Making Us Proud

Making Us Proud

Dance star Lydia is now ‘on the cusp’ of her big break

DANCING is not just a hobby for Lydia Mackett – it’s in her blood.


RICK JACKSON: The patriotism inspired by HMS Queen Elizabeth is wonderful

Truly magnificent.

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Rev Sean is passionate about reading

Making the most of books

WHETHER you’re on holiday abroad or holidaying at home, reading is an ideal way to pass the time, relax, and soak up the sun.

Stuart Reed was moved by the tremendous performance of Andre Rieu

A classical tour-de-force with a rock and roll twist

IF you’re a purist classical music fan who likes orchestras solemn-faced, dressed in funereal black, playing obscure works, then maybe you should skip this column altogether.

Just like the Passion Play, in 2015, Jesus in the Park will be performed for free in Havant Park

Watch the show-stopping story of Jesus

IT is said that a picture paints a thousand words, and the power of drama can bring a story to life.

Canon Draper says he needs to be disciplined to find time for all his duties

We must give God a chance to speak to us

WE all live busy lives.

The Rev Jane Isaac and her husband David light candles Picture: Peter Langdown

Duck races, fetes and cream teas

AT a special service back in May, I was licensed by the Bishop of Portsmouth to be the vicar of Wickham and Shedfield.

Alan Mak MP at the New Lane Cemetery with the Friends of Havant Cemeteries

MP says volunteer groups are community’s lifeblood

GROUPS of hard-working and dedicated volunteers often do jobs quietly behind the scenes. But the impact is huge.

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Sir Richard Branson at the Hayling Kitesurfing Armada  he is famously dyslexic

Dyslexia can be very isolating – but it can be overcome

FROM my time, I distinctly remember those children at school who really struggled with reading.

Catherine Burt, front left, with at Yellowstone Park, in America, with fellow members of the Creative Missions team

The mission that’s making a difference in Montana

A FORMER journalist has spoken of her joy at taking part in a Christian mission in America.

Lynette Meredith from Work Out Your Money

Teaching youngsters the importance of saving cash

HAVANT Academy school held their money week in the summer term with the help of the Work Out Your Money Team from Citizens Advice Havant.

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Victoria Jetty, in Old Portsmouth, by Timothy O'Gorman

Distorted images of famous landmarks make for great art

Artist Timothy O’Gorman has taken photographs of some of Portsmouth and Southsea’s best-loved vistas and landmarks and got creative with them.

Alan Mak MP at South Downs College meeting youngsters taking part in the National Citizens Service

National Citizens Service boosts skills

IF YOU hear anyone saying ‘There’s nothing for kids to do’ tell them about the government-backed National Citizens Service (NCS) scheme.

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Bishop Christopher urges people to shake vicars hands

For the clergy, comforting people is in their DNA

I WONDER what you think when you see a vicar walking around your neighbourhood?

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Teresa Greenwood's beautiful Fareham front garden

Some marvellous gardens that didn’t quite make it

The News’ gardening guru Brian Kidd was overwhelmed with fantastic entries to this year’s Blooming Marvellous competition.

Homes and Gardens
The US softball team from USS George HW Bush following a game with Solent Softball League players

Picture by Vernon Nash

Sailors from supercarrier USS George HW Bush take on the Brits at softball

Sailors from the awesome American aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush came ashore to play against players from the Solent Softball League on the Royal Navy playing fields opposite Clarence Pier in Southsea.

Alan Mak at the Hampshire Constabulary Training Centre with PCC Michael Lane

Police use the very latest technology to keep us safe

OUR anti-terrorism police have been in the spotlight since the barbaric Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge attacks.

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Brian has been fending off an attack on his Brussels sprouts plants by flea beetle

BRIAN KIDD: How about a show of colour this autumn with amaryllis?

My Brussels sprouts plants have been watered every evening to keep them growing but as usual there is a pest which attacks them.

Homes and Gardens
Dylan Kelson, above, and Joseph Grout, below, let rip on stage

Youngsters prove their ‘metal’ with rock concert

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Biffy Clyro and Oasis, more than 50 music students took to the stage of the Wedgewood Rooms for the performance of their lives.

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Rev Sean Blackman says laughter is good for the body and soul

Having a laugh is a serious matter

Every year, thousands converge on Edinburgh for the celebrated festival’s comedy line-up.

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