Probation worker in running for big award

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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

Four arrested after police crackdown in Commercial Road

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A PROBATION worker who helps criminals with a military background is a finalist for a national award.

Veteran Peer Mentor scheme co-ordinator Jed Stone is a finalist in the National Probation Awards in the Innovation category.

The scheme works with, SSAFA, the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress.

Jed said: ‘Being a National Probation Award finalist is fantastic recognition of the scheme and the efforts of the team of volunteer veteran peer mentors who work hard applying their specific knowledge, empathy and armed forces service experience to help ex-service personnel who commit offences, many related to the challenges of adjusting to civilian life.

‘We’ve helped ex-services personnel to access support to deal with many issues such as mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, social integration, financial advice, accommodation, employment and transition to civilian life.’

He works for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.