Project to focus on history of Portchester

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IF YOU have fond memories of life in Portchester, then a community project wants to hear them.

Portchester Community Association is launching a project called ‘Portchester Remembered’ looking at what life was like in the town from 1938 until 1948.

The prelaunch event of the Portchester Remembered 1938-48 project with Fareham MP Suella Fernandes paying a visit to the Portchester Hub ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150826-2109)

The prelaunch event of the Portchester Remembered 1938-48 project with Fareham MP Suella Fernandes paying a visit to the Portchester Hub ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150826-2109)

Residents, association members and Fareham MP Suella Fernandes gathered at the association in Portchester Precinct yesterday to prepare for the launch, which takes place the week after next.

Kate Tame, chairwoman of the Portchester Remembered group, said: ‘The main reason is to record memories of local residents so that these are captured and kept for future generations as reference material, but so we can also use the material with memory loss patients.

‘It will be tremendous fun gathering it all together.’

The association received a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help fund the project through 
its Sharing Heritage programme.

Many people have already come forward with photographs and stories from 70 years ago.

Joyce Dibbon and her husband Glen, who have lived in Portchester all their lives, have already brought in their school photos from 1947, and photos of them at a street party in 1945 to show what life was like back then.

This isn’t the first time Portchester Community Association has got the community together to explore its history.

The association also ran the Portchester D-Day Remembered project, which saw information turned into a book.

Miss Fernandes said: ‘Portchester Hub is so vibrant, it is built on generosity and innovation and this is a great example of that.’

Once all the history has been gathered, those involved in the project will share memories of this time by giving talks at local groups, visiting nursing homes and sheltered accommodation.

The memories are also expected to be made into a book, which will be available soon after the project has finished in January.

The official launch of Portchester Remembered will be held on Tuesday, September 8 from 1.30pm until 3.30pm at the Portchester Hub, in Portchester Precinct.