Free tickets for We Can Do It awards

Portsmouth Grammar School pupils perform Mack and Mabel at the We Can Do It awards at the Kings Theatre last year.
Portsmouth Grammar School pupils perform Mack and Mabel at the We Can Do It awards at the Kings Theatre last year.

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There are now just over three weeks to go until this year’s eagerly-anticipated We Can Do It awards night at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

The event, which starts at 3pm on Sunday November 2, is the culmination of our year-long coverage of kind-hearted groups, businesses and individuals who have carried out amazing work in their communities.

On the first Friday of every month, we’ve featured nominations of people and organisations going above and beyond to achieve and help others.

We’ve put them into 10 different categories that highlight the very best of community spirit.

The shortlist of six for each of the categories – Personal Achievement, Best Art/Community Project, Best Business, Spirit of Youth, Best Volunteer, Best School, Best Garden, Care of the Environment, Best Street and Service With A Smile – has already been drawn up.

We’re delighted that once again we have Wave 105 presenter Steve Power as compere.

He says: ‘The show is going to be brilliant. The awards are a great way to recognise unsung heroes in the community and Wave 105 is privileged to be part of the event.’

He adds: ‘There is also some great entertainment lined up, so the whole event should be fantastic.’

Pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School will be performing an extract from Kiss Me, Kate and our Instant Star 2014 talent contest winner Lucy Simmonds (see page three), will also be on stage.

Dancers from the Boyle O’Dowda Academy of Irish Dance complete the entertainment line-up.

The awards ceremony is being sponsored by Colas and all those who are shortlisted, plus friends and family, are invited to attend.

Free tickets are also available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve yours, call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 or e-mail

Pupils to grace the stage again

Performing once again at the We Can Do It awards ceremony will be pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School.

Last year, students graced the stage with an extract from their production of Mack and Mabel (pictured above).

This year they will be back to perform an extract from Kiss Me, Kate.

Sally Filho, director of drama at the school, says: ‘I am delighted that Year 13 pupil Emma Read and Year 11 pupils Rory Greenwood and Robert Merriam will be performing a sneak preview from our upcoming musical Kiss Me, Kate.

‘This wonderful Cole Porter creation, which deservedly won the first Tony Award for Best Musical, is on at the Kings Theatre from November 27-29.’

She adds: ‘Emma will be regaling us with the title character’s declaration I Hate Men, whilst the gentlemen portray two Chicago gangsters reminding everyone to Brush Up Your Shakespeare.’

‘The pupils are very excited about this indeed. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of the We Can Do It Awards.’

The shortlist


Dave Waterman from Gosport

Roy Smithard from Portsmouth

Stephen Ayling from Portsmouth

Danny Glavin from Portsmouth

Simon Bennett from Portsmouth

Theresa Light from Gosport


Morrisons in Horndean

Ideal Window Solutions in Fareham

White Hart Pub in Gosport

Luvvit Want It in Bishop’s Waltham

Coffin Mew in Portsmouth

Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth


Clanfield Parish Institute

Maddie Wallace from Portsmouth

Henry Cort School in Fareham

Big World Impact in Havant

Jennifer Burbridge from Portsmouth

Bay House School in Gosport


Ethan Riou from Waterlooville

Sophie Mortimore from Lee-on-the-Solent

Callum and Liam Robinson from Gosport

Kiran Merrick from Denmead

Ryan Armstrong from Portsmouth

Alex Hannard from Fareham


Malcolm Garbutt from Havant

Ron Jacobs from Portsmouth

Chris Davage from Cowplain

Nanette Crickmore from Portsmouth

Dennis Meadus from Fareham

Harry Budden from Gosport


Flame Youth Group in Fareham

Clare Seek from Portsmouth

Big Green Leaf Project in Portsmouth

One Stop in Waterlooville

Chantelle Barry from Portsmouth

Landport and Somers Town Park


Denmead Infant School

St Alban’s Primary School in Havant

Ranvilles Infant School in Fareham

Alverstoke Infant School in Gosport

Solent Infant School in Portsmouth

St John the Baptist Primary School in Titchfield


Castle Road in Portsmouth

Rowlands Castle

Allens Road in Portsmouth


Fleet End Road in Fareham

Rona Place in Gosport


Wicor Primary School in Fareham

Boundary Oak School in Fareham

Fareham Borough Council

Southsea Greenhouse

Ranvilles Infant School in Fareham

Titchfield Haven


St Leonard’s Rest Home in Hayling Island

Southsea Coffee Company

Kasia Urban from Fareham

Jeannette Luczkowski from Waterlooville

The Woodpecker Pub in Waterlooville

Sue Ryder in Gosport