Great strides in art

Sailors from a Portsmouth Royal Navy minehunter crew have rowed 805 miles - to Disneyland Paris and back - in 48 hours to raise money for their shipmates son who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The personnel of Mine Countermeasure Squadron - Crew 2 held a 48 hour rowathon in aid of 9 year old Ethan John, son of Able Seaman (MineWarfare) Craig John.

Kind Portsmouth sailors’ row helps boy battling cancer

A GRAPHIC designer turned professional artist has won an art prize.

Heather Kruk, from Hayling Island, won the Stride Open Art Competition for her painting, The Gleaners 2.

The piece wowed judges and she was rewarded with a 250 prize an exhibition at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, in Chichester, in 2011.

Miss Kruk is a tutor at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, Havant, and paints in the studio at her seaside home.

The prize was awarded by Councillor Michael Woolley, the Mayor of Chichester, and the judges were Tim Sandys-Renton a senior lecturer in fine art at the University of Chichester and watercolourist Bridget Woods.