What’s on around the area today
HORNDEAN: Merchistoun Hall, London Road, Horndean. 2-4pm. Teadance. With sequence dances and some ballroom. Admission £2.50 which includes refreshments. (023) 9226 6177.
COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch club.
Fresh homemade lunch and dessert. Entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Contact (023) 9261 7890 for more information
COSHAM: Cosham Conservative Club Function Room, Spur Road, PO6 3DY. 7.30-11pm. Club-50 disco. Golden oldies and disco classics from the last six decades with Denis Kaye. All welcome. Admission: £4 members, £5 guests. (023) 9225 1958 or club-50.co.uk
EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10-11.30am. Emsworth country market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meat, eggs, plants and crafts. Refreshments available.
FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. New age kurling. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.
FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. Friendship club. A different activity each week. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.
Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. 4pm-5pm. Havant drama group. Led by theatre professionals from Chichester Festival Theatre, for children in school years four to seven (between the ages of eight and 12). £35 per term. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
NORTH END: The Learning Place, Derby Road. 10am-midday. Social group meeting. Offering friendship and activities. £2 admission. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more information.
PORTSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 2-3pm. Theatre tours. Learn the history of The Old Beneficial School on one of Groundlings’ historical tours. The guided tours include illustrated talks by professional costumed actors taking you through the sights and sounds of this Georgian school. The open day is to raise money for a new lighting system. Admission £5. Contact (023) 9273 7370.
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. Contact (023) 9284 1762 or visit email@example.com for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: The Lodge, Anchorage Park, Sywell Crescent. 9.30 – 11.30am. 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 for non confident or vulnerable families. Call (023) 9283 2926 or visit ctlib.org.uk
SOUTHSEA: Trinity Methodist Church, Albert Road. 10am-midday. Thursday chat and tea club. Come along for tea, cake and a warm welcome. Admission £2. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.
PORTSMOUTH: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, PO2 7BL. 7.15-10pm. Healer training evening clinic. A practical hands-on healing development session. Admission £6. Contact 07989 534673 for information.
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. Haslar Hospital – The Splendour and Decline. With the Haslar building currently awaiting renovation, Philip Woolway ARPS photographically captures it in its current state. Admission free.
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. Castle Road: Exhibition. This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between the 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. 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: 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: 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 for more information about this exhibition.
SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library, 19-21 Palmerston Road, PO5 3QQ. 9.30am-5pm. Arthur and George Exhibition. A joint exhibition from The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at Portsmouth City Council and the forthcoming ITV production in which Martin Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Admission free. Contact (023) 9281 9311 or visit conandoylecollection.co.uk for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2DJ. 7pm. Mr Turner (12A). An exploration of the last quarter century of the great British painter J.M.W Turner. He travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. 2hr29mins. Tickets £6. Contact 07528 808400 for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 7pm. Inherent Vice (15). Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Private detective Doc Sportello is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, and the property magnate she’s been fooling around with in late ’60s California. Adult tickets £8, £6.50 for students and seniors. Call 074350 29408 for more.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. 6.30pm. Soundsational. A platform to showcase the talents of the many musicians in Portsmouth’s schools and colleges. Tickets £5, concessions £3, children £1.Visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information
SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Rd, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Play@The RMA. Live music from Andy Williams, Sean Parker, Marley Blandford, Kelvin Jones and more. Broadcasting live at thursdaymusic.co.uk
SOUTHSEA: The Fat Fox, Albert Road. Live music. Sister Ray, We Capture Kings, Komaro, and The StayAwakes. Admission £3.
FAREHAM: Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road. 7.30pm. Oliver. Musical by Fareham musical society. Contact 01329 231942 for more details.
HAYLING ISLAND: Station Theatre, Station Road. 7.45pm. Wife After Death. Comedy by Eric Chappell. Performed by HIADS. Contact (023) 9246 6363 for information.
PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. 8pm. Hedda Gabbler. Returning from her honeymoon and already bored with her marriage, Hedda finds herself caught between the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Loevborg and the clutches of the predatory Judge Brack. Adult tickets £10, concessions £8. Performed by award winning Groundlings Adult Drama School. Contact (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for information and bookings.
WALKS & TALKS
HILSEA: Meet at Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. Hilsea Lines walk. Uneven footpaths of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team. Walks take place regardless of the weather so wear suitable footwear.
Contact Paula Day on (023) 9284 1762 for more information.
PORTSEA: Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, PO1 3BS. World War I Talk and Tour. 10.30am and 1pm. Local historian, battlefield guide and broadcaster Charles Haskell will talk about WW1 fighting during 1914-1918 giving details of the people, triumphs and blunders, illustrated with many artefacts recovered from Flanders Fields. Tickets £5. Contact (023) 9273 7370 for more information.