What’s on from Friday, December 4 – Thursday, December 10, 2015

Grab some treats at the family Christmas concert tomorrow.
Grab some treats at the family Christmas concert tomorrow.
Belinda Lang as Stephanie Abrahams in Duet For One. Picture: Robert Day

REVIEW: Duet For One, Chichester Festival Theatre

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lTODAY

EVENTS

GOSPORT: Elson Library, Chantry Road, PO12 4NG. 10am-11am. Hot Topic. Elson Junior School Choir will be singing Christmas carols. Free. Tea or coffee for 20p.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: High Street, PO13 9BU. 4pm onwards. Christmas at Lee-on-the-Solent. See Santa’s reindeer, the petting zoo, punch and judy and more. The official Christmas lights switch on by the mayor and mayoress of Gosport will take place at 6.30pm, followed by carols around the Christmas tree. Shops will be open for business and there will be crafts stalls, gift stands, a French market plus Organic Hog Roast and mini fairground rides for younger children.

MILTON: Beddow Library, Milton Road. 10.30am-12.30pm. Milton Social Group. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

PAULSGROVE: Paulsgrove Healthy Living Centre, Allaway Avenue. 2-4pm. Friendship Club. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

PORTCHESTER: Portchester Precinct. 5pm. Christmas tree and lights switch on. By Alan Knight MBE Portsmouth FC Ambassador. Choirs and performances from Portchester Community School, Castle Primary School and King Richard School.

PORTSMOUTH: Cath Kidston, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TU. 1pm-6pm. A visit from Santa. Enjoy the Christmas magic in store and leave with a #SantaSelfie.

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport. 7.30pm. Reindeer Drive for Christian Aid. A Beetle Drive with a seasonal difference to raise funds for Christian Aid and its work in Nigeria.

PORTSMOUTH: St Cuthbert’s Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 7.30pm. The Christmas Tree Festival. With the Solent Male Voice Choir concert amidst more than 20 illuminated and decorated trees. Tickets £7 and include drinks and nibbles. Can be purchased in advance or on the door. Call Sue on 07763 210659.

EXHIBITIONS

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Dinosaurs in Your Garden. Discover how large meat-eating dinosaurs evolved into modern birds – their nearest living relatives. Examine feathers, claws, teeth, eggs and footprints. Free admission. Call (023) 9250 3280.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. By University of Portsmouth fine art student Ailsa Brims. The exhibition has 18 black and white images showing people rushing past the Guildhall and Eldon Building, which is home to the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Call (023) 9387 0200 or visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-9pm. Legacy. Vagabond (mobile) gallery is a curatorial platform led by Oana Damir. In this entirely photographic exhibtion he has curated the work of Madeleine Waller and Mattias Pettersson. The concept is about pondering on essential questions like what is important, what should be encouraged and with all the information available today, how to focus on quality and craft as well as matter over superficiality. Call (023) 9307 3478.

GIGS

FAREHAM: The Cuckoo Pint, 120 Cuckoo Lane, PO14 3QP. Soul Flame.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. The M27s. Covers band. Call (023) 9278 0860.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Midnite Sun. Rocky covers band. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for details of other events.

MARKETS

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9am-12pm. Stubbington Country Market. With cakes, savouries, dairy and gluten free products, crafts, flowers, fruit and vegetables. Everything is home baked, hand crafted, or home grown. Free parking.

STAGE

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Christmas at Sea! A 1930s style musical adventure on board RMS Operatic. Call (023) 9247 2700 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 7.30pm. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A pantomime by Ben Crocker, adapted and Directed by Roger Mitchell. Call 07906 227709 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The Old Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. 7.30pm. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. A play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ben Kesey. Visit ccads-theatre.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: St John the Baptist Church, Redhill Road, PO9 6DF. 7.30pm. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. A Christmas Concert A celebration of Christmas with seasonal songs and readings. Call (023) 9225 3558.

SWANMORE: Swanmore Village Hall, New Road, SO32 2PF. 7.30pm. Camelot at the Panto. A pantomime by Ben Crocker. Call 01489 894955.

WALKS & TALKS

SOUTHSEA: Meet at the Pyramids Centre. 10.30am. Seafront walkalong the promenade. Suitable for all. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. Call (023) 9268 8390 for more information.

lTOMORROW

CONCERTS

PORTSMOUTH: All Saints’ Church, Commercial Road, PO1 4BT. 7pm. Family Christmas concert. Malcolm Keeler directs a concert of carols and seasonal music with handbell ringers from Bishop’s Waltham and Portsmouth Baroque Choir. Mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies in the interval. All ages welcome. Tickets £10, £8, £1 from 01329 238068, baroquechoir.ticketsource.co.uk and on the door.

DANCING

FAREHAM: Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL. 7.30pm-12am. Christmas party dance. 50/50 ballroom latin and sequence. With a two course buffet. No bar, take your own drinks. Ticket only, £15 per head. Call 07980 058310 or visit ballroomrazzmatazz.co.uk for more details.
EVENTS

ALVERSTOKE: St Mary’s Parish Centre, Green Road, PO12 2ET. 10.30am-12.30pm. Friends of Crescent Garden Winter Fair. £1 including coffee and biscuits.

FAREHAM: West Street, PO16 0AN. 9am-3pm. Craft and gift fair with farmers’ market. Variety of different stalls.

GOSPORT: Christ Church, Stoke Road,

PO12 1JQ. 10.30am-2pm. Christmas fair.

Raffle, stalls and refreshments. Free entry.

HAVANT: St Faith’s Church, 2 North Street, PO9 1PR. 10am-12pm. Christmas gift fair. With coffee and bargains. everyone welcome.

HAYLING ISLAND: St Mary’s Church, Church Road. 10am-12pm. Advent fair. Christmas stalls with cakes and pastries, tombola, toys, books, gifts and decorations. Plus a grand Christmas draw.

HILSEA: In the picnic area at Hilsea Lines, just off Peronne Road. 10am-2pm. Tree dressing day. Trees will be decked with a range of handmade adornments. Craft sessions will be held throughout the day for people to make decorations they can either leave in the trees or take home. There’ll be free face painting, storytelling and music plus hot chocolate and soup.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, PO13 9NF. 10am - 2pm. Christmas fair. Cakes, children’s area, craft stalls.

LEIGH PARK: St. Michael and All Angels Church, Dunsbury Way, PO9 5BD. 11am-2pm. Christmas Fair. With gifts, toys, cakes, bric-a-brac, toileteries, books. grand draw and refreshments.

PORT SOLENT: The Boardwalk, Port solent, PO6 4TP. 10am-6pm. Port Solent‘s Festival of Christmas. With over 50 market stalls offering a wide range of goods and gifts. Children can meet Merlynda Jelly Jaws and Bridie the Trolley Dolly. With Highbury Area Band will be providing music. Visit portsolent.com for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, High Street, PO1 2HH. 6.15pm. Carols and Festive Fair. Carols performed by the Havant Pitchpipers and Mayville High School Junior Choir. Plus Portsmouth City Brass Band and the Pompey Pluckers. Guests can shop at the fair where there’s new and hand-crafted goods and toys. Tickets for the event are £5 and can be bought in advance from The Rowans Hospice or any of its charity shops.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 10am. Christmas craft and activity morning. To celebrate the refurbishment of the welcome area for children and young families. Christmas wreath making and other activities including a free Melody Tots session.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Etsy Made Local. A selection of artists, crafters, designers and vintage enthusiasts will set up to offer a selection of items as part of Etsy Made Local, facilitated by Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies.

PORTSMOUTH: St Cuthbert’s Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 11am-5.30pm. The Christmas Tree Festival. With musical entertainment by the Pompey Pluckers. Refreshments available and visitors can vote for their favourite tree. Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 2pm–4pm. Admission £1.50. Call Sue on 07763 210659.

WATERLOOVILLE: Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus & St. Peter the Apostle, London Road, PO7 7SR. 1.30pm-4.30pm.Christmas fair. Stalls with cakes, sweets, bottle tombola, jewellery, gifts and more.

Children can paint a Christmas picture and win a prize and visit Father Christmas. To be opened by the Mayor of Havant. Grand draw with cash prizes, and hampers. Free entry and parking.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 12pm-3.30pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. Prints of pen and wash paintings, which are of buildings in local towns and cities. Greeting cards on sale. Free entry. Call (023) 9238 7284 for more information. Please note a shortage of volunteers means weekends are not always open.

GOSPORT: Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Dinosaurs in Your Garden. See ‘Today’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 10am-2pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 10am-6pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS

CHICHESTER: The Brick Kiln Garden Centre, Bognor Road, PO20 1EJ. 11am-3pm. Julie Horton Jazz Trio. Free. Call 01243 756175 or visit brickkilngardencentre.co.uk for more information.

EMSWORTH: The White Horse, The Square. Tangerine Tantrum.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. 8pm until late. Non-stop 70s and 80s music. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for details of other events.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Diva DJ. Xmas party tunes. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.

STAGE

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Christmas at Sea! A 1930s style musical adventure on board RMS Operatic. Call (023) 9247 2700 for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 2.30pm. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A pantomime by Ben Crocker, adapted and Directed by Roger Mitchell. Call 07906 227709.

PORTSMOUTH: The Old Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. A play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ben Kesey. Visit ccads-theatre.co.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE: St John the Baptist Church, Redhill Road, PO9 6DF. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. A Christmas Concert A celebration of Christmas with seasonal songs and readings. Call (023) 9225 3558.

SWANMORE: Swanmore Village Hall, New Road, SO32 2PF. 7.30pm. Camelot at the Panto. A pantomime by Ben Crocker. Call 01489 894955.

WATERLOOVILLE: Blendworth Church Centre, Blendworth Lane, PO8 0AA. 7.30pm. Sing Noel Downland Singers. A Christmas Concert celebrating Christmas plus other musical favourites. Call 07738 240467.

WALKS & TALKS

BEDHAMPTON: Bedhampton Social Hall, 21 Bedhampton Road. 10.30am-12.30pm. South East Hants Tinnitus Support Group meeting. Guest speaker Dr Eliza Tucker.

HILSEA: Meet at the Blue Lagoon, London Road, PO2 9RP. 10.30am. Walk. Walk along the foreshore footpath to the Mountbatten Centre and back. A flat and paved route. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9284 1762.

WORKSHOPS

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 11am-4pm. Letter writing to Santa. Drop in, £3. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com for more information.

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 2pm-4pm. Christmas t-shirt designing. £5. Age 6+. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com for more information.

lSUNDAY

DANCING

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road.

7pm-10pm. Christmas 50/50 dance. Admission £4.50.

EVENTS

EASTNEY: Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, PO4 9SU. 11am-3pm. Christmas fair. Santa will be in his winter wonderland grotto. With home -made Christmas cakes, jewellery and hand-made crafts, bric-a-brac, tombola and festive face painting. Admission 20p.

FORT WIDLEY: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Road, PO6 3LS. 11am-5pm. Psychic and spiritual fair. With a range of stalls from tarot readers to crafts. Free ticketed ghost walks of the tunnels. Free entry.

PORT SOLENT: The Boardwalk, Port solent, PO6 4TP. 10am-5pm. Port Solent‘s Festival of Christmas. With over 50 market stalls offering a wide range of goods and gifts. Children can meet Merlynda Jelly Jaws, a balloon modelling fairy and a snowman and his friend. Visit portsolent.com for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: St. James’ Church, Milton, PO4 8PG. 6pm. Carols and readings for Christmas. With the Chapel Choir of St. John’s College. Retiring collection.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church Fratton Road. 10am. Christmas craft and activity morning. To celebrate the refurbishment of the welcome area for children and young families, a morning of craft (Christmas wreath making), other activities and a free Melody Tots session.

PORTSMOUTH: St. Mary’s Church Fratton Road. 3pm. Annual News Carol Service. Join local schoolchildren and their families in celebrating the Christmas Story at a Christingle service held with the support of us here at The News.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 11am-4pm. Etsy Made Local. A selection of artists, crafters, designers and vintage enthusiasts will set up to offer a selection of items as part of Etsy Made Local, facilitated by Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies.

PORTSMOUTH: Brasserie Blanc, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. 7pm. Spirit of Christmas. Brasserie Blanc will be hosting a festive charity event in aid of Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign. Ukulele group the Pompey Pluckers and pianist Christian Smith will provide the entertainment for a night of live music and games including a Christmas quiz. Guests are asked to buy a gift to be donated to a local underprivileged child this Christmas.

PORTSMOUTH: St Cuthbert’s Church, Lichfield Road, Copnor. 1pm-5pm. The Christmas Tree Festival. With musical entertainment from the Solent Barbershop Singers. Refreshments available and visitors can vote for their favourite tree. Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 2pm–4pm. Admission £1.50. Call Sue on 07763 210659.

SWANWICK: Bursledon Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, SO31 7HB. 11am-4pm. Christmas at the Brickworks. Santa’s village, Magic Jack, children’s choir, craft and gift stalls, fairground organ and old amusement arcade machines, miniature train rides, make a brick and more. Adult entry £6, family £15. Visit bursledonbrickworks.org.uk.
EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 12pm-3.30pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

GIGS

CHICHESTER: The Brick Kiln Garden Centre, Bognor Road, PO20 1EJ. 12pm-2.30pm. One for the Road. Free. Call 01243 756175 or visit brickkilngardencentre.co.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. The Jammers open-mic night. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for details of other events.

SOUTHAMPTON: Ice House, 180 Warren Avenue, SO16 6AA. 4pm-7pm. Soul Flame.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 12.30-2.30pm. Andy Broad’s Lunchtime Blues Jam. Covers band. Call (023) 9278 0860.

STAGE

PORTSMOUTH: Fisher Hall, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, PO2 8ER. 2.30pm. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A pantomime by Ben Crocker, adapted and Directed by Roger Mitchell. Call 07906 227709 for more information.

lMONDAY

BOOKS
PORTCHESTER: Portchester Library. 7pm. Murder, Mystery and Mayhem with crime author Pauline Rowson. Hear about the inspiration behind the crime novels and how Pauline researches, plots and writes them. Followed by an author Q&A and book signing. Tickets £2.50, available at the library or by calling (023) 9237 0021.

CLASSES

SOUTHSEA: St Swithun’s Church Hall, PO5 2PL. 6pm-8.30pm. Martial arts. Tai Chi 6-7pm and Kung Fu 7-8.30pm. First lesson free. Call 078130 06569 for more information.

DANCING

GOSPORT: Thorngate Hall, Bury Road.

1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2.50 including tea and biscuits.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Dancin’ Fit. To help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted and have a great time getting there. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

EVENTS

COPNOR: North End Baptist Church, Powerscourt Road. 10am-12pm. Copnor Coffee Club. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road. 2pm-4pm. Craft Group. A group for those aged 50 and over to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

COWPLAIN: The Borrow Centre, London Road, PO8 8DB. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Crafty Needles Club. Bring your own craft work and join in with making a special project. All are welcome. £2.50 per session. Tea cakes provided. Call (023) 9261 5916.

FAREHAM: Stubbington Library, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 7.30pm. Christmas quiz. Groups and individuals welcome to register. Tickets £2, available at the library or calling 01329 663332.

PORTSMOUTH: St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport. 7.30pm. Advent Reflections – Being with Creation. To prepare for Advent look at how people resonate with Christ. Including candlelit worship, reflection, and discussion.

PORTSMOUTH: Samaritans, 296 London Road, PO2 9JN. 4.30pm. Christmas lights switch on. With legend ex-goalkeeper Alan Knight.

PORTSMOUTH: JCPF Healing Clinic, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, North End, PO2 7BB. 4pm-7.45pm.

Healing Clinics. Weekly event staffed by trained qualified spiritual healers. No fees, but donations are gratefully received. Call (023) 9269 3169 or e-mail newsdesk@jcpf.co.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 7pm. Funk soul jazz and blues revue. Featuring students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance @ AMP-South Downs College. Ticket £5 in advance, £3 for a student with a valid ID or NUS. Call (023) 9279 7911.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Pompey Pluckers Uke session. Covers band. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

FRATTON: Meet at The Bridge Centre, Fratton, 10.30am. Victoria Park Walk. Buggy and wheelchair friendly walk. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Meet at South Parade Pier. 1pm. Pier to Pier Walk. Ideal for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

SOUTHSEA: Canoe Lake, Memorial where the buses terminate. 1pm. Short Canoe Lake Walk. Slow short walk of 30 minutes. Call (023) 9268 8390.

lTUESDAY

CONCERTS

COSHAM: Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road. 7.15pm. Cosham Keyboard and Music Club Concert. Some members playing easy listening music for all to enjoy. With a music quiz, a raffle and refreshments. Non members £5. All welcome. Call (023) 9237 6313.
DANCING

FAREHAM: Fareham Academy, St Annes Grove, PO14 1JJ. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Ballroom and Latin beginners’ dance class. Tickets £6. Call 07505 191596.

HAYLING ISLAND: Royal British Legion, Hayling Island, PO11 9ES. 8pm. Salsa classes. Learn beginners’ and extended beginners’ salsa with a night of entertainment. With Salsa Synergy UK. Group dances and more. Tickets £6. Call 07850 327174 for more information.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Lee Community Centre, 51 Twyford Drive, PO13 8JU. 9.30am-10.30am. Dancin’ Fit. To help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted and have a great time getting there. £4. Call 07979 800299.

TITCHFIELD: Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Road. 1.30pm-4pm. Tea dance. Admission £2 includes tea and biscuits.

EVENTS

HAVANT: Saint Faiths Church Hall, The Pallant, PO9 1PP. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Solent Male Voice Choir. Seeking new members. Go along and sit in one of the rehearsal evenings. For more details visit smvc.co.uk or contact McAndrew on (023) 9222 1531 or 07736 877506.

HAVANT: Avenue Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, PO9 2RS. 7pm. Bridge Players Wanted. Bridge club needing new members. Meet every Tuesday evening. Beginners are welcome, but some knowledge and experience of bridge is necessary. No need to bring a partner. Open to adults, who can also use the bar area and social club membership. Call 01243 372718 or email angela.nigel.peake@gmail.com.

HILSEA: Howard Road Community Centre, Howard Road, off of Northern Parade. 10.30am-12.30pm. Hilsea Social Group. A chance to meet new people. Group for those aged 50 and over. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT: Methodist Church Hall, High Street. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Lee On The Solent Art Group. Members only Christmas get-together. Accompanied by Spirit of the South’ harmony singers. Group enquiries (023) 9255 0581 or visit lee-on-the-solent-artgroup.yolasite.com.

SOUTHSEA: The White Horse Pub, Southsea Terrace. 2pm-4pm. Southsea Seniors. A chance to meet new people. Group for those aged 50 and over. Call Julie Roberts on (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 7pm. Auckland Superdoodlz! Crafty colouring, doodling, glasspainting, origami and things with glitter. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-6pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GARDENS

CLANFIELD: Petersgate School, Green Lane, PO8 0JU. 7.30pm. Clanfield Gardening Club. Gardeners and growers available to give you advice. For more information contact Margaret Austin on (023) 9264 9042.

WORKSHOPS

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 7pm-9/9.30pm. Floral seaosnal wreath. £35 including mulled wine. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com for more information.

FRATTON: Make & The Craft Kitchen, 1 Cornwall Road. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags. £12. Call (023) 9282 2026 or visit makesouthsea.com for more information.

lWEDNESDAY

CLASSES

SOUTHSEA: St Luke’s Church Hall, PO5 2PL. 7.30pm-9pm. Martial arts. Kung fu. First lesson is free. Call 07813 006569 for more information.

DANCING

FAREHAM: Arty’s at the Coach House. 98 Fareham Road, PO13 0AG. 10.30am-11.30am. Dancin’ Fit. To help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted and have a great time getting there. £4. Call 07979 800299 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: The Royal Beach Hotel. 1pm-4pm. Social dancing. Admission £4.

EVENTS

GOSPORT: The Scout Hut, Clayhall Road. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Dickens and Christmas. Hampshire Genealogical Society, Gosport Group. All welcome. Free for first three visits. Call (023) 9258 5194.

PORTSMOUTH: The Square Tower, Broad Street, PO1 2JE, 7pm–10pm.

Festive sing-along with the Pompey Pluckers. Fundraising event with the Friends of Cumberland House Natural History Museum. Raffle, quiz, and pay-bar is available. Tickets £8 and include a drink and mince pies. Call Liz on 07817 234557.

SOUTHSEA: Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Road. 2pm-4pm. The Natterjacks. A group for those aged 50 and over wanting to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or e-mail julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 1pm. Ukelele lunchtime session. Beginners welcome. Call (023) 9278 0860 for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. See ‘Today’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 10am-6pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS

GOSPORT: Gosport Jazz Club, Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club, Dolphin Crescent, Gosport, PO12 2HE. 8pm-10.30pm. Pedigree Jazz Band. Members £8, guests £10. Booking advisable. Call (023) 9269 3988 or visit gosportjazz.hampshire.org.uk for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

DENMEAD: Meet at Denmead Green. 10.30am. CHA Walking Club walk. Circular walk in the Denmead area. 5/6 miles. Call (023) 9225 4289.

OLD PORTSMOUTH: Meet at the Royal Garrison Church, Grand Parade. 1.30pm. Walk. Taking in the views of the Spinnaker Tower. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTCHESTER: Portchester Castle. 2pm. Walk. Meet in the main castle car park. Suitable for beginners. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Canoe Lake Café, St Helens Parade. 10.30am.

Canoe Lake/Southsea Seafront walk. Through the Rose Garden and Rock Garden, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Meet at The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 10.30am. Baffins Pond/Milton Foreshore walk. Shorter, slower walk to Baffins Pond, ideal for buggies or wheelchairs. Or a longer, faster walk to Milton foreshore. New walkers to arrive early to register. Call (023) 9268 8390.

PORTSMOUTH: Lecture Theatre 1, Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street. 7pm. Apollo Science Stations and more. A personal retrospective. Keith Wright, formerly of European Space agency. Lectures for the general public who are intersted in Science. Visitors are asked to donate £1.50 to cover expenses. Call (023) 9284 2417.

lTHURSDAY

BOOKS
WATERLOOVILLE: Waterlooville Library, 25 The Precinct/London Road. 7.30pm. Festive book-themed quiz. Groups and individuals welcome to register. Tickets £2, available at the library or by calling (023) 9225 2608.

DANCING

GOSPORT: Alverbank Hotel, Alverstoke. 8pm-11pm. Salsa Class. Beginners and extended beginners. Fun and entertainment with Salsa Synergy UK. Group dances and more. Tickets are £6.

Call 07979 800299.

STUBBINGTON: Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, PO14 2PP. 9.30am-10.30am. Dancin’ Fit. To help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted and have a great time getting there. £4. Call 07979 800299.

WATERLOOVILLE: St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Padnell Road, PO8 8DZ. 7pm-8pm & 8pm-9pm. Ballroom and Latin beginners’ dance class. Tickets £6. Call 07505 191596 or visit dancerevival.co.uk for more information.

EVENTS

COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch Club. A fresh homemade lunch and dessert, followed by entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Call (023) 9261 7890 for more information.

COSHAM: Cosham Library, Spur Road, PO6 3EB. 2pm-4pm. Relax with Colouring. For adults. Beat stress and aid relaxation. Drop-in, all materials are provided. Call (023) 9268 8259 for more information.

HAVANT: The Arts Spring & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, PO9 1BS. 7.45pm. The Mystery of Morris Dancing. Peter Gregory will provide some insights into the history of morris dancing, and show some examples of the unsual dances that can be found around England. Peter will be accompanied by his son Tom, a teacher of percussion and a leader of workshops on group drumming and world music. Tickets are £5 from The Spring box office. Visit thespring.co.uk for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-12pm. Chat and tea club. A group for those aged 50 and over wanting to meet new people. Call (023) 9268 8705 or email julie.roberts@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Coffee Shop, Level B of Queen Alexandra Hospital. 10am-4pm. Prints by Sue Meredith. See ‘Tomorrow’ for full details.

PORTSMOUTH: Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB. 9am-5pm. Footsteps to the Square: A reflective journey to Portsmouth Guildhall. See ‘Today’ for full details.

SOUTHSEA: King’s Ship, 96 Marmion Road, PO5 2BB. 12pm-9pm. Legacy. See ‘Today’ for full details.

GIGS

PORTSMOUTH: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, PO4 9PN. Nick Courtney presents Play @ The RMA. With Ben Brookes, Ade Cull, Emma Gattrell and more. Admission free.

SOUTHSEA: Auckland Arms, Netley Road, PO5 3NB. 8.30pm. Debbie C. Jazzy party tunes. Call (023) 9278 0860.

SOUTHSEA: Rosies Vineyard, 87 Elm Grove, PO5 1JF. 8.30pm-11pm. Jazz and carols. Admission free. Call (023) 9275 5944.

MARKETS

EMSWORTH: Emsworth Baptist Church Hall, North Street, PO10 7BY. 10am-11.30pm. Emsworth Country Market.