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Explore magical Christmas traditions through time at Petworth this festive season

Published on 7th Dec 21

 

Christmas at Petworth: Saturday 27 November 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022, 10:30am-3:30pm, includes Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail Saturday 4 December to Monday 3 January, 10am-3.30pm (closed 24 and

Santa and his Elves will be out and about

Published on 3rd Dec 21

 

Thankfully we find ourselves on the downhill run to Christmas! The Meon Valley Lions Club is well advanced with planning Santa’s tour of the Meon Valley villages

VisitEngland Awards Chawton House ‘Hidden Gem’ Accolade for the Third Year

Published on 29th Nov 21

 

Chawton House, Hampshire, November 2021. VisitEngland has announced that Chawton House has won a ‘Hidden Gem’ award as part of their 2020-2021 Visitor Attraction Accolades for the third year in a row. 

Christmas at Chawton House

Published on 26th Nov 21

 

Chawton House reopens for the festive season celebrating Christmas traditions of days gone by.  

 

Win big this Christmas at Gunwharf Quays

Published on 24th Nov 21

 

Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth is offering guests the chance to win big this Christmas with a Santa sack full of prizes.

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose to receive £327,652 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recover

Published on 23rd Nov 21

 

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including Portsmouth’s Mary Rose in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Help someone this winter with a reverse advent calendar

Published on 23rd Nov 21


Winter can be a difficult time for everyone – especially the many families around us who struggle on a daily basis of ensuring their families have enough to eat. 
 

Hampshire Fare Returns to Winchester's Christmas Market

Published on 22nd Nov 21

 

Hampshire Fare, the county food and drink group, is returning to Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market, taking over a chalet from 5th to 22nd December.

Portsmouth Choral Union, Fauré Requiem

Published on 15th Nov 21

 

Portsmouth Choral Union and David Gostick were so pleased to be back performing live that they began by applauding the audience. They deservedly got that back with interest at the end.

Magical moments at Port Solent’s Festival of Christmas

Published on 8th Nov 21

 

Festive fun will be top of the wish list when Port Solent welcomes visitors to its fantastic

Festival of Christmas.

Panto favourites return to Theatre Royal Winchester

Published on 27th Oct 21

 

Theatre Royal Winchester’s panto favourites, Julian Eardley, Ed Thorpe, and Libby Gore are set to return later this year in the theatre’s traditional family pantomime, Aladdin.

Join us for our Winter Wonderland Walk and Christmas Fair in the delightful grounds of Southwick Est

Published on 25th Oct 21

 

Rowans Hospice Charity is continuing on its long road to recovery following the difficulties caused by the Pandemic, in the last 18 months.

Beaulieu announces new Bond exhibition for No Time To Die

Published on 14th Oct 21

 

Beaulieu is set to launch Bond in Motion – No Time To Die, a new exhibition featuring the iconic cars, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 film.

Gothic Season at Chawton House

Published on 14th Oct 21

 

Chawton House launches a special programme of events celebrating all things Gothic 

THE RISE OF THE SOBER-STAR: TEN ALCOHOL-FREE CELEBS

Published on 12th Oct 21

 

Every year October comes around and people across the world look to better their bodies and minds, by saying no to the booze, and yes to the health kick! Sober October can be the gateway to becoming comp

Gunwharf Quays welcomes back the Jobs Fair, with many exciting roles available!

Published on 4th Oct 21

 

Running since 2017, Gunwharf Quays is welcoming back its highly successful Jobs Fair, working with the Portsmouth JobsCentre.

Gunwharf Quays to host exclusive Student Night, sponsored by Coca Cola Zero

Published on 27th Sep 21

 

Student Night will be returning to Gunwharf Quays from 5-9pm on Thursday 7th October and includes discounts, freebies, giveaways and more – from big name brands including AllSaints, Calvin Klein and Vans.

Petersfield mother runs London Marathon to honour paralysed nephew

Published on 21st Sep 21

 

Emma-Jo Jones, a mother of two from Petersfield, is about to take on her first-ever marathon on Sunday October 3rd.

SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD ON THE MENU AT LOCAL PRODUCE SHOW

Published on 20th Sep 21

 

The value of sourcing sustainable seafood from the Solent will be taking centre stage at this month’s Local Produce Trade Show (30th September, Ageas Bowl, Southampton) with Tim Ferrero, Project Manager, Hampshire & Isle o

Walkers take strides to raise money

Published on 16th Sep 21

 

Volunteers and charities took to the streets of Petersfield on Saturday to carry out the 2021 Charity Walk for Peace. 

Rowans Hospice Charity, Great South Run places still available

Published on 16th Sep 21

 

As we emerge from the last 18 months and all that has resulted from the Pandemic, the Rowans Hospice Charity faces a difficult period to recover from the significant financial constraints and seeks to find ways to generate income for the Charity.  

Volunteers turn verges into wildflower gardens

Published on 7th Sep 21

 

Small patches of land owned by East Hampshire District Council can be turned into havens of wildflowers and pollinating insects, thanks to a new scheme. 

Rowans Hospice Charity - Make-A-Will fortnight

Published on 2nd Sep 21

 

Make-A-Will fortnight - Ever thought you should make your Will but not sure where to start?

Siren call to have fun at Port Solent’s 999 Day

Published on 26th Aug 21

 

Port Solent will be on red alert for summer holiday fun with the return of its popular 999 Day on Saturday 4 September.

Gunwharf Quays to host The British Street Food Awards

Published on 24th Aug 21

 

Gunwharf Quays is partnering with The British Street Food Awards to host the Southern heats of the competition at the South Coast’s biggest outlet shopping destination

Nellie the fish swims back to Hayling shores

Published on 17th Aug 21

 

A six-metre fish has returned to Hayling Island to collected plastic bottles and metal cans.

Engaging new drain art project highlights the impact of littering on the environment

Published on 12th Aug 21

 

A colourful new art project has been launched in Emsworth, Hampshire, targeting littering on our streets.

EMSWORTH ARTS TRAIL RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!

Published on 9th Aug 21

 

Emsworth Arts Trail is back for 2021 with a new date in the Calendar!  There is extra reason to celebrate the return of the trail this year- it’s 20 years since the first Emsworth Arts Trail. 

Atten-tion! HBC granted silver award for its support of the Armed Forces

Published on 5th Aug 21

 

Councillors and officers from Havant Borough Council will be proud to receive an award for its support for the Armed Forces. 

South Downs Youth Action returns in 2021

Published on 23rd Jul 21

 

PHEW! It's been a long wait, but this year we're back with a programme of South Downs Youth Action days in the National Park.

Rowans Hospice Charity Summer Raffle “Could you be one of our lucky Winners?”

Published on 22nd Jul 21

 

As we emerge from the measures and restrictions enforced because of COVID-19, the Charity is beginning the long road to recovery after the devastating financial losses caused by the Pandemic.

News from Meon Valley Lions Club

Published on 14th Jul 21

 

BBQ in the Park – Saturday 11th September

Rowans Hospice Charity: Moon and Stars Memories Walk

Published on 30th Jun 21

 

“Registration is now open” Rowans Hospice Charity is delighted to announce the Moon & Stars Memories Walk being held on 31 July at Castle Field, Portsmouth.

Meon Valley Lions news

Published on 28th Jun 21

 

BBQ in the Park – Saturday 11th September

Alton celebrates its brewing heritage, local beer and supports its independent pubs with a brand-new

Published on 22nd Jun 21

 

 The Alton Beer Mile & Market will be taking place on Saturday 3rd July in the Market Square and participating pubs around Alton.

HAMPSHIRE FARE UNVEIL NEW CREST TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Published on 21st Jun 21

 

Hampshire Fare have launched an exclusive, bespoke crest to celebrate the county food, drink and craft group’s 30th anniversary.

The Final Straw Foundation is back cleaning our beaches, and it needs your help.

Published on 21st Jun 21

 

Emsworth-based environmental charity the Final Straw Foundation is calling on volunteers to get involved as it celebrated its first official beach clean up post-Covid.

Rowans Ride, Your Ride-Your Way

Published on 10th Jun 21

 

Rowans Hospice Charity invites all cyclists to take part in Rowans Ride, Your Ride-Your Way

England Internationals on course at Blackmoor Golf Club as the Senior Men’s Stroke Play Championsh

Published on 2nd Jun 21

 

As the English Senior Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship gets underway at Blackmoor Golf Club this week, the current national champion, Rupert Kellock believes concentration levels will hold the key to a successful defence of the title.

Chiswick Flower Market celebrates British Flowers Week

Published on 1st Jun 21

 

British Flowers Week in June celebrates the beauty and variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants, as well as the florists, growers and wholesalers who make it all possible.

Rowans Hospice Charity invites all garden lovers

Published on 25th May 21

 

Rowans Hospice Charity invites all garden lovers to show-case   their garden by entering our Rowans Summer Garden Contest 1 – 30 June 2021

Hayling is flagged up for a prestigious award

Published on 24th May 21

 

Once again, the seafront of Hayling Island has been awarded Blue Flag status by Keep Britain Tidy, The area, known locally as Central Beachlands, retained the prestigious Blue Flag, for another year.

MSC VIRTUOSA ARRIVES IN SOUTHAMPTON, READY TO RESTART CRUISING IN UK

Published on 13th May 21

 

MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, MSC Virtuosa, has arrived in Southampton, her homeport for the summer, ready to restart cruising in UK

Rowans Hospice Charity: Make an Epic Leap 2021

Published on 10th May 21

 

The Rowans Hospice Charity is looking for thrill-seeking daredevils to make an epic and adrenaline-fuelled 13,000ft tandem skydive!

Alton Walking and Cycling Festival 2021 - Time to dig out your walking shoes and you bike

Published on 26th Apr 21

 

 As part of Alton Town Council’s 2021 events programme, we are pleased to be able to stage the ever popular Walking Festival during the month of May.

BARN-STORE ALTON AND THE LAVENDER FIELDS CHARITY CAMPAIGN - RED 35

Published on 22nd Apr 21

 

This year is the 35th anniversary of the devastating Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster on 26th April 1986. It contaminated Belarus and Ukraine, but also affected vast areas of Europe, and these communities are still suffering the ongoing effects.

Meon Valley Lions

Published on 19th Apr 21

 

March 2020

On your marks… get set… BAKE!

Published on 6th Apr 21

 

Rowans Hospice Charity launches latest fundraising initiative ‘Rowans’ Great BIG Bake Off’. A virtual bake-off proudly supported and judged by Dave Friday, Finalist in the iconic Great British Bake Off 2020.

Rowans Hospice Charity joins forces with Local Hospice Lottery to raise £1.8 million over the next

Published on 31st Mar 21

 

Rowans Hospice is delighted to announce its brand new partnership with Local Hospice Lottery which aims to raise over £1.8 million towards local Hospice care in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire over the next five years alone.

How the UK’s largest community theatre is inspiring our future performers

Published on 22nd Mar 21

 

Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT) is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust (GFM), with the launch of a two-year post-16 BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts this September.

HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKETS WINS NATIONAL FARM RETAIL AWARD

Published on 15th Mar 21

 

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets has won Farmers’ Market of the Year in a national award ceremony which celebrates the very best of the farm retail industry.

Rock Your Socks with Portsmouth DSA

Published on 11th Mar 21

 

 Down Syndrome Awareness Week: Monday 15th – Sun 21st March 2021 World Down Syndrome Day: Sun 21st March 2021

Rowans Hospice Charity launches Online Auction

Published on 11th Mar 21

 

Rowans Hospice Charity launches Online Auction with highly coveted and exclusive money-can’t-buy ‘lots’ worth bidding on.

The Emsworth Artists Spring Art Exhibition Online

Published on 1st Mar 21

 

“The Emsworth Artists Spring Art Exhibition Online”-live online from 27th March until 10th April

Hampshire crematoria support local hospital unit

Published on 28th Feb 21

 

Two Hampshire crematoria have donated a total of £10,000 to Southampton Hospitals Charity in support of the Respiratory Care Fund at University Hospital Southampton which conducts vital research into sarcoidosis.

Meon Valley Lions - Helping local schools

Published on 15th Feb 21

 

Following the brilliant response Meon Valley Lions Club had to its Christmas collections, it was decided to donate the monies raised to help students from local schools who are struggling.

Rowans Hospice Charity launches virtual talent show Rowans’ Got Talent

Published on 9th Feb 21

 

Boosting spirits and entertaining the community, Rowans Hospice Charity launches virtual talent show Rowans’ Got Talent despite a third national lockdown.

The perfect gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or bestie this Valentine’s Day.

Published on 2nd Feb 21

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to think about all of those people who deserve a little love.

Transport to Vaccination Appointments Available Through Community First

Published on 25th Jan 21

 

Havant Borough residents who need help getting to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment can now book transport through Hampshire charity Community First.

“I have loved and been in love. There is a big difference.” - Katharine Hepburn

Published on 25th Jan 21

 

Him & Me – The Tracy & Hepburn Story is a new play by Charly Armstrong and Dan Scott, the latest production to be streamed by Titchfield Festival Theatre. It tells the interesting story of the relationship between actors Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Lights, camera, action: Titchfield Festival Theatre to stream their shows during lockdown

Published on 14th Jan 21

 

2021 may have started with theatres closed to the public, however for Titchfield Festival Theatre the new year is full of opportunity. In spite of the current restrictions, the theatre is expanding further its streaming of shows, ensuring that existing patrons and new

Customers show exceptional kindness at Christmas

Published on 14th Jan 21

 

With thousands of pounds raised for charity and more than a tonne of goods donated to local food banks, Southern Co-op is thanking its customers and colleagues for their generosity this Christmas.

National lockdown - Stay at home

Published on 5th Jan 21

 

Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a third national lockdown for the whole of England. 

Welcome to the New Year and a New YOU!

Published on 5th Jan 21

 

The Rowans Hospice Charity calls on supporters to kick off a healthy new year in style

Body Fitness Camp And Their Clients Spread Some Early Christmas Cheer To Petersfield Food bank

Published on 4th Jan 21

 

Local fitness business owner Mark Allen founder of Body Fitness Camp in Petersfield has been busy this festive period not only keeping their clients fit and healthy in the current climate but extending that help to their wider community.

Renaissance Choir defeat lockdown bringing joy to Rowans Hospice Charity’s Christmas

Published on 15th Dec 20

 

In times of darkness, The Renaissance Choir defeat the lockdown odds by bringing festive joy and light through music and song to the Rowans Hospice Charity’s Christmas Message

500 JOLLY SANTAS WANTED NOW for the South Coast’s biggest and jolliest virtual Festive Fun Run!

Published on 9th Dec 20

The Meon Valley Lions Club

Published on 9th Dec 20

 

The Meon Valley Lions Club were pleased to make a special delivery to the Foodbanks just to bring a little extra smile for those receiving deliveries this Christmas.

Giant Christmas Charity Market - CANCELLED

Published on 30th Nov 20

 

Unfortunately, the Giant Christmas Charity Market which was due to be held at Petersfield town hall on 5th December has had to be cancelled this year.

From 2 December East Hampshire will be in coronavirus TIER 2 – HIGH ALERT

Published on 30th Nov 20

 

From 2 December East Hampshire will be in coronavirus TIER 2 – HIGH ALERT

Following the government’s announcement of tiered restrictions that will be in place from the end of current national restrictions (2 December), East Hampshire will be in coronavirus TIER 2 – HIGH ALERT.

Stay safe, shop local with Free After Three in Petersfield

Published on 30th Nov 20

 

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has teamed up with Petersfield Town Council to make Swan Street car park ‘Free After Three’ this December.

Meet the 5 alpacas on Hayling Island

Published on 21st Nov 20

 

New Alpaca keeper Wendy is a local Hayling Island resident, having lived on the Island all her life in the same house her father built.

Movember - Supporting Men's Mental & Physical Health

Published on 18th Nov 20

 

 Leading charity Movember exists to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives - making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Making a big difference .. what its all about!

Published on 13th Nov 20

 

Meon Valley Lions secured funding of £4,395 from a generous benefactor to buy a Smartdrive ‘Power wheel add on’ to power up the wheelchair of a young lady in Bishops Waltham, this is life changing. 

Westquay names ten local charities that will receive a share of £20,000 donation

Published on 13th Nov 20

 

Westquay Shopping Centre has revealed the ten charities that have been awarded a grant through its Giving Back Project. Launched in August, the Giving Bac

Fragrance house, Bustle & Bertie team up with Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association

Published on 1st Nov 20

 


Fragrance house, Bustle & Bertie are proud to team up with Hampshire charity Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association to launch their special Christmas candle, with a percentage of the sales being donated to the charity. 
 

Made in Lockdown: a new exhibition at Chawton House

Published on 29th Oct 20

 

Chawton House launches a special exhibition featuring items made by volunteers over Lockdown for November’s ‘Craft Month’


 

News from Meon Valley Lions Club

Published on 26th Oct 20

 

Here's the latest news from Meon Valley Lions Club, with everything happening this Autumn, and dates for your diary...

Titchfield Festival Theatre: COVID secure and continuing to entertain the South Coast

Published on 26th Oct 20

 

The award of significant funding to Titchfield Festival Theatre  (TFT) as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) is a huge step forward, according to Kevin Fraser, Artistic Director and Chair of the Trustees. The money, which will fund stage and other equipment, enables TFT to contin

We're fundraising and need your help

Published on 7th Oct 20

 

Throughout lockdown and beyond, lonely, isolated and insecure people in our community have found comfort and companionship in our community radio service.

Rowans Hospice virtual Moon & Stars Memories Walk

Published on 1st Oct 20

 

“Put your best foot forward by joining our Moon & Stars Memories Walk for our COVID-19 Appeal”, the Rowans Hospice Charity calls on walkers of all ages for their help.

Capture the enchanting beauty of autumn in the National Park

Published on 22nd Sep 20

 

Golden caramel fields, rusty red leaves, purple heathers and gorgeous pink sunsets – all the spectacular colours that make autumn special.

Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers at Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association!

Published on 22nd Sep 20

 

Like many charities, Portsmouth DSA relies heavily on volunteers who generously donate their time and expertise on a regular basis.  

Meon Valley Lions - Out and about in your area

Published on 21st Sep 20

 

Meon Valley Lions were getting concerned about our lack of visibility in the community over recent months.  Did everyone know we were out there to help those in need at this difficult time?  Never being a group to shy away from a challenge, we have run a programme of communication sessions in our loc

Food Bank Fund

Published on 14th Sep 20

 

It is a challenging time for everyone at the moment and the current pandemic has bought a lot of uncertainty to thousands of families in the UK, which has triggered an unprecedented rise in foodbank use. 

He shaved the faces of gentlemen, who were never thereafter heard of again.

Published on 3rd Sep 20

 

How can you find creative ways of killing someone without being too close? That has been the challenge of the cast and directors of Sondheim’s celebrated musical Sweeney Todd, which opens next week, with Titchfield Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Kevin Fraser promising a new “post Covid” style

Dame Judi Dench backs Play to the Crowd’s Survival Appeal

Published on 28th Aug 20

 

This week, national treasure and theatre royalty, Dame Judi Dench, sent a message of support to Play to the Crowd – the arts and education charity which runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers towards their Survival Fundraisin

Stay local with Chawton House this late summer

Published on 26th Aug 20

 

Escape to Chawton House, your local get away.

 

Chawton House, Hampshire, August 2020.

See out the last of the long summer days in the beautiful setting of Chawton House. With a Country Fair, Sunday Picnics, Parkland Breakfasts, September Sunsets and brand

Death is the solution to all problems, No man, No problem.

Published on 25th Aug 20

 

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. This play shines a light on human nature and our frailties: the lust for power, the consequences of greed, ambition and revenge … as well as love. This month, Macbeth makes a welcome return to the Titchfield stage as the Bard at the Barn season continues

PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD – POST COVID COLLABORATION BRINGS REVITALISED NEW OFFER FOR REOPENING

Published on 7th Aug 20

 

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and the Mary Rose (MR) are delighted to announce that they are coming together in collaboration to deliver a new and revitalised offer for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visitors, when they reopen together on 24 August 2020. This will include a new joint tick

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose shortlisted for national award for its lockdown activities

Published on 5th Aug 20

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home, it was announced last week

If you prick us, do we not bleed?

Published on 3rd Aug 20

 

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. A mix of comedy, romance and drama, the play contains many themes that resonate to this day, such as antisemitism and the treatment of people of different races. This August, The Merchant of Venice returns to the Great Barn in Titchf

Theatre Royal Winchester’s Cafe Bar signs up to Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Published on 28th Jul 20

 

Theatre Royal Winchester’s Cafe Bar has signed up to be part of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme during the month of August. Customers will be able to enjoy 50% off all food and soft drinks that are ‘eaten in’ on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.<

Why we should all eat south east seafood and where you can get it

Published on 14th Jul 20

 

With some of the UK’s most famous and beautiful coastline, the waters of south east England serve up not only a treat for tourists, but some of the best seafood in the country.

 

Frankie and Johnny: One night in New York, a poignant funny and bittersweet comedy

Published on 9th Jul 20

 

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a heart-warming, funny, smart and wonderfully raw story. It is also the first play to mark the reopening of Titchfield Festival Theatre - and streamed live.

FRESH START EAGERLY ANTICIPATED

Published on 7th Jul 20

 

Nine local artists are eagerly anticipating their first exhibition since lockdown.  The Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester is hosting a two-week display of mixed media works.  Initially, they feared the show was cancelled but now they can open as planned on Tuesday 14th July for two weeks.

Butser Ancient Farm to reopen as new goat kids are born!

Published on 29th Jun 20

 

Butser Ancient Farm is delighted to confirm it will be reopening to once again welcome visitors, for selected days and times, from Saturday 4th July 2020.

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Published on 22nd Jun 20

 

The annual Armed Forces Day will be marked in the borough of Havant from Monday 22 June when a specially commissioned flag will be flown outside the Public Service Plaza.

Get advice during Covid 19, from Citizens Advice, Havant.

Published on 19th Jun 20

We are not open for Face to face advice, but help is still available...

Meon Valley Lions in lockdown

Published on 15th Jun 20

 

Despite being in lockdown the Lions have continued to support the local community and still continue with the day to day business of the Club. 

“Help us through difficult times”

Published on 9th Jun 20

 

the Rowans Hospice Charity calls on supporters, corporate partners and the local community for their help.

Know anyone that needs support?

Published on 3rd Jun 20

 

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak a huge effort has been made by councils, community groups and volunteers to make sure no-one is left without the supplies they need.

East Hampshire District Council trying to make sure no-one is missing out on the available help.

Titchfield Festival Theatre to launch new live streaming productions

Published on 1st Jun 20

 

Theatre doors across the country are currently closed, with increasing concern as to the future financial viability of entertainment venues. However, despite the significant challenges facing the performing arts, Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT) has announced plans to protect its patrons when the doors

Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station calls on all to stay safe

Published on 1st Jun 20

 

 

 

With the lockdown rules being relaxed to enable sailors and swimmers to use the beaches and Chichester Harbour, we hope all users follow the Government guidelines.

A Little Act of Kindness Goes A Long Way…

Published on 14th May 20

 

What small act could you make to create a kinder world?

 

This is the question local charity Inclusion Hampshire are asking as part of their ’Little act of Kindness  Pledge’, to help promote mental health and well-being.

Heart Research UK - Healthy Tips - Activity at home for older adults

Published on 12th May 20

 

At a time when the population is being asked to stay at home, finding ways to keep active can be challenging. Regular physical activity is strongly associated with a reduction in chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as improving mental health.

Could you clear out clothes for charity?

Published on 11th May 20

 

We all have outfits in the wardrobe that we simply won’t wear.... and many have time right now to clear them out, bag them up and - we hope - donate them to a great cause.

VE DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY FRIDAY 8 MAY, 2020

Published on 7th May 20

 

On Friday 8 May the nation celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE Day when Nazi Germany formally surrendered to the Allied Forces bringing an end to the war in Europe.

Beyond clapping for the NHS

Published on 4th May 20

 

Local financial advisor, Ian Batterbee, of Better Wealth Management, wants to go beyond clapping for NHS staff after the loss of his mother to COVID 19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - support is available to help keep Hampshire mentally well

Published on 28th Apr 20

Looking after your mental health is more important than ever, urges Hampshire County Council as many of our lives change beyond recognition during the coronavirus pandemic.

Physical activity for adults while staying at home - Advice from Heart Research UK

Published on 24th Apr 20

At a time when gyms are closed and the population is being asked to stay at home, finding ways to keep active can be challenging.

Local Wildlife Trust’s new initiatives to connect people with nature

Published on 20th Apr 20

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched new initiatives to keep people connected with nature while restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19 are in place. 

Ditcham Park School supports frontline NHS staff and international research teams

Published on 16th Apr 20

Staff working in the science labs, design and technology classrooms and IT have all helped to support the national COVID-19 response.

Emsworth couple create pioneering audio biography service

Published on 15th Apr 20

Emsworth couple have created a pioneering audio biography service so that families are able to record their experiences and memories.

 

Hampshire Libraries celebrate a stand-out week - a 770% increase in new digital library users

Published on 14th Apr 20

Hampshire County Council is reporting an unprecedented rise in digital library use, as people who live, work and study in Hampshire are turning to the library service for access to books during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Langham Brewery: Keep Going. Keep Safe.

Published on 9th Apr 20

Langham Brewery - situated in the South Downs National Park between Lodsworth and Petworth - have found themselves adapting positively to the changes imposed by Covid 19. The brewery is offering a Home Delivery Service and has opened a Brewery Drive-Through.  

Titchfield Festival Theatre looks ahead

Published on 6th Apr 20

This year’s New Play Season at Titchfield Festival Theatre was a huge success, with five new plays and a brand new adaptation of a classic performed and audiences increasing by 45%. 

New helpline launched for vulnerable people

Published on 3rd Apr 20

A new helpline has been launched for frail and vulnerable residents to call if they need help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen to essential Petersfield information every morning!

Published on 2nd Apr 20

Local to Petersfield? Listen to essential Petersfield information every morning at www.petersfieldradio.uk or search petersfield on any podcast app - or scan the PR code. Keep informed!

Winchester Distillery celebrates Hampshire Heroes

Published on 31st Mar 20

Communities throughout Hampshire have been doing an incredible job over the last couple of weeks, pulling together more than ever to support those in need. 

Gunwharf vowes to make shopping experience more autism-friendly

Published on 30th Mar 20

To mark the recent World Autism Week, Gunwharf Quays has vowed to become more autism-friendly within its retail experience.

Why not give our Crossword a try?

Published on 25th Mar 20

Bored at home? or self-isolating due to current circumstances? why not take this opportunity to test your knowledge and entertain yourself with this month’s crossword, simply print off and enjoy!

Brain-Teasers for you to enjoy at home!

Published on 25th Mar 20

Keep your mind active this month, while you’re at home, with these brainteasers!

Give our Puzzle Page a go!

Published on 25th Mar 20

If you need something to keep you occupied due to current circumstances, why not take this opportunity to check out our puzzle page!

How to protect your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

Published on 24th Mar 20

The mental health implications of the pandemic will impact everyone differently, and clinical psychologists at Flow Neuroscience have offered a guide to support and manage one’s mental health and those of others during these times...

It's Quiz time! Keep your brain active!

Published on 20th Mar 20

If you’re spending more time at home or self isolating due to current circumstances, why not take this opportunity to bond with one another, or simply entertain yourself... Why not give our quiz a go and keep your brain active!

Help a neighbour! Self-isolating slips

Published on 20th Mar 20

Please feel free to print these self-isolating slips if you would like to help out a neighbour!

Providing critical services for Hampshire residents during the Coronavirus outbreak

Published on 19th Mar 20

Hampshire County Council has emphasised its priority will be on providing critical services for Hampshire residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Volunteers plant more than 300 trees in Waterlooville

Published on 18th Mar 20

GREEN fingered volunteers have planted hundreds of new trees in Waterlooville as part of Winchester City Council’s pledge to improve the environment and tackle the climate emergency.

Clanfield Village Coffee Morning - Help for Heroes

Published on 17th Mar 20

Studio A of the Clanfield Community Centre had never been fuller than on Tuesday 4th February when Allen Parton spoke at the monthly Village Coffee Morning about his life and his adoption by Assistance Dog Endal.

Havant Council plan to build 200 new homes around Public Service Plaza

Published on 17th Mar 20

Havant Borough Council has unveiled a new vision for the town which includes 750 homes to be built around the public Service Plaza.

Hounds for Heroes fund raising Quiz event will celebrate St. George’s Day and the Best of British

Published on 11th Mar 20

The Holiday Inn Winchester is to host a fourth special charity fund-raising event for Hampshire based charity Hounds for Heroes with their popular Quiz event, which this year will be held to also celebrate St. George’s Day on Thursday 23rd April.

Rowans Hospice is looking for people to take an epic leap!

Published on 4th Mar 20

Rowans Hospice Charity is looking for thrill-seeking daredevils to make an epic leap with a tandem skydive.

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association - Rock your socks for Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

Published on 2nd Mar 20

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association invite the Hampshire community to support their celebrations during Awareness Week 15th- 21st March.

Janet’s commitment is rewarded at the Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station

Published on 2nd Mar 20

After only three years with the RNLI, crewmember Janet Denman has been made Crew of the Year (2019).

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!

Published on 2nd Mar 20

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the UK’s deadliest gynaecological disease, but many women are unaware of the symptoms. 

Gardening Goodness: March

Published on 2nd Mar 20

Now that we are starting to say goodbye to the winter months and the days are beginning to get warmer (touch wood), we can start to make some real progress on our gardens. That being said, your garden to-do list can be a little overwhelming.

World Book Day - 5th of March

Published on 27th Feb 20

World Book Day is a registered charity which aims to give every child and young person a book of their own. 

The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition - Let the judging commence!

Published on 24th Feb 20

A panel of expert judges from across the UK gathered at Eastleigh College this week for The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2020 organised by local food group Hampshire Fare.

The Portsmouth Philharmonic will cross the harbour for its latest charity concert

Published on 21st Feb 20

The Portsmouth Philharmonic will cross the harbour for its latest charity concert in aid of the Gosport & Fareham Inland Rescue Service which will feature music by Sibelius, Gounod and Haydn.

Chance for local business to support Hat Fair

Published on 19th Feb 20

Hat Fair – the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts – is inviting local businesses to a special event to learn how they can get involved in, and support, this year’s vibrant festival, which celebrates 46 years in July, and last year broke records with ov

Hauntings: when the past comes back to haunt us…

Published on 17th Feb 20

Hauntings are two plays written and directed by local author Johnny O’Hanlon and are part of Titchfield Festival Theatre’s New Play Season.

Honest people do not hide their deeds…

Published on 13th Feb 20

Wuthering Heights is one of the literary classics and this March a brand new stage adaptation comes to Titchfield Festival Theatre.

Playtime is coming to Beaulieu...

Published on 10th Feb 20

Playtime is coming to Beaulieu with new and adventurous Little Beaulieu  and we would like to invite you and your family to its exciting VIP launch. So save the date for Saturday 14th March to join us...

 

Love is in the air! Five Valentine’s date ideas in the South Downs...

Published on 6th Feb 20

From Jane Austen to Tennyson, the beauty of the South Downs has never failed to inspire tales of romance, joy and passion.

Portsmouth Choral Union - Bach St Matthew Passion Preview

Published on 5th Feb 20

The St. Matthew Passion is the largest single composition that Bach ever wrote and is considered by many to be one of the greatest creations of Western Civilization.   

 

Wecock Farm Window Wanderland

Published on 4th Feb 20

We inspire communities to set up fun, local, all-people-friendly, window-display-based walking trails then share them with the world. Come out and see your neighbourhood in a new creative light!

Gunwharf Quays to commemorate the Year of the Rat with traditional celebrations

Published on 30th Jan 20

Gunwharf Quays will be hosting a spectacular Chinese New Year celebration on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd February. Marking the Year of the Rat, the day promises to be a memorable event for all the family, with incredible entertainment and special offers.

The future of volunteering is bright!

Published on 29th Jan 20

In uncertain times, it is important for communities to pull together. That’s why 100 delegates from Hampshire based charities and voluntary groups delved into the new decade with a conference debating the future of volunteering and upcoming challenges for the sector. 

Engines and swimmers present problems for Hayling RNLI Lifeboats in 2019

Published on 29th Jan 20

The Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboats launched 84 times in 2019 and 21% of these were to engine problems and although there were only 3 incidents involving swimmers they were all serious and could have resulted in the loss of life.

Vegetarian Curry - Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry

Published on 29th Jan 20

Check out The Directory Group's most recent recipe for February...

February Valentines Biscuits Recipe

Published on 29th Jan 20

Looking to treat your significant other this Valentine’s? Or are you just looking to try out a new tasty treat? Check out The Directory Group’s recipe of the month!

Gardening Goodness: February Article

Published on 29th Jan 20

February is somewhat unpredictable. It’s still cold (there’s maybe even a chance of snow), but there is also a handful of days which present that glorious beaming sun and crisp, chilly air. 

Our Chosen Charities 2020

Published on 29th Jan 20

Being at the heart of our local community and helping where possible is something The Directory Group is driven to do. In previous years, our Chosen Charities scheme has been effective...

Petersfield Rugby Football Club - Appeal for Wendy

Published on 29th Jan 20

For the past decade, 54-year-old Wendy Wilson has been an invaluable member of Petersfield Rugby Football Club based at Penns Place, Petersfield. 

What is behind The Last Secret at Titchfield Festival Theatre?

Published on 27th Jan 20

Jaq has a secret she doesn’t want to reveal yet but before she can draw breath, other secrets tumble out of the closet and who knows what will be said before the taxi arrives?

Rowans Moonlit Memories Walk Early Bird Offer Ends 31 January

Published on 24th Jan 20

The Early Bird registration fee offer for Rowans Moonlit Memories Walk finishes at midnight on 31 January. 

Weald & Downland Living Museum hits over £500k fundraising milestone to mark its 50th Anniversary

Published on 23rd Jan 20

Museum reaches over £500k of its £1m Heritage Endowment Fund target for the Golden Future Campaign. 2020 will mark 50 years since Weald & Downland Living Museum first opened its doors and it is celebrating with an ambitious fundraising campaign.

Sometimes you knock on the wrong door, but the right person answers….

Published on 21st Jan 20

Titchfield Festival Theatre’s New Play Season continues with two brand new comedy plays written by Southsea based playwright and film producer Roger Goldsmith: Freehold and Inside Out. 

We're Hiring! Part-time Internal Sales Executive

Published on 17th Jan 20

Would you like to work for the fastest growing publication and media company in Hampshire?

‘Australia Day’ wine tasting event

Published on 17th Jan 20

The Wine Bank Lee-on-the-Solent is hosting an Australian Wine Tasting event in support of Australian Bushfire Relief Effort, on Friday 31st January at 7:30pm.

The Rowans Hospice Charity has been awarded a major grant from the Wolfson Foundation

Published on 16th Jan 20

The £125,000 grant will help to take the Charity closer to the funding needed to complete the first phase of their capital appeal (the Silver Jubilee Appeal), the first phase of which is to completely transform the in-patient unit.

Cafe Bar Jazz Nights to kick off 2020

Published on 15th Jan 20

Theatre Royal Winchester is looking forward to the roaring 20s again, with a host of intimate jazz nights, which will see talented singers and musicians performing in the venue’s stylish new Cafe Bar.

‘Ground-breaking’ community art installation at Winchester Cathedral

Published on 13th Jan 20

 

 

 

Winchester Cathedral will host a ground-breaking multi-dimensional community art installation later this month, inspired by the theme of pilgrimage and coffee. Pausing to drink coffee echoes the rhythm of pilgrim steps and prayer.

Samaritans Evening of Entertainment

Published on 10th Jan 20

Samaritans Evening of Entertainment, on Saturday the 18th of January at 6:30pm at the Church of Resurrection, Drayton, PO6 2AP - £15 for a 3 course meal with the following entertainment.

A Right Royal Romance: Valentine’s Day with the Tudors

Published on 9th Jan 20

February Half Term Activities at The Mary Rose - The Mary Rose, Portsmouth Friday 14th– Sunday 23rd February 2020 11:00 – 15:00, Daily.

A Positive Start in 2020 for You and Rowans Hospice

Published on 8th Jan 20

Rowans Hospice have announced their exciting calendar of fundraising events for 2020. Offering everything from adrenaline filled adventures, to sporting challenges to community quizzes. 

A magnificent 7: Titchfield Festival Theatre’s New Play Season 2020 returns this January

Published on 7th Jan 20

Following on from last year’s hugely successful first season, Titchfield Festival Theatre is delighted to welcome another new set of plays from experienced and aspiring writers as part of its New Play Season 2020.

Gunwharf Quays celebrates Veganuary with the launch of new Spinnaker Dining Quarter

Published on 6th Jan 20

Gunwharf Quays has announced the launch of the Spinnaker Quarter; a new dining area featuring a collection of restaurants, unique to the region, with stunning views across the marina that take in the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

 

Four members of the Norwegian Red Cross Water Rescue Service visit Hayling

Published on 2nd Jan 20

Four members of the Norwegian Red Cross Water Rescue Service visited Hayling to learn about how the RNLI work with water rescues and how they organise training.

Recruiting now! Are you a mum, dad, grandparent or carer?

Published on 2nd Jan 20

We need people with your experience to volunteer for Home-Start Butser.

It’s time to take control: be healthy and transform your life!

Published on 2nd Jan 20

Maintaining a healthy body may not be that easy; however, it is not so difficult either, especially considering the benefits that it will bring you. 

The Samaritan's mission is to make sure there is someone there for everyone

Published on 2nd Jan 20

January – the month of new beginnings as we head into 2020. A time for putting our New Years' resolutions into action, whether it's buying your first car, getting that promotion at work or just to have a good year; January is where it all starts.

Rugby family urged to get stuck in for club favourite

Published on 30th Dec 19

 

For the past decade, 54-year-old Wendy Wilson has been an invaluable member of Petersfield Rugby Football Club based at Penns Place, Petersfield. #tacklingWendyscancer

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley