What’s on for Monday, May 18, 2015

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DANCING

COSHAM: Cosham Community Association, Wootton Road, PO6 3AP. 7.30pm-10pm. M&M’s modern sequence dance club. Tuition of new dances included. New members welcome. Admission £2.50, tea and biscuits included. Contact (023) 9271 0060.

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2.50 including tea and biscuit.

PORTSMOUTH: Milton Village Hall, 182 Milton Road, PO4 8PR. 8pm. Salsa. Learn beginners or improvers salsa, including group dances. Admission £6.

SOUTHSEA: Devonshire Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Winter Road, PO4 9ED. 7.30pm. Ballroom and Latin dance class. With Instep Dance Club. Beginners 7.30pm-8.30pm; free practice dance 8.30pm-8.45pm; improvers 8.45pm-9.30pm. Admission £5 or £6 for two sessions. (023) 9264 9991.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 10am-8pm. Living with dementia festival. Organised by the Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership. Events include craft workshops, interactive history sessions and a tea dance. Tickets must be booked in advance. Visit cft.org.uk/dementiafestival or contact the box office on 01243 781312.

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road. 2pm-4pm. Craft group. Craft, tea, cake and a warm welcome. Telephone (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

NORTH END: North End Baptist Church, Powerscourt Road. 10am-midday. Copnor coffee club for the over 50s. Tea, cake, activites and a warm welcome. Admission £2. Telephone (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 2pm-4.30pm. Knitting and sewing workshop. Knitters and sewing enthusiasts are being asked to create squares measuring 6x4 inches inspired by HMS Victory and HMS Alliance using a variety of techniques such as knitting, embroidery and crochet. The squares will then form a community Trafalgar sail art installation which will be on display in summer 2015. For further information contact (023) 9272 7595 or email community@nmrn.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport. 7.30pm. Sausage and mash supper. A supper and conversation and the chance to raise money to support the charity around Christian Aid week.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Parish Hall, Links Lane, PO9 6AD. 10am-5pm. Spring art exhibition and sale. Organised by Rowlands Castle Painting Society. Tea and cakes are available, and the opportunity to purchase an original painting, local scenes included, with many cards and folios as well. Disabled access.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. The Alresford Monday painting group. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, PO12 2AS. 10am-4.30pm. First Out, Last In. Exhibition focusing on the role of the Royal Navy’s submarines during the First World War. See objects, photographs, rare images and personal accounts. Admission free with valid museum ticket. Contact (023) 9251 0354 for more information.

GOSPORT: Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Paul Kidby: Discworld and Beyond. Paul Kidby’s exhibition showcases the book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels. It also reveals Paul’s own projects influenced by British folklore and landscapes. Admission free. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Pass It On: Our History, Your Heritage. A revealing collection from the archives of Chichester Festival Theatre that allows for a unique insight into the

venue’s past. On display will be many items which have remained hidden away and unopened for decades, including photographs, letters, vintage costume and set designs and even antique props and models. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: The Arts Lodge, Victoria Park, Anglesea Road, PO1 3HJ. 10am-5pm. David Sinclair - Jazz Photographs. A range of intimate pictures of some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. Admission free. Contact (023) 9287 0880 or visit artandsoultraders.com for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig Posters From Around The World. An exhibition of framed works of contemporary studios from all over the world: North, Central and South America, Europe and across the UK. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

GIGS

FAREHAM: Boarhunt Blues Club, Trampers Lane, near Wickham, PO17 6DD. 7.30pm. Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. Live music from award winning old-time roots band. Tickets £14, available by calling (023) 9226 4288 or emailing info@forestfolk.co.uk

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 7.45pm. The Rehearsal.The Count is planning an evening of amateur dramatics but it soon becomes clear that there will be as much passion and intrigue off stage as on.Tickets: £25-£30, 16-25s £8.50.

WALKS & TALKS

FRATTON: Meet at The Bridge Centre, Fratton. 10.30am. Victoria Park walk. Buggy and wheelchair friendly walk. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at Angel Memorial by bus terminus. 1pm. Canoe lake short walk. Slow short walk to the canoe lake cafe. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to pier walk. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Contact (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 7.30pm. Walk. Towards Eastney along the promenade. Suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. For more information, please contact (023) 9268 8390.