What’s on for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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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 Summer Dance. An evening of ballroom and Latin, plus some sequence. 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 Association, Maurepas Way. 7.45pm-10.15pm. Sequence Dance Club. New members and visitors welcome. BYO refreshments. Admission £3. (023) 9271 0060.

EVENTS

DRAYTON: Springfield School, Central Road. 7.30pm. Drayton and Farlington Neighbourhood Forum.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place. 10am-12pm. Arts and crafts. Admission: £2.50. ()23) 9278 0500.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 10am-12.30pm. Naval History Clinic. Find out naval ancestor information. Admission free but booking is required. (023) 9252 3463.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 2-2.45pm.Peeppo into the Past. Art session for under five’s. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: Info Pod, First Floor, Central Library, Guildhall Square. 10.30am. Portsmouth Macmillan Library Service Coffee and Cake Morning. Has your life been affected by cancer? Get support, share concerns or find information in an informal and relaxed setting. (023) 9268 8259.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 1pm-2pm. Mini makers. Art session suitable for children up to the age of five. Admission: £3. (023) 9277 8080.

PORTSMOUTH: Oasis The Venue, Arundel Street. 2pm-3pm. Prime time group. Build a Shed by Peter Roberts of the PCC.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 2pm-4pm. Afternoon Teas. Have either a traditional or savoury afternoon tea. Admission: £16. Minimum 48-hours notice required. (023) 9277 8080.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 4pm-5.30pm. After school workshop. Join local artist Emma Noble for art sessions. Will encourage children to learn and use a range of techniques. Admission: £40 for weekly session from June 4-July 9. Booking is required. (023) 9277 8080.

SOUTHSEA: Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 2pm-4pm. Social Group for the Over 50s. Admission £2. (023) 9268 8705.

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.

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Community Centre, Westbourne Road. 2pm-6pm. D-Day commeoration exhibition. Will include special tapestry, war-time bicycle, propaganda, posters, caricatures, badges and medals. 01243 378742.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road (PO17 6AN). 10am-4pm. Inspired by Landings. Photography exhibition of Russell Squires’ work to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (023) 9271 0060.

GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street. 10am-5pm. Ebb and flow. art exhibition to commemorate and highlight Gosport’s role in D-Day. (023) 9252 3463.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre. 10am-5.30pm. Jewellers’ showcase. See and buy British craftmanship. (023) 9252 3463.

PORTSMOUTH: Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf. 10am-6pm. Second World War exhibition. Admission: £8.95 adults, £6.95 children. (023) 9285 7520.

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.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Joella Wheatle’s solo exhibition. (023) 9277 8080.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Ginny Top. Art exhibition from Ginny Top, an MA graduate who won an award from the gallery in 2012. (023) 9277 8080.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-4pm. Lindsay Taylor’s textile exhibition. (023) 9277 8080.

FILMS

CRANLEIGH: Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street. (GU6 8AS). 8pm. The Selfish Giant (15). A modern-day adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story where two boys work for a scrap merchant. Admission: £7.50, concs. 01483 278000 for tickets.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre. 1.45pm and 8pm. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A). Admission: £6. (023) 9252 3463.

GIGS

HAMBLEDON: Youth Hut (next to Village Hall and Vine Inn), West Street (PO7 4RW). 8pm for 8.30pm. Hambledon Folk Club. Featuring: Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner. All welcome. Admission: £8 members; £10 non-members. (023) 9263 2719, hambledonfolk.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 8pm. Open mic night. Musicians of all levels welcome. Friendly atmosphere. (023) 9229 6352.

SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 7.30pm. South Downs College Students end of term gig. (023) 9286 3911.

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Minerva Theatre, Oaklands Park. (PO19 6AP). 2.45pm and 7.45pm. Pressure. Admission: £18-£22. cft.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Square Tower, Broad Street. 2.45pm. Tender Loving Care. Production to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. Admission £12. (023) 9264 6477.

SOUTHAMPTON: Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road. 7.30pm. Dirty Dancing. Admission £19.50-£48.50. (023) 8071 1811, mayflower.org.uk.

TITCHFIELD: St Margaret’s Arts Centre, 73, St Margaret’s Lane. 7.30pm. Volpone. Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying, knowing that each will try to curry favor with him in order to be named his heir. Admission: £8-£11. (01329) 556156, titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

WALKS & TALKS

COSHAM: meet at King George V Playing Fields car park, Northern Road. 2pm. Lakeside, North Harbour Walk. Gentle paced walk around the private grounds of IBM. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.

COWPLAIN: meet in the car park at bus terminus, Eagle Avenue, Wecock Farm. 10.20am. Circular walk via Lovedean and Denmead. Organised by C.H.A Walking Club. (023) 9225 4289.

GOSPORT: The Scout Hut, Clayhall Road, Alverstoke. 7.15pm for 7.30pm-9.30pm. Treasures of the Parish Chest. Talk by Les Mitchinson, organised by the Hampshire Genealogical Society Gosport Group. Visitors and new members welcome. (023) 9258 5194, hgs-familyhistory.com/groups/gosport.

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 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.

PORTSMOUTH: Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Street. 6m. The dark side of crime: Lifting the veil on fraud. Lecture from Mark Button, Professor of Criminology at the University of Portsmouth. Free but a ticket is required. Visit markbutton.eventbrite.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH: Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street. Andrew Cardy will be giving a talk.

SOUTHSEA: meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am. Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront Walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden. 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.