What’s on for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Here’s what’s on around the area today


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.

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.


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.

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.

PORTSMOUTH: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf. 11am-midday. Mini Makers. Aspex’s workshops for 0-5 year-olds. A chance to get creative and take inspiration from exhibitions and books provided by Portsmouth Libraries. There will also be offers for participants in the Café Bar. Admission £3. Contact (023) 9277 8080 or visit aspex.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH : Buckland Community

Centre, Malins Road, PO2 7BL. 7.15pm-10pm. Healer Training Workshop. For anyone who is interested in learning to qualify as a nationally registered psychic & spiritual healer. Admission £6.

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.


COPNOR: St Cuthbert’s Church, Lichfield Rd entrance. 10am-4pm. Art Exhibition. Part of St. Cuthbert’s centenary celebrations.

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.

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: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ. 10am-5pm. A Hard Choice - Stories behind Portsmouth’s Collections of Art and Design.

Curator Rosalinda Hardiman reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly. Admission free. Contact (023) 9283 4779 or visit portsmouthmuseums.co.uk for more information.

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


PORTSMOUTH: The Auckland Arms, Netley Rd, PO5 3NB. 1pm. Penultimate Uke session. Beginners welcome.


HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS. 7.30pm. Love and Information. Play by Caryl Churchill, presented by the Bench Theatre Company. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information.

SOUTHSEA: Kings Theatre, Albert Road. 7.30pm. Hairspray. Musical by Marc Shaiman, presented by the Portsmouth Players. For bookings and more information contact (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk


EMSWORTH: Meet at Emsworth By-Pass bus stop. 10.10am. C.H.A. Walking Club. Figure of eight walk. Morning via Prinsted, four and a half miles. Afternoon via Westbourne two and a half miles. Phone (023) 9225 4289 for further details.

HAVANT: Warblington School Drama Studio, Southleigh Road, PO9 2RR. 7.30pm. From source to sea: A journey down a chalk river. Talk by Graham Roberts, organised by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Admission £2.50.

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.