What’s On from Friday, July 15 until Thursday, July 21

Dont miss the open garden at 28
St Ronans Avenue, Southsea
Dont miss the open garden at 28 St Ronans Avenue, Southsea
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What’s On for the week ahead

BOOKS

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Library. 3pm. Author Dee Williams will be talking about and selling copies of her new book, More Hopes and Dreams.

DANCING
PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. Dance night. An evening of live music and dancing. Tickets must be purchased in advance, call (023) 9281 444.

EVENTS
FAREHAM: Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, PO16 9AD. 11.15am-12.30pm. Table tennis. Every Friday.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 5pm & 7.30pm. Gerry Cottle’s Rock Circus. A high-energy family show featuring a new generation of vibrant young performers against an infectious, non-stop rock and pop soundtrack. From ABBA to Adele, The Beatles to The Beach Boys and Queen to Britney Spears, all your favourite music from the last 60 years accompanies a line-up of the world’s greatest acts in circus, comedy and magic for live entertainment to thrill and astonish all ages. Tickets from £10. Call 0845 835 5050 or visit rockcircus.co.uk.EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Coffee Shop. 10am-4pm. Art exhibition. Organised by League of Friends. Floral paintings are by Tracy Stevens and watercolours by Eileen Hollis. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

Volunteers wanted.

GOSPORT: Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am 5pm. Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

This annual exhibition is from The Natural History Museum and showcases the best wildlife imagery in the world. The 100 award-winning photographs illustrate the abundance, majesty, and vulnerability of life on our planet – on land, sea and sky. From intimate portraits to layered motion stills, they blend startling visuals, compelling narratives and a passion for the natural world. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. The competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery.
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Natural Imperfections. A new exhibition of artworks from Portsmouth based artist Adrian Mundy. The exhibition comprises of a series of two-dimensional and sculptural works based on handmade paper. Mundy has had agoraphobia for over eighteen years. He’s also had M.E. for over 28 years, which physically limits what he can do. Over two years Mundy grew and harvested flax, creating his own handmade paper from the plant fibre. All parts of the plants have been used in some way, from the roots to the dried seed pods. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk.
PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Making It, Not Writing It. Craft exhibition from local maker Malisa Sledmere. Malisa is a contemporary mixed media artist. The exhibition consists of delicate, handmade textile sculptures and has been inspired by Sledmere’s memories of both the touch and feel of materials over five decades of her life – looking at objects, architecture and life with curiosity. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk. GIGS
BOARHUNT: Boarhunt Blues Club, Trampers Lane, North Boarhunt. John Verity Band. Tickets £12.50, all welcome. Call 07445 861519.
MARKETS

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9am-12pm. Stubbington Country Market. With cakes, savouries, dairy and gluten free products, crafts, flowers, fruit and vegetables. Everything is home baked, hand crafted, or home grown. Free parking.
STAGE
HAVANT: St Faith’s Church, West Street, PO9 1EH. 7.30pm. Roses Of Eyam. A play by Don Taylor. This performance is not recommended for under 10s and will include a promenade section around the churchyard, which may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility. Call (023) 9245 4244.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Woman In Mind. A play by Alan Ayckbourn. Call (023) 9247 2700.

GOSPORT: Nicholson Gardens, PO12 7HY. 7.30pm. Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Performed by the Villagers Open Air Drama Group. All profits to local charities. Tickets: (023) 9252 6573.
WALKS & TALKS
SOUTHSEA: Meet at the Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade. 10.30am. Seafront walk. Walk along the promenade. Suitable for all. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.Tomorrow

COFFEE

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street. 10am. Coffee morning and mini-market. Coffee, chat, cakes and a chance to raise funds for St Faith’s Church.

CONCERTS
PORTSMOUTH: St Agatha’s Church. 7.30pm. A Light Summer’s Evening with The Portsmouth Chorus. Supported by a jazz trio, featuring the children of St John’s Catholic Primary School. Tickets £8. Children under 16 go free. Visit portsmouthchorus.org.
DANCING
FAREHAM: Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, PO17 5AL. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Hawaiian-themed dance evening. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. Dance to music played by David Read. Admission £6. Please wear bright colours and patterns if possible. No bar, but you can take your own drinks. Tea and coffee and refreshments will be available in the interval. Car parking. For further information call 07980 058310 or visit ballroomrazzamatazz.co.uk.
EVENTS
BOARHUNT: North Boarhunt Village Hall, PO17 6DD. 11am-11pm. Forest Folk Day. Free open day. Everyone welcome.

Singarounds, musicians sessions, workshops. Live performances from Barnstormer, The Courtiers and Matt Quinn. For further information phone Charles Gale on 01329 833625 or Janet Wiles on (023) 9226 4288. Or e-mail info@forestfolk.co.uk.

GOSPORT: 9 Tukes Avenue, Gosport, PO13 OSA. 10am-4pm. Charity table top sale. For Brain Tumour Charity and Action for Children.

GOSPORT: Elson Library, 136 Chantry Road, PO12 4NG. 10am-12pm. Chapter One. Do you enjoy talking about the books you have read? Then go along to this reading group where you can, read, share, discuss and discover new authors. Everyone is welcome. Meets on the third Saturday of each month.

HAVANT: Havant Park. 11am-4pm. Havant Fun Day. With bouncy castles (four inflatables including an adault assault course), human table football, a photo corner, a sweets giveaway, face painting, traditional fair games, a craft corner, food and drink and live music. Free admission and free activities.

SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 2pm & 5pm. Gerry Cottle’s Rock Circus. See today.

STOUGHTON: In the garden of Church Farm (right near the church), Stoughton, North of Chichester, PO18 9JL. 2pm-5pm. Garden Fete. There’ll be homemade teas and drinks, a big draw with prizes, stalls, bric- a-brac, books, good as new clothes, jewellery and a big bottle tombola. Plus, terrier racing, face painting, games, activities for children and a fortune teller. Admission £2, children go free. Call (023) 9263 1570 for more information.
EXHIBITIONS
COSHAM: League of Friends Coffee Shop, Level B, Queen Alexandra Coffee Shop. 12pm-3.30pm. Art exhibition. Organised by League of Friends. Floral paintings are by Tracy Stevens and watercolours are by Eileen Hollis. Admission free. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Weekend opening is according to volunteer availability. Volunteers wanted.

GOSPORT: Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am 5pm. Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

See today.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Museum, 10b North Street (above the fire station). 10.30am-4.30pm. The Battle of the Somme. This exhibition commemorates the Battle of the Somme and remembers the local men who were involved. Stair lift available. Call 01243 378091 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Natural Imperfections. See today.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Making It, Not Writing It. See today. FILMS

SOUTHSEA: South Parade Pier. After sunset. Tommy (15) UK, 1975. The Who’s rock opera brought to the screen by British director Ken Russell. Tommy is about a deaf mute who gains fame as a pinball champion, then as the messiah of a new religion. Showing at one of the very locations used in the film, the South Parade Pier. Tickets £6. Visit portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk to purchase. Check website to see if the film has been cancelled if it’s raining.

GARDENS

SOUTHSEA: 28 St Ronan’s Avenue. 5pm-8pm. Open garden. Town garden. A mixture of tender, exotic and dry loving plants along with more traditional ones, including king protea, bananas, ferns, agaves, echeverias, echium and puya.

Wild flower area and wildlife pond. Admission £4.50. Wine.

GIGS
SOUTHSEA: The Waverley Club. 8.30pm until late. Kenny Mayes 50s and 60s music. Free admission.
STAGE
HAVANT: St Faith’s Church, West Street, PO9 1EH. 7.30pm. Roses Of Eyam. A play by Don Taylor. See today.HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Woman In Mind. A play by Alan Ayckbourn. Call (023) 9247 2700.

SWANMORE: Hill Farm House, Droxford Road, SO32 2PY. 7.30pm. Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Performed by the Villagers Open Air Drama Group. Take your own chairs, food and drinks. All profits go to Ickle Pickles charity to help fund equipment needed for the neo-natal baby unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Tickets are £12/£6. Call Jenny on 07803 299973 to purchase.
WALKS & TALKS
PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the Blue Lagoon. 10.30am. Hilsea Lido walk. Walk along the foreshore footpath to the Mountbatten Centre and back. Flat and paved route. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9284 1762 for more information.

BEDHAMPTON: Bedhampton Social Hall

Bedhampton Road, 10.30am. South East Hants Tinnitus Support Group meeting. The guest speaker is audiologist Frances Inge. Donations would be gratefully received, Free parking and disabled facilities. Call 01243 786135.


Sunday

CONCERTS
FARLINGTON: Church of the Resurrection, Penrhyn Avenue, PO6 2AP. 7.30pm. Portsmouth Philharmonia’s Summer Orchestral Concert. In aid of the Solent Diabetes Association. Tickets £5 from (023) 9273 1122 or you can buy on the door. Refreshments will be served during the interval.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 1.30pm-4pm. This is a Music Foundation Concert – music for a Summer afternoon. Listen to a selection of musicians performing works including brass and choral music, plus jazz groups and instrumentals in the churchyard. Admission is free, but there is a retiring collection to support the work of the foundation.

EVENTS
EASTNEY: Miniature Railway Track, Bransbury Park. 2pm-5pm. Public passenger running. Both steam and/or electric locomotives. 50p per person for two circuits of track. Weather permitting.

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park. 10.30am. Morning worship. With creche available. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.

HAVANT: Bethel Evangelical Church, Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park. 4pm. Family Discovery Hour. Call (023) 9217 6400 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 2.30pm. Strawberry Tea and Tower Open. Enjoy a strawberry tea on the church grounds and climb the church tower to overlook the city. Tickets are £2.50, available in advance from (023) 9281 4444. The tea will end at 4 pm.

PORTSMOUTH: Flying Bull Academy. 8am-12pm. Car boot sale. Cars and stalls £8, small vans £10. Buyers entry 50p, via Malins Road from 8am. Sellers entry via Steerforth Close, from 7.30am. Refreshments available. E-mail flyingbullacademycarboot2016@yahoo.com.SOUTHSEA: Southsea Common. 11am & 2pm. Gerry Cottle’s Rock Circus. See today