What’s on for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Here’s what’s on around the area today

DANCING

PORTSMOUTH: St James Hospital Social Hall, Main Entrance, Locksway Road, PO4 8LD. 8pm-10.15pm.Wednesday Ballroom Club. An evening of ballroom, latin & some sequence dance. Admission £4.00. Bring your own refreshments. For more information contact Steve or Frances on (023)9307 7368.

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

WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Community Association, 10 Maurepas Way, situated on ASDA Car Park, PO7 7AY. 7.45 - 10.15 pm. W.A.C.A. Sequence Dance Club. New members and visitors welcome. Tea and Biscuits available. Admission £3. For more information contact Michael on (023) 92 71 0060.

EVENTS

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. 10am-midday. Circle of Friends Craft Group. £2.50 per session. Call (023) 9278 0500 for more information.

GOSPORT: The Scout Hut, Clayhall Road, Alverstoke. 7.30-9.30pm.

Hampshire Genealogical Society members evening. “Skeletons in the Cupboard”. All welcome. Free for first three visits. Contact Marilyn Lovett on (023) 9258 5194 for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 6pm-7pm. Hip-hop and street dance. Children between the ages of seven and 15 can learn and create original dances. £60 per term. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

NORTH END: Brunel Junior School, Wymering Road. 9.30 – 11.30 am. 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 or non confident or vulnerable families.

Call (023) 9283 2926 for more information or visit ctlib.org.uk

OLD PORTSMOUTH: The Wellington, 62 High St, Portsmouth PO1 2LY. 11am-12.30pm. Lunch club. The Brendoncare ‘pubclub’ give older people the opportunity to meet up with others. Call 07920 065 741 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Museum, 10.30am-12.30pm. Mess at the museum. Talk for ex-service personnel and civilians to promote the life in the service especially during conflict. (023) 9284 1762, iwt@portsmouthcc.gov.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.

STAMSHAW: Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre, Wilson Road. 10.15-11.45am. New Age Kurling for Ages 50+. No ice, no need to book, beginners welcome. Telephone (023) 92 68 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 Val Carter, June Cousins and Michael Taylor. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. Light Fever. Photographic exhibition by 16 teenagers from the Portsmouth Autism Support Network. The teenagers have worked with digital artists Butterfly FX to produce this exhibition using light graffiti photographic techniques. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

FAREHAM: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, PO16 7DX. Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-11.30am. Layers - Tina Gardiner. A collection of work exploring the use of layering dye, paints and stitchery. Tina is inspired by surrounding landscapes. Contact 01329 223100 or visit ashcroft.org.uk for more information.

GOSPORT: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road. 10am-5pm. Youth Open Art Competition and Exhibition. The Gallery is inviting all young artists to submit original artwork in any medium for selection for the exhibition and a prize. Free admission. Call (023) 9252 3463 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. 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

PORTSMOUTH: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am-4pm. Weighing Anchor: An Artist at Sea On board HMS Argyll and Tireless. A body of work by Jules George depicting the experiences of HMS Argyll and the submarine HMS Tireless on active deployment. Admission free with a valid museum ticket. (023) 9272 7582.

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 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Building, Middle Street, PO1 2DJ. 9am-5pm. Illustrated Menagerie. Illustrations by University of Portsmouth students and alumni. Admission is free. Visit port.ac.uk/space for more information.

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 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Locally Made - Laura Bennett. An exhibition of work by Southsea jeweller Laura, inspired by nature and organic forms. Call (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk for more information.

FILMS

HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, GU27 2AS. 7pm. Love’s Labour’s Lost - RSC Live. Based on the true story of Margaret Keane, an artist whose husband passed off her celebrated portraits of Melancholy children as his own. Adult tickets £11 or £15, children £8 depending on seats. Buy tickets online at tickets.haslemerehall.co.uk or contact 01428 642 161.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4EJ. 7pm. Love’s Labour’s Lost. A Royal Shakespeare Company production screened live from Shakespeare’s home town. Tickets £12, £10 concessions. Call 02389 652333 to book or for more information.

STAGE

COSHAM: St Philip’s Hall, Hawthorn Crescent, PO6 2TL. 7.45pm. Searching for Doctor Branovic. Comedy by David Tristam, presented by The Highbury Players. Contact (023) 9238 9359 for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

FAREHAM: Meet at Delme Arms Bus Stop. 10.30. C.H.A. Walking Club. Linear walk via Portchester Castle to Portchester Precinct. Five and a half miles. Phone (023) 9225 4289 for further details.

PORTSMOUTH: Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, PO1 3DE. Seated by 6.55pm for 7pm start. Space - So What? Lecture by Anu Ojha OBE FRAS, Director of The National Space Academy, Leicester. All welcome, visitors invited to give £1.50 to help cover expenses. Visit port.ac.uk/physsoc for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Church of the Resurrection Hall, Brecon Avenue, Drayton. 7.45pm. Bats of the Portsmouth Area. Contrary to expectations, there are bats in the city. This talk is presented by Nik Knight from Hampshire Bat Group and organised by Friends of Portsdown Hill. All welcome. Admission £2 
including refreshments. Contact Alan Thurbon on (023) 9232 5570 for more information.

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.