Box Office 023 9286 3911 and from all performers, bands and DJ’s.
Keep up to date on the event too on the Facebook Event.
Local artist James Waterfield follows up his recent Lawn of the Dead display with a joint exhibition with close friend Steve Pannell. The exhibition will is at the Kings Theatre Exhibition space at 28 Albert Road from today until 2nd December.
The exhibition is influenced by their time travelling the far east countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The pictures try to capture the feelings of peace and tranquility experienced in those places.
As you can see from the images below the details and the colours in the paintings are quite striking.
The Creator’s Market are holding a Christmas Craft Fair tomorrow from 10am to 5pm at John Pounds Centre in Portsea. There will be arts and crafts stalls, live music and food & drink too and looks like a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas presents that will be something a bit special.
Find out more at their Facebook page:
It’s Friday lunchtime and we have a new Strong Island Sounds podcast episode and Charlie is back with episode 7 of Longlive Radio. The show’s theme this week, is the Hammond B3 organ, and songs that use it up front in the mix. There’s another tune with a Carole Kaye bassline and a tribute to the late and very very great Lou Reed. Plus tunes from The Bees, Augustus Pablo and Handsome Boy Modelling School.
You can download the podcast via iTunes or listen online by clicking below. It is taking a little while for iTunes to refresh with the new episode but if you subscribe to the podcast with iTunes you’ll automatically download the latest episode as soon as they are released. We only keep 3-4 episodes up at a time so be sure to download them if you want to listen to older episodes in the future.
Check the Strong Island Sounds section of the homepage just under the comments, we have the latest episode on there at all times and will be soon adding a new section to the website with previous issues, etc.
Aimed squarely at the creative sectors of Portsmouth, November 18th – 21st will see The Art of Business; 4 days of best practice, innovative talks and workshops aimed at inspiring and developing those taking their first steps in business in a world where technology and economic recession has created challenges and opportunities. The 4 days are for artists and creative people working in Portsmouth and South East Hants.
The Art of Business will cover 4 themes over the 4 days:
Writing – The Business of Writing. Monday 18th November at Aspex Gallery from 6.00pm
Finance – Where’s the Money? Tuesday 19th at Aspex Gallery from 10.30am
Technology – Creative with Technology. Wednesday 20th at Portsmouth Guildhall from 2.30pm
Marketing – Standing out from the Crowd. Thursday 21st at Solent Innovation from 6.15pm
Confirmed Speakers and Workshop Leaders for the 4 days are:
Writing: Sean Tyler, an award winning Hampshire-based playwright, who has had multiple plays performed in New York. Tom Sykes is an acclaimed author of an Observer Travel book of the Month. Sean will address overseas commissions and Tom will be speaking about his experiences of travel journalism and creative nonfiction, both online and off, as well as how to find writing opportunities abroad. There will also be Helen Wallen, local, professional copywriter whose recent blog site has been nominated for several awards. Sarah Cheverton of Portsmouth Writers Hub will be compering the event.
Finance: Henrietta Norton, Creative Producer who uses art as a tool to encourage insight and conversation. In 2011 she co-founded We Did This, a crowd funding platform.
Technology: Dan Thompson, artist and writer based on the South Coast. Founder and director of Revolutionary Arts and author of Pop up Business for Dummies. In 2012, he was included in the Time Out and Hospital Club’s Culture 100; a list of the most inspiring and influential people in the UK’s creative industries.
Marketing: Dave Giles, Independent Music artist and promoter. Dave has created inspirational events with his ‘Living Room’ and ‘Upload’ tours with artists better known on YouTube than other mediums. There will also be panel comprised of people working locally in the creative sector that will discuss how technology has influenced their businesses. The panel will consist of; Steve Courtnell of Pie and Vinyl, Sammie Venn of Furie Belle (jewellery and accessories), Lynne Dick (Director of Making Space, a craft development organisation based in Havant) and will be chaired by Carl Leroy–Smith, Architect and Chair of Portsmouth City Image Group.
To book tickets for all these events and for more information, please go to www.entrepreunite.eventbrite.co.uk
The 4 days are part of a global initiative, Global Entrepreneurs Week (18th-24th November 2013) which is taking place in 115 countries since its inception in 2004. Portsmouth has responded by hosting the first ever Entrepreneurs Unite week.
Solent Innovation supported by Portsmouth City Council, Shaping the Future, University of Portsmouth, Parity Trust and UK Business Angels are all partners. There are a wide number of events confirmed for the week with a Business Awards event, Start Up event, Silicon Island Business Angels Conference, Raspberry Pi sponsored event, Pitch and Win, and Schools and Colleges throughout the Region are putting on a whole series of events during this week.
Find out more about Entrepreneurs Unite at:
Russell Oastler’s documentary about the Southsea seafront ‘The Last Resort’ is being screened on national TV this coming weekend. It will be on The Community Channel as part of their ‘Postcards’ series at 8:00pm on Saturday 16th November.
The Last Resort is a documentary short that gives a voice to people who feel that they are at the sharp end of modern Britain. We meet life-long residents and attraction owners who battle against the erosion of Britain’s traditions in a community staring into an economic abyss. The Last Resort reflects on individuals and communities attempting to hold back the tide.
The Community Channel can be found on…
Freeview / BT Vision – Channel 87
SKY – Channel 593
Virgin Media – Channel 233
Or you can watch it here…
The Last Resort from Igloo Films on Vimeo.
You will no doubt be aware that new tourist information signs have been in the process of being rolled out around the city for some time. The panels in the floor with their ‘coming soon’ like slots at the designated locations have caused some controversy but the new signs now reside in these slots and really catch the eye.
This particular sign on the prom by The Pyramid Centre was put in before the Great South Run and contains a great map, with walkable distances shown, places of interest and more. The signs also utilise QR codes on their side for quick access to website and mobile information for visitors too. As always, there will be conversations about costs in these economic times but do they do the job and are they well designed? Let us know what you think as a comment here or on our Facebook page and Twitter. We’ll add some comments to this article later today.
(Please excuse the clarity of the images, they are mobilephone photos).
Wymering Manor is a historic Grade II* listed building near Cosham in north Portsmouth which was mentioned in the in the Domesday Book and there are parts of the current building which contain medieval and roman materials. The manor’s first recorded occupant was William Mauduit, who probably came across with the invasion of 1066 from his Normandy home. The majority of the current building is 16th century in construction. Spread over three floors, it consists of several dining and sitting rooms and a large music room/salon and impressive front hall on the ground floor.
Wymering Manor is linked with St Peter & St Paul Church and churchyard, which is the last resting place for Jane Austen’s brother, Vice Admiral Sir Francis Austen, and his family. There have been many and well-documented owners of the manor including kings, nobles, clerics and artists, and reportedly a large number of ghosts. Latterly the manor passed into the ownership of Portsmouth City Council, which leased it to the Youth Hostel Association. In January 2013 the council officially handed Wymering Manor over to the Wymering Manor Trust.
The Wymering Manor Trust “Mind Your Manor” project aims to renovate and refurbish this historic Portsmouth building’s music room, kitchen and chapel areas to be used as a community hub for local events and activities as well as a learning centre for training and volunteering opportunities. The trust could receive up to £50,000 to make this happen, BUT, they need votes!
To vote for Wymering Manor you will need to check their Website, Facebook or Twitter pages on Tuesday November 26th to get the phone number to place your vote, the number will only be given to them on the 26th and the lines to place your vote will only be open between 9am and midnight. Like the WMT’s Facebook and follow their Twitter to be kept up to date for the 26th and we will re-post this article as a reminder on the day.
Also on Tuesday 26th a short film about “Mind Your Manor” will be broadcast on Meridian News highlighting in detail all that the trust aim to achieve for both the Manor and the local community. Everything from essential repairs to make the Manor safe for community use and providing disabled access to the Victorian Wing to the provision of gardening equipment for our volunteer gardeners, and computer equipment for training programmes.
The trust need as many votes as possible to be in with a chance to win an award and you can call up to 10 times to vote for them. THis is a huge opportunity for the building to come back in to regular use and become sustainable.
HERE is the link to the trust’s project page on The People’s Millions website for more information and for you to register if you wish and comment on the project.
Find out more about what the Wymering Manor Trust are doing on their website:
Saturday 16th November and 7th December sees Snoopers Market returning to Trinity Church Hall on Albert Road from 1.30 – 5.00pm. The opportunity to shop from local markets like these is a fantastic way to support makers, artists, designers and small businesses. There is something special about buying an item that has been made by someone who lives in your area. It ticks many ethical boxes and contributes to your local economy and it actually makes you happier (that’s just a guess but I think it does). The same goes for buying vintage, repurposing something, breathing new life and love into clothing and objects.
There will be many wonderful stall holders, check out a small selection below.
Ooh la Lapin
Earth Wool and Fire
Rainbow Rachels Face Painting
Flo & Stan
RDTM aka Toby Lawrence is an eighteen year old electronic dance music producer. He is quickly making a name for himself with remixes such as Seven Lions’ Days to Come generating a lot of interest on BeatPort.
His latest release ‘Relapse EP’ is available on the Bandcamp page for a name your price donation. The nine track release features ‘Fall Hard’ with vocals talented local singer songwriter Eloise Keating. Awesome fact for you, Great British Olympic Diver Chris Mears co-produced the track ‘March Forward’.
This year he has been quite active playing shows at Delight in The Astoria and Drift Bar. The next live show that will be on December 22nd at The Registry followed by New Years Eve at the same venue.
You can stay up to date with RDTM on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.
Photo by James Bridle
Photo by Megan Hadley Hill
On Thursday the 21st of November, the South Parade Trust would like to extend an invitation to everybody who has an interest in saving Hampshire’s last remaining Victorian pier, to join them on their official launch party at The Royal Beach Hotel. What better location to hold an evening of live music, charity raffle and exhibits? The entry to this event is free and begins at 7:30pm, naturally a bar service will be available. This is a great opportunity to meet the team behind the bid to save our pier and discuss ideas or memories. Don’t forget that you can also follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
Warning, this article has nothing directly to do with Portsmouth…what it does directly have to do with is the changing perceptions of value of culture and also a grass roots movement in London to try and save the Undercroft, what many people may know as the part of Southbank populated by skateboarders for over 40 years.
In the last year the Southbank Centre have published, without any consultation with the users of the space, plans to redevelop the Undercroft in to retail units (shops & restaurants). The space has been the unofficial home to British skateboarding for decades and is thought to be the oldest skate spot in the world that still has continued use. Generations of young and old people have used the space for creative expression n a variety of different ways and these people are now trying to engage with the SBC in trying to save the space and it’s legacy. The SBC want to make a new skatepark further down the river and are not engaging with Long Live Southbank in any positive way, instead they have put their PR machine in to high gear and seeming wilfully ignoring the organic, historic hotbed of youth culture happening right under their noses.
Long Live Southbank is made up of a wide range of young, creative people who are now politically engaged with a successful campaign to register planning opposition to the plans with the council, which in this climate of apathy is something special all by itself. Beyond that, it is the very users of the space that are utilising their creativity in music, photography, poetry and film to help raise awareness, with this new short film the culmination of this hard work. The film aims to make clear the issues at hand and also to help raise awareness of the current situation.
The watching of this short film is absolutely recommended, not only does it shine a spotlight on some critical issues that effect the arts and culture in the UK right now but it is also a story of people coming together, representing their own community and aiming to take on large, heavily funded institutions trying to prescribe what is art & culture to the wider population.
If you want to find out more visit: www.llsb.com