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LETTER OF THE DAY: Housing - more needs to be done

This week the chancellor will say that there isn’t much money for more housing, social care and the NHS.

Kirsty Craven with her five-month-old son Freddie at the house in Fisher Road, Bridgemary

Mum ‘devastated’ after council tells her to move out of family home

A HEARTBROKEN mother has been told that she must leave her home – after the deaths of both her parents.

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Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

Your chance to trace past family members on the web

Finding out about family history is something that has intrigued people for years.

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Archives at Portsmouth Central Library

Reporter Ellie Pilmoor finds out about her past at the Portsmouth History Centre online

FINDING out about my ancestors was not something I had ever considered doing, despite knowing they have lived in Portsmouth for generations.

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Fly-tipping is nationwide. Here's Penn Lane, Wibtoft, which was closed for five hours after a fly-tipping incident. Photo by Rugby Borough Council

LETTER OF THE DAY: It’s difficult - and expensive - to get rid of rubbish

I was very sad to read your headline last week about the increase in fly-tipping.

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Mike and Elaine Friend pictured on their wedding day

THIS WEEK IN 1992: Councillor’s wife’s act of desperation

Gosport council chief executive Mike Friend kept a low profile after revelations about his private life surfaced.

The Korean War memorial in South Korea

LETTER OF THE DAY: We Korean War vets are forgotten yet again

Each year I watch the Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall and the ceremony at the Cenotaph.

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Fort Nelson to fire 32-pounder as family highlight

ONE of the biggest guns at a historic fort will be fired as part of a highlight for guests later this month.

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Gill Steele with her son, Dylan, four, and Alexander, five, with husband Lee in a fire engine outside St John's Church, Gosport (171476-986)

Firefighters are the stars of the show at family fun day

Families of children with autism united for an afternoon of fun.

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Jack Betts, second from right, with partner Amie Phillips and their sons Joey, five, and Jack, 12

BIG READ: Young dad turns back on life of crime to become shipwright

From the age of 14, Jack Betts was mixing with a bad crowd and getting into trouble around the streets of Portsea.

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Terry Burgess and his wife Maureen with four of their own five children and the two boys with Down's Syndrome they adopted. Left to right, back, Joseph, eight, Andrew, 16, Leigh, 14. Front, Christopher, two, Abigail, four, and Charlie, six

THIS WEEK IN 1990: Happy ending for abandoned boys with Down’s Syndrome

Six-year-old Charlie Burgess and his brother Chrissie, two, were like chalk and cheese – but they had a lot in common.

Campaigners at the Oak Park site

LETTER OF THE DAY: Build now at Havant’s Oak Park site

In June I stood as an Independent candidate for the Havant constituency at the general election to draw attention to two major local issues.

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LETTER OF THE DAY: Invest in our children

I was proud to be part of a delegation of National Education Union members, teachers and parents from Portsmouth lobbying parliament on Tuesday, October 24 against the damaging cuts to school budgets that we are currently facing.

Claire Lomas approaches the finish line of the Great South Run after completing the 10-mile course in 24 hours using a robotic suit

LETTER OF THE DAY: Claire is a true inspiration

If anyone needed a kick up the pants they would have got it if they’d witnessed Claire Lomas finishing the Great South Run in her ‘Robotic Suit’.

THIS WEEK IN 1989: Farlington triplets go home in style

THIS WEEK IN 1989: Farlington triplets go home in style

Nine days, 100 nappies and 225 feeds after they were born, Farlington triplets purred home with their mum and dad in a white Rolls-Royce.


Reza is a foster carer and is encouraging other ethnic minority families to consider fostering                              Picture by Habibur Rahman

BIG READ: ‘Fostering brought us closer together as a family’

Becoming a foster carer is a huge decision.

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KIERAN HOWARD: There needs to be a uni degree course in parenting

KIERAN HOWARD: There needs to be a uni degree course in parenting

I used to think new parents needed nothing more than a simple manual to help survive those early years.

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LETTER OF THE DAY: An advert board ‘no-no’

LETTER OF THE DAY: An advert board ‘no-no’

The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2007 governs the display of advertising, with Class 3 of Schedule 3 of these regulations applying to estate agents for sale / sold / to let boards etc, which are affixed to relevant properties.

Transplant Games swimmer Nicole Mackenzie with her mum Julie and dad, David, who gave her one of his kidneys

REAL LIFE: I'm a winner thanks to Dad's kidney

When Nicole Mackenzie needed a kidney transplant at the age of just 11, her dad stepped in, giving her the gift of life.
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