What’s on for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Here’s what’s on around the area today.

DANCING

GOSPORT: Thorngate Halls, Bury Road. 7-10pm. 50-50 Dance. Admission £4.50.

PORTSMOUTH: St James Hospital social hall, main entrance, Locksway Road, PO4 8LD. Wednesday ballroom club. An evening of ballroom, latin & some sequence dance. 8-10.15pm. Admission £4. Bring own refreshments. For more information call Steve or Frances on (023) 9307 7368.

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Community Association, 10 Maurepas Way, situated on Asda car park. 7.45-10.15 pm. W.A.C.A. sequence dance club. New members and visitors welcome, tuition included. Tea and biscuits available. Admission £3. Contact Michael on (023) 9271 0060.

EVENTS

FAREHAM: Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street. 7.30pm. Fareham Horticultural Association meeting. Speaker will be Stewart Pocock, who will talk about roses and how to grow them. Admission free, new members welcome. For more information contact Ruth on 01329 287661.

PORTSMOUTH: Scout Headquarters, Paignton Avenue, Baffins. 10am. Christmas coffeee morning. Coffee, bric-a-brac, books, clothing and more.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. Midday. Mass and charity lunch. A light lunch. All money raised will be used to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal. For further information call (023) 9281 4444 or email office@portseaparish.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport. 7.30pm. The Journey of Life in Holy Week. Led by Canon Peter Leonard. For further information call (023) 9281 4444 or email office@portseaparish.co.uk

SOUTHSEA: Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 2pm-4pm. The Natterjacks. Offering friendship, activities and speakers. £2 admission. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.

STOKES BAY: Alverbank Country Hotel, Stokes Bay Road, PO12 2QT. 7.30pm. Quiz night. Hosted by Alan Dedicoat from BBC Radio 2 in aid of Children in Need. Tickets: £10 including a small supper. Contact (023) 9261 0072 or e-mail norman@charitygoods.com for more information.

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 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: 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. 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. 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. Pompey Prints. A rolling exhibition of prints which celebrate Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject, showcasing the work of artists who live locally. 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

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the ‘Taste the Street’ series, 2013-14. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Diversity: Exhibition. The next in a series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland. Carol is self-taught and explores and experiments with styles and media, ranging from Chinese brush and watercolour to mixed media with collage. Free admission. Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information about this exhibition.

PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3JL. Tea and pencils. Matthew Anstee presents work from his on-going collection ‘Cinefilms’, a playful and imaginative rendering of some of his favourite iconic, and cult classic films. Visit no6cinema.co.uk for more information.

GIGS

GOSPORT: Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club, Dolphin Crescent, PO12 2HE. Bob Dwyer’s bix & pieces. Booking advisable. For more information contact (023) 9269 3988 or visit gosportjazz.hampshire.org.uk
PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, PO4 9pm. Ska night. Live music from Skamageddon, Offbeat Offensive and The Riffs. Admission free.
WALKS & TALKS

SOUTHSEA: Meet outside Canoe Lake Cafe, St Helens Parade. 10.30am.

Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront Walk.

Walk through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden, suitable for buggies and

wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team.