Getting ready to put on a show thanks to help from theatre group

ACTORS Pupils from City Girls School rehearsing their performance for the Festival of Christmas. Picture: Steve Reid (123680-758)

ACTORS Pupils from City Girls School rehearsing their performance for the Festival of Christmas. Picture: Steve Reid (123680-758)

gosport 50-mile charity walk

50-mile charity walk launched in Gosport mums memory

Pictured: Helen Bulbeck from Brainstrust is pictured at Trinity Landing, Isle of Wight, with Jon Jones and his children, 14-year-old Adrienne and 12-year-old Isaac.

The family of a Gosport woman who died of a brain tumour in 2016 have helped the Isle of Wight-based charity she supported to launch a two-day, 50-mile fundraising walk around the island.


Jon Jones, his 14-year-old daughter Adrienne and 12-year-old son Isaac, from Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, joined Helen Bulbeck, co-founder and director of services at brainstrust, to launch the charitys third Follow the Seagulls two-day walk, which starts on 1 April and will cover a 50-mile route around the Isle of Wight.


Mum Jo Jones, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010, took part in the 2016 Follow the Seagulls walk. She died last summer.


Adrienne Jones said: "Mum really enjoyed the walk. It was a challenge for all of us, but it felt good afterwards. I w

Family launch walk in memory of mum

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Our girls have been so lucky recently because they have been working with the Groundlings Theatre Company.

The Year 7 pupils will be performing some snippets from Annie at the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, which takes place at the end of the month.

Staff have come in and worked with the students.

It’s been good for the girls because it’s not just about the drama.

They have been using their voices and singing as well as acting.

They have only just joined the school so it’s nice to be able to give them this project to do because they have started to grow in confidence.

They are doing things that they weren’t expecting to do in Year 7. Lots of them haven’t performed to an audience before so are nervous about it.

But they have responded in a very mature way.

The girls are excited. They are always asking questions and just can’t wait for it now. A lot of them haven’t done drama outside of school.

It’s helped with friendship building and they are more accepting to each other.

There have even been a couple of girls who have asked me about Groundlings who might want to join for an after school club.

It’s gone well and everyone is looking forward to performing at the dockyard. It’s not long to go now.

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