There are now just over three weeks to go until this year’s eagerly-anticipated We Can Do It awards night at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
The event, which starts at 3pm on Sunday November 2, is the culmination of our year-long coverage of kind-hearted groups, businesses and individuals who have carried out amazing work in their communities.
On the first Friday of every month, we’ve featured nominations of people and organisations going above and beyond to achieve and help others.
We’ve put them into 10 different categories that highlight the very best of community spirit.
The shortlist of six for each of the categories – Personal Achievement, Best Art/Community Project, Best Business, Spirit of Youth, Best Volunteer, Best School, Best Garden, Care of the Environment, Best Street and Service With A Smile – has already been drawn up.
We’re delighted that once again we have Wave 105 presenter Steve Power as compere.
He says: ‘The show is going to be brilliant. The awards are a great way to recognise unsung heroes in the community and Wave 105 is privileged to be part of the event.’
He adds: ‘There is also some great entertainment lined up, so the whole event should be fantastic.’
Pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School will be performing an extract from Kiss Me, Kate and our Instant Star 2014 talent contest winner Lucy Simmonds (see page three), will also be on stage.
Dancers from the Boyle O’Dowda Academy of Irish Dance complete the entertainment line-up.
The awards ceremony is being sponsored by Colas and all those who are shortlisted, plus friends and family, are invited to attend.
Free tickets are also available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve yours, call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pupils to grace the stage again
Performing once again at the We Can Do It awards ceremony will be pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School.
Last year, students graced the stage with an extract from their production of Mack and Mabel (pictured above).
This year they will be back to perform an extract from Kiss Me, Kate.
Sally Filho, director of drama at the school, says: ‘I am delighted that Year 13 pupil Emma Read and Year 11 pupils Rory Greenwood and Robert Merriam will be performing a sneak preview from our upcoming musical Kiss Me, Kate.
‘This wonderful Cole Porter creation, which deservedly won the first Tony Award for Best Musical, is on at the Kings Theatre from November 27-29.’
She adds: ‘Emma will be regaling us with the title character’s declaration I Hate Men, whilst the gentlemen portray two Chicago gangsters reminding everyone to Brush Up Your Shakespeare.’
‘The pupils are very excited about this indeed. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of the We Can Do It Awards.’
Dave Waterman from Gosport
Roy Smithard from Portsmouth
Stephen Ayling from Portsmouth
Danny Glavin from Portsmouth
Simon Bennett from Portsmouth
Theresa Light from Gosport
Morrisons in Horndean
Ideal Window Solutions in Fareham
White Hart Pub in Gosport
Luvvit Want It in Bishop’s Waltham
Coffin Mew in Portsmouth
Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth
BEST ART/COMMUNITY PROJECT
Clanfield Parish Institute
Maddie Wallace from Portsmouth
Henry Cort School in Fareham
Big World Impact in Havant
Jennifer Burbridge from Portsmouth
Bay House School in Gosport
SPIRIT OF YOUTH
Ethan Riou from Waterlooville
Sophie Mortimore from Lee-on-the-Solent
Callum and Liam Robinson from Gosport
Kiran Merrick from Denmead
Ryan Armstrong from Portsmouth
Alex Hannard from Fareham
Malcolm Garbutt from Havant
Ron Jacobs from Portsmouth
Chris Davage from Cowplain
Nanette Crickmore from Portsmouth
Dennis Meadus from Fareham
Harry Budden from Gosport
CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Flame Youth Group in Fareham
Clare Seek from Portsmouth
Big Green Leaf Project in Portsmouth
One Stop in Waterlooville
Chantelle Barry from Portsmouth
Landport and Somers Town Park
Denmead Infant School
St Alban’s Primary School in Havant
Ranvilles Infant School in Fareham
Alverstoke Infant School in Gosport
Solent Infant School in Portsmouth
St John the Baptist Primary School in Titchfield
Castle Road in Portsmouth
Allens Road in Portsmouth
Fleet End Road in Fareham
Rona Place in Gosport
Wicor Primary School in Fareham
Boundary Oak School in Fareham
Fareham Borough Council
Ranvilles Infant School in Fareham
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
St Leonard’s Rest Home in Hayling Island
Southsea Coffee Company
Kasia Urban from Fareham
Jeannette Luczkowski from Waterlooville
The Woodpecker Pub in Waterlooville
Sue Ryder in Gosport