What’s on for Thursday June 20, 2013

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A guide to what’s on around the area today.

COMEDY

BORDON: Phoenix Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road. 8pm. Lucy Porter: People Person. Admission £15, concs. (01420) 472 664.

CONCERTS

OLD PORTSMOUTH: St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street. 1.10pm. Lunchtime Live! Featuring Simon Williams (organ). Admission: £3, concs. (023) 9282 3300.

DANCING

HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road. 2pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Sequence and some ballroom. Admission £2.35. (023) 9226 6177.

EVENTS

HAVANT: St Faith’s Church, West Street. Midday-5pm. Flower Festival. Admission free, donations welcome in aid of restoration and re-development appeal.

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 2pm-4pm. Friendship Club for the over 55s. Different activity each week with a welcoming friendly group. Admission: £2.50 a session. (023) 9278 0500.

PORTSMOUTH: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street. Midday. Charity Lunch. A chance to enjoy a light lunch – the money raised will be used to support a charity.

WATERLOOVILLE: St George’s Church Hall, Hambledon Road. 9.30am-11.30am. St George’s Market. Eggs and home made preserves, honey, cards, jewellery, woodcraft, craft, cakes, and plants. Coffee and tea available. (023) 9226 4583, stgeorgesnews.org.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Featuring works by the Alresford Monday Painting Group. Organised by the QA League of Friends. (023) 9238 7284.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Gods Port. Local artist Pete Codling will create a temporary freehand giant charcoal drawing. Pride of Place Goes Large! Display of work produced by some of Gosport’s clubs and societies. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum and Records Office, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Teddy Bear Story ... featuring 150 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples of the toy. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Portsmouth special. Football in the City: a space in the heart of Portsmouth ... devoted to the beautiful game. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. (023) 9282 7261, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

GIGS

CHICHESTER: Pump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road (PO20 6EH). 6pm-midnight. Blues on the Farm. Featuring: The Larry Miller Band; Grainne Duffy and King Rollo. (01243) 773828, 539072, bluesonthefarm.co.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 8pm. Andrew Foster. Acoustic. Admission £8, concs. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney. 7pm doors-midnight. Play at The RMA. Nick Courtney presents: Olivia Greenham, 7pm; Ben Brookes, 7.30pm; Dillon, 8pm; Clym Arnold, 8.30pm; TheFolsom, 9pm; Fools Knowledge, 9.30pm; Secret Gig, 10.15pm; Open Mic (three songs each, just turn up and put your name down to play), 10.45pm. Thursdaymusic.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: The Fountain, 34, The Green. 8.30pm. Herbie Armstrong and friends Open Mic Night. All welcome.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Dendera. Plus Toxic Shock Old Crows and Turbo Lover. Admission £6. (023) 9286 3911.

SOUTHSEA: Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Albert Road. 9pm. The Vinyls.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 8pm. Club 12th Hour. Featuring The Alex Oakley Band, Animal Company, Old Sarum and Heir of the Dog. Admission £5. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. 7pm. If Only. A new political play by David Edgar full of moral dilemmas. Admission: £24.50. (01243) 781312 or cft.org.uk.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Top Secret. With Reason 3 Youth Theatre. All will be revealed when you buy your tickets ... Admission £5. (01329) 223100.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 7pm. Verdi’s Falstaff. Comic opera live via satellite from the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival. (01428) 642161 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: Groundlings Theatre at The Old Benny, 42, Kent Street, Portsea. 8pm. The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde’s comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity. Admission: £12, concs. (023) 9273 7370. groundlings.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Rock Challenge 2013. Juniors, doors 5.30pm; show 6pm. Seniors, doors 6.30pm; show 7pm. Admission £12. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. Cats. Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber Admission: £19-£37. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Intimate Joe Longthorne. New challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill. Admission £21.50, concs. (023) 9282 8282.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre Bar, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. La Nona (Grandma). A new translation of this dark comedy. Admission: £9, concs. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

CHICHESTER: Friends Meeting Room, Priory Road. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Around the World by Bike. An illustrated talk by Josie Dew. Admission £5, concs. (0243) 534694.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 7.30pm. Music Before the Fab Four. An illustrated talk by Geoff Piper. Admission £4. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: meet Scott Road car park (off Military Road by The News Centre). 10.30am. Hilsea Lines Walk. Uneven footpaths take you around ‘Foxes Forest’ with its abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.