What’s on for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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A guide to what’s on around the area today

COMEDY

WINCHESTER: Theatre Royal, Jewry Street. 7.30pm. Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties. Admission £22.50. (01962) 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.

CONCERTS

SOUTHSEA: St Simon’s Church, Waverley Road. Raise the Roof. Concert by local groups and soloists, raising money for the church development campaign. Refreshments. Admission £2-£4, available from the church office. (023) 9282 9440.

DANCING

CLANFIELD: Memorial Hall, South Lane. 7.30pm-10pm. Clanfield Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £2.50. (023) 9259 8456 or (01243) 430048.

PORTSMOUTH: Main Entrance, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Milton (PO4 8LD). 8pm-10.15pm. Wednesday Ballroom Club Dance. An evening of ballroom and Latin, plus some sequence, raffle and spot prizes. BYO refreshments. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £4. (023) 9307 7368.

SOUTHSEA: Royal Beach Hotel, South Parade. 1pm-4pm. Tea Dance. Admission £4. (023) 9273 1281.

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way (Asda car park). 7.45pm-10.15pm. WACA Sequence Dance Club. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Admission £3. (023) 9271 0060.

EVENTS

PORTSMOUTH: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place (off Clive Road). 10am-midday. Arts and Crafts Group. Join in with what’s happening or bring your own project to do. Admission: £2.50 a session. (023) 9278 0500.

SOUTHSEA: 28, Albert Road. 7pm-8.30pm. Mindful Living Club. Support for people interested in practising mindfulness in their daily lives. Admission £7 on door. 07540 751 910, goodmentalhealth.org.uk.

EXHIBITIONS

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

EMSWORTH: Museum, 10b, North Street. 2.30pm-4.30pm. Ripping Yarns and the Forgotten Author. Celebrating the life and works of Portsmouth-born author Percy F Westerman. (01243) 373780, emsworthmuseum.co.uk.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Blooming Marvellous: intergenerational community knitted garden. Over 2,500 knitters and crocheters worked with participatory visual artist Pauline Stanley to create the garden. Come and join in to help our garden grow. Free admission. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: City Museum, Museum Road. 10am-5pm. Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete ... recollections of the Brutalist structure 10 years after demolition. No Place Like Pompey ... looking at some of the things that make Pompey special. A Study in Sherlock ... uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Admission free. (023) 9283 4779, portsmouthmuseums.co.uk.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. The Book Thief (12A); 7.45pm. Directed by Brian Percival. Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. (01428) 642161 for further details.

GIGS

PETERSFIELD: The Square Brewery, 7, The Square, 8pm doors for 8.30pm. Acoustix featuring The Crosstown Trio.

PORTSMOUTH: Cellars at Eastney, 56, Cromwell Road. 7.30pm-11.15pm. Mud Morganfield (eldest son of Muddy Waters). Blues. (023) 9282 6249, thecellars.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-midnight. Open Mic Nite. Friendly atmosphere. Musicians of all levels welcome. Full turbo sound system. (023) 9229 6352.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Joiners Arms, 141, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm. Hands Like Houses. Admission £7. (023) 8022 5612.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Maximo Park. Admission £18.50. (023) 9286 3911.

WICKHAM: The Kings Head, The Square. 9pm. Open Mic Night. (01329) 832123.

STAGE

GUILDFORD: Main Stage, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook. 2.30pm, 7.45pm. Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee. Starring Robert Powell as Hercule Poirot. Admission: £19-£30.50, concs. (01483) 440000, yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.

HAVANT: The Spring, East Street. 7.30pm. London Suite. Neil Simon’s comedy is presented by Bench Theatre. Admission £8, cons. (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 7pm. 2014 Be Your Best Rock Challenge: heat two. Admission £12. (023) 9282 4355, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 2pm, 7.30pm. West Side Story. A vibrant stage production of the classic musical Admission £15-£45, concs. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. The Addams Family: a new musical comedy. Presented by STP Musicals. Admission £12, concs. (023) 9282 8282 for tickets.

WALKS & TALKS

CHERITON: meet Cheriton Recreation Ground car park (GR SU580283). 10am. Petersfield Ramblers Club Walk. A nine-mile walk along the Itchen Way. Cars leave Petersfield Town Station at 9.10am. (01730) 263367.

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road. 1.45pm for 2pm. Haslemere Flower Club Monthly Meeting. Demonstrator Annette Parshottam with Blooming Marvellous. Exhibit: New Beginnings. Visitors and new members welcome. nafas.org.uk.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: meet Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Old Portsmouth Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. 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.

PORTSMOUTH: meet Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park. 10.30am. Walking Friends Portsmouth Two/Three Mile Walk. New walkers please arrive early to register. walkingfriendsportsmouth.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: meet The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road, Copnor, 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore Walk. Short walk to Baffins Pond/longer walk to Milton foreshore. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. 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.

PORT SOLENT: meet in front of the Odeon Cinema. 2pm. Port Solent Walk. Suitable for beginners but does include an area of uneven ground, sturdy shoes recommended. New walkers to arrive 1.45pm to register please. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.