What’s on for Thursday, March 5, 2015

SHORT STORY FOR THE WEEKEND: Committed by Diane Ashman

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CONCERTS

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7pm. New Horizons. The work of Mozart and Mahler, conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens. Tickets from £14.75-£29.50. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for bookings and more information.

EVENTS

COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch Club.

Fresh homemade lunch and dessert. Entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Contact (023) 9261 7890 for more information.

EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10-11.30am. Emsworth Country Market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and crafts. Refreshments available.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. New Age Kurling. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

RATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. Friendship Club. A different activity each week. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

NORTH END: The Learning Place, Derby Road. 10am-midday. Social Group Meeting. Offering friendship and activities. £2 admission. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more information.

NORTH END: 250 Chichester Road, PO2 0AU. 7.30-10.30pm. ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’. Ten week psychic development course taught by Tony Ashenden. Designed for the development of the psychic & spiritual beginner and improver. Admission £75. Contact Tony on (023) 9269 3169 or email tonyahome@ntlworld.com for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Lodge, Anchorage Park, Sywell Crescent. 9.30 – 11.30am. Connor’s Toy Libraries. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Includes a healthy snack. Admission £2 per family per week. Outreach support provided for non confident or vulnerable families. Call (023) 9283 2926 for more information or visit ctlib.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3NH. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. Day of fun for little bookworms. A celebration of World Book Day with sea themed arts, crafts and storytelling. Children are welcome to come as a character from their favourite book. Admission free with a valid Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or National Museum of the Royal Navy ticket.

PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Play@The RMA. Including music from Alice Milburn, Megan Lynne, Acoustic Cheeze and more. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-midday. Thursday Chat and Tea Club. Come along for tea, cake and a warm welcome. £2 admission. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Gwenda Stephens and Belinda. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284.

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

GOSPORT: Gallery@Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Haslar Hospital – The Splendour and Decline. With the Haslar building currently awaiting renovation, Philip Woolway ARPS photographically captures it in its current state. Admission free.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. These Stories Of Old Stones. Become immersed in and inspired by the long ago world of castles, chivalry, maidens and knights. Though now many of these once grand and imposing sites have fallen into ruins, they hold a fairytale appeal, with crumbling turrets, worn spiral staircases and doors to rooms that no longer exist. 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. Chris Briden: Street Art. Southampton-based artist Chris has developed a photorealist style after years of working within designated legal graffiti sites. 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. Wendy’s work is inspired by her love of nature and Jill’s designs are influenced by the simple shapes and clarity of form of the cultures of Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Britain. 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. Beetles, bugs and minibeasts. Some of the dead beetles, bugs and minibeasts collected by artist and local resident Becky Dunn over the last 30 years. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

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: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Here & There: Vulcan Building. An exhibition of work by members of Aspex artists’ associates. This show, spread across two sites, will feature the work of 16 artists, working in a diverse range of media, styles and scale. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission free. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 7pm. The Adventures Of Prince Achmed, plus Johnny Dreams (PG). Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 silhouette animation is the earliest surviving animation feature and brings to life tales from the Arabian Nights. 81 mins. Admission free, booking advisable. Call 074502 9408 or visit no6cinema.co.uk for more information.

STAGE

PORTSEA: 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 7pm. Crazy Sexy Cool Girls’ Fan Club. Satire exploring the teen politics of a ‘friendship group’, and the chaos and torment that can come with stardom at an early age. Tickets between £4-£8. Contact (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for information and bookings.

WALKS & TALKS

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT. 7.30pm. Murder, Mystery and Mayhem. Crime author Pauline Rowson talks about the inspiration behind her crime novels and how she researches, plots and writes them. Tickets £4. Call (023) 9252 3463 to book.