There are just nine days to go now until this year’s eagerly-anticipated We Can Do It awards ceremony at the historic Kings Theatre in Southsea.
The event, which starts at 4pm on Sunday, November 17, is the culmination of our year-long coverage of kind-hearted groups, businesses and individuals who have carried out so much incredible work in our communities.
Without their efforts, some worthwhile charities may have struggled, people with problems might have carried on struggling and our local environment could have been far worse off.
On the first Friday of every month, we’ve featured some of the finest examples of residents and organisations going above and beyond the call of duty to serve others on our We Can Do It nomination pages.
We’ve put them into 10 different categories that are designed to 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.
They are all in the running to pick up awards at the special ceremony.
The event, which is in its 13th year, aims to celebrate all forms of community achievement.
We’re delighted that once again we have Wave 105 DJ Steve Power as compere.
There will be some fantastic entertainment too.
Pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School will act out an extract from their production of Mack & Mabel, and our Instant Star 2013 talent contest winner Jerry Williams, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Milton, Portsmouth, will also perform.
Jerry, who played on the main stage at the Victorious Festival, inside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer, says she hopes to play some of her own material.
‘It’s going to be great being a part of something like this,’ she says.
‘I’m really excited about performing.’
Members of Portsmouth Ukulele Jam will also entertain the audience.
The awards ceremony is being kindly sponsored by The Southern Co-operative.
All those who are shortlisted, plus friends and family, are being invited to attend the evening.
But free tickets are available to the public strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve yours, call the Kings Theatre box office right away on (023) 9282 8282.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE...
SPIRIT OF YOUTH
Bailey Blackwell, of Cavendish Close, Waterlooville
Judah Hurr, of Chelsea Road, Southsea
Tyler Hallawell, of Shawford Grove, Leigh Park
Jess Arnold, of The Glebe, Stubbington
1st Bedhampton Boys’ Brigade, which meets at Bedhampton Methodist Church
Martin Price, for work he did at Charter Academy
BEST ART/COMMUNITY PROJECT
My Dog Sighs
The Stokes Bay Strummers
The Albert Road Trail
St Thomas’ Catholic Church’s mural for the Emsworth Arts Trail.
Gosport community groups for creating a scarf to go around the conning tower of HMS Alliance
Southsea Seaside Yarnscape
The Tenth Hole Tearooms in Southsea
The Gosport Business Centre
Pizza House restaurant in Hilsea,
HSBC bank branches in Portsmouth
Sainsbury’s and B&Q in Fareham
The Festing pub in Southsea,
Sally Davison of Milton,
Lilly Da Gama of Fratton
Claire Cross and Lisa McEwen
Scott McLachlan of Southsea
Bethanie Hill of Gosport
Sainsbury’s Farlington worker Sandra Paliotta
Eric Compton of Wymering
Ken Charman of Titchfield
Helen Crichton of Southsea
Barbara Perry of Waltham Chase,
Norman Young of Gosport
Bay House School, in Alverstoke
Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville
The Little People’s Nursery in Drayton
Portsmouth Grammar School
Horndean Technology College
Crofton Hammond Junior School
Haslar Memorial Garden
Southsea Greenhouse co-operative
Garden at The Portchester Day Centre
Purbrook Junior School
A wildlife garden at Staunton Country Park
CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Dennis Meadus, of Fareham
Staff at Marks and Spencer in Fareham
Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School
St Johns College in Southsea
McDonald’s branches across Portsmouth area
Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove
the ‘Lockswood Super Six’
Ditcham Crescent, Leigh Park
Tracy Norris, of Gains Road, Southsea
South Road, Drayton
A Good Neighbours group serving Waterlooville and Purbrook
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
Cafe Imbizo, part of Fareham Community Church
Matthew Best, founder of the Driving Project
Donna Wyatt, of Admiral Care Homes
The Fareham Town Old People’s Welfare Committee
Amber Leigh Mitchell, the principal of Abstract Dance & Performing Arts
Portsmouth Area Talking News