Get set for night of celebration at historic theatre

Our Instant Star talent contest winner Jerry Williams. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132936-720)
Our Instant Star talent contest winner Jerry Williams. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132936-720)

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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.



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


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

Horndean garden

A wildlife garden at Staunton Country Park


Dennis Meadus, of Fareham

Staff at Marks and Spencer in Fareham

Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School

St Johns College in Southsea

HMS Collingwood

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


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

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