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Monsters, pirates, knitting, nostalgia and romance… BookFest has it all.

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Competitions Competitions in Flagship are open only to people who live or work in Portsmouth. Congratulations to Katie Pearson, of Fratton, who won a ferry trip for two to Caen in the competition in the last issue.


How to spot the signs of drug use in your family.

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A run of success

The Bupa Great South Run returns this month – and whoever crosses the finishing line first, Portsmouth will be the winner. It costs the council about £130,000 a year to host the event, but it brings in far more to the city as a whole. In 2008 the estimated boost to local businesses was about £625,000. And Portsmouth’s tourism profile is raised by TV. Last year 289,000 viewers saw the coverage, which would have cost us about £141,000 in paid advertising time. Held on Sunday 30 October, the main 10-mile event will feature some of the world’s best athletes as well as a record 24,000 club, fun and charity runners. Dame Ellen MacArthur (left), the record-breaking yachtswoman, will perform the starter’s duties on the Sunday. She said: “I’m really excited to be starting the Bupa Great South Run, it’s a hugely popular event."

Watching the events On Saturday 29 October there’s a new 5k run at 10am. The mini event starts at 12pm and the junior runs start at 1pm (girls) and 1.45pm (boys). The main event starts in waves from 10.40am on Sunday. The main race is live on channel Five on Sunday from 10am. For the first time there is a highlights show on ITV4 from 7pm to 8pm on Sunday. Times are subject to change on the day. Roads information It will be busy over the race weekend. For the latest information on closures and other roads information, go to Above: Last year’s race

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From monsters, pirates and detectives to knitting, nostalgia and romance… BookFest has it all.

No matter what your age or interest, there’s something for you at Portsmouth BookFest. The festival is a chance to meet top authors and explore the world of writing. You can find out more about the real-life CSI, learn a craft or take a trip down memory lane.

The celebration of books, from Monday 17 October to Sunday 13 November, is being held by the council and The Hayling Island Bookshop following a successful first event last year.

Major names attending include Dickens biographer Claire Tomalin (22 October), hilarious children’s writer Guy Bass (24 October), local saga author Dee Williams (2 November) and number-one bestseller Lesley Pearse (3 November).

True crime fans will enjoy CSI Portsmouth (5 November). They can hear local writer Pauline Rowson join fellow crime authors Mark Billingham, John Harvey and Michael Ridpath in a discussion with experts from the real-life world of crime and detection; and learn more about subjects like fingerprinting, Victorian detective fiction or forensic psychology. 4

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Jazz Domino Holly, known as the Queen of Crafts, presents her modern take on traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing, baking and preserving (18 October).

Other events include a discussion of The Narrative Of John Smith, the first and previously unpublished novel by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, written when he lived in Portsmouth (7 November).

Poets whose work has roots in Guyana, Trinidad, Uganda and Ghana will read from their latest offerings (2 November). And Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, awarded the George Cross as a Royal Marine, will talk about his history of the Royal British Legion (4 November).

Among the venues for events is the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, where author James Forrester, also known as historian Dr Ian Mortimer, will take you for a sensory ride through Elizabethan England, the time of treason, adventure, piracy and feasting (9 November).

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BookFest for schools About 2,500 Portsmouth pupils will meet top children’s authors when they visit their classrooms as part of BookFest. The festival will see visits from award-winning illustrator Hannah Shaw, children’s poet Paul Cookson, Dinkin Dings and Stitch Head creator Guy Bass (left) and historical author Paul Dowswell. A message from top children’s writer Guy Bass “Books! So much more than makeshift doorstops and fly swatters. I’ve been reading books for almost a year now and I’m having the time of my life. I still don’t know how they get all those words in such a gratifying order. And every one is different! It’s like pick ‘n’ mix for your brain. So come along to the Portsmouth BookFest 2011 and find out what all the fuss is about – the books are waiting for you...”

Take part and save cash Tickets are on sale now – just call 023 9268 8685 or ask at your local library, where you’ll find a leaflet with full details. Portsmouth library members get £1 off tickets. At most author events there will be a chance to buy books at a discount and get them signed. Event information is also on – choose Libraries from the Learning menu, and look for the BookFest link. More information is also at

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Best seller Mark Billingham (left) takes part in CSI Portsmouth. flagship October 2011


Fantastic fireworks The show starts with live music at 6pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, and the fireworks start at 7.30pm. There will be refreshment stands on the site and the closest parking is at the Lakeside (IBM) car park. As we want it to be a safe and great night for everybody, we do ask that you don’t bring sparklers. See the Out & About listings on pages 7–9 for more events celebrating bonfire night and Halloween. If you’re organising an event at home, do make sure it stays a fun evening by keeping safe.

Tips for a safe night !! Don’t cut corners on fireworks just to save a few quid. Always buy them from a reputable shop and make sure they conform to British Standards. This means they should have BS 7114 on the box. !! Always read the packet carefully and make sure fireworks are suitable for the place where you’ll set them off. !! Handle with care – a sparkler can reach 2,000°C. A rocket can hit 150mph. !! Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink alcohol until they’ve all been set off. !! On the night you’ll need: ff a torch ff a bucket of water ff eye protection and gloves ff a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in ff supports and launchers for Catherine wheels or rockets

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Our popular firework display at the King George V playing fields in Cosham is back on Wednesday 2 November. It’s the biggest free display in the city.

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out&about OCTOBER ★ NOVEMBER ★ DECEMBER All events highlighted in black are FREE OCTOBER

Until 6 Jan Birds, Beasts and Bugs City Museum. How do people tag a seal and why? How is otter poo important? Why are bugs beautiful and not really creepy? This exhibition gives an insight into how our understanding of natural history has changed over time. Until 14 60+ Festival Various venues across the city. Walks, talks, tours, workshops, entertainment and culture for older people. 15

Feast the Seasons – Autumn Spinnaker Tower. An evening of food, conversation and spectacular views. 7pm–11pm. Booking 023 9285 7524.


Black History Month Lecture National Museum of the Royal Navy. Free lecture: Freedom Burning with Dr Richard Huzzey, 2pm. Booking 023 9272 7582 or


Seafarers Service Portsmouth Cathedral and Nelson statue. An annual service of prayer and remembrance attended by the Lord Mayor in memory of those who have lost their lives at sea and to commemorate the life of Nelson. 11am.


Hampshire Farmers’ Market Palmerston Road, 10am–2pm.


Opportunities fair Guildhall, 10am–3pm. Activities, entertainment and company demos for 10–13s and their families.


Palmerston Follies D-Day Museum. A Portsmouth Museum and Records Society lecture by Geoff Hallett, 7.30pm.


Armchair Traveller film show Guildhall. In support of Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Rainbow Centre and Rowans Hospice. 7.30pm (£6 inc wine and buffet). Tickets from Guildhall.


Preview of Emergency5 Aspex Gallery. Open submission exhibition attracting a diverse range of emerging artists from all over the world. 6pm–8pm.


Get To Know Nelson HMS Victory. 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm. Special crafts and quizzes to mark victory at Trafalgar. Free with a valid ticket, all ages.

22–30 All Aboard the Spinnaker Tower Ghost Ship Spinnaker Tower. Family entertainment and free pumpkin carving for children. 23

Nelson Talk City Museum. 2.30pm, tickets in advance from Visitor Information or museum, £3 adults, £1 Leisure card, accompanied children free.


Designer Wedding Day Royal Marines Museum. Plan the designer wedding of your dreams.


A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan Kings Theatre, 7.30pm, £18–£23.

24–28 Half-term children’s activities Gunwharf Quays. Ghoulish art and craft and storytelling. 12pm–4pm. Taster sessions are free. Small charge for larger activities.

“High quality fresh food cooked from fresh ingredients, from Rib eye steaks and Jenga chips to Sunday Roasts” “Every Tues is Quiz and free curry night” LIVE MUSIC LIVE MUSIC LIVE MUSIC LIVE MUSIC LIVE MUSIC Fri 14th Oct The Tiddly Kinks + support a real 60’s party Sunday 16th Oct Jazz and Blues Live Saturday 22nd Oct Live Ent to be confirmed Sunday 23rd Oct The Fabulous Rachael Hawnt Live! Friday 28th Oct The Fliks 60s tribute and the Soultime DJ’s Friday 4th Nov The Fabulous Rachael Hawnt Sat 5th Nov “Ultra Funk night with Ticklin the Pickle” Sat Nov 12th The Delicate Sound of Floyd a great tribute band Sunday 13th Nov Amba Tremain sings soul/jazz Saturday 19th Nov The Mojo Filters TBC Sunday 20th Nov The Gypsy Swing guitars of Jonny Hepbir Friday 25th Nov Big Brother Soul and the Soultime DJ’s

Xmas Party nights

Friday 2nd Dec The Trevor John Band 5 piece guitar masters Sat 3rd Dec The Soul Suspects 10 piece Soul band Fantastic Sat 10th Dec Spirit A real eighties Party night Sat 17th Dec The Freestyle Funk Collective big band Xmas Funk

New Years eve party details to be announced soon Please visit our website for all details and special offers 54 clarence parade southsea PO5 2EU

Tel. 02392 295195

Politics goes live 16–18 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kings Theatre. £10. 17 Oct–13 Nov Portsmouth Bookfest Various venues. See pages 4–5.

Want to find out more about politics and have your say on current issues? Depending when you receive your Flagship, you may still have a chance to take part in one of the free Local Democracy Week events, from 10 to 16 October. Check out for more details.

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24–28 Half-term activities Royal Marines Museum. 11am–2pm. Hands-on activities for families. Normal admission applies.


Dr Dinosaur Cumberland House natural history museum. Dinosaur fun and games plus a chance to handle real fossils. 12–2pm.


Castle Craft Activities Southsea Castle. Make your own crown or castle, 2pm–4pm.



Socktopus! National Museum of the Royal Navy. 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm. Make your own super socktopus and other funky fabric sea creatures. Free drop-in workshop, all ages.

Children’s Moonlit Memories Meander Sponsored walk for children for The Rowans Hospice. 023 9223 8533 or Entry closing date 21 October.


Get the bug! City Museum. Go on a bug hunt and make your own bug model, 12pm–2pm.


Circus Skills Workshop Port Solent. 11am–4pm.


DrumChasers Kings Theatre, 7.30pm, £9–£15.


Fireworks Gunwharf Quays. Entertainment from 7pm, fireworks at 8pm.


A Century of Royal Marine Aviation Royal Marines Museum. Lecture by Colonel Michael Reece with Brigadier Mike Ellis, 2pm.


Spooky Storyteller Port Solent. 11am–4pm. Halloweenthemed stories.

29–30 Great South Run See page 3. 29–30 Open day Eastney Beam Engine House, 1pm–5pm. 30 Buy tickets before 31st October 2011 for a 10% discount!

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2011




Halloween Trick or Treat Party Port Solent. 11am–4pm. Friendly witches host a trick-or-treat treasure hunt. Come in fancy dress, have your face painted and enjoy Halloweenthemed entertainment. Halloween Kings Theatre. Ghost walk around the 100-year-old theatre, paranormal performers, ghost stories, dance and vampire movie Nosferatu. Tour 5pm, main event 7pm, £8–£10. Halloween at Mozzarella Joes All children in a Halloween fancy dress costume eat free when eating with an adult. Halloween at the A-scarium! Blue Reef Aquarium. The aquarium will be open late for special torchlight tours.


Must have been something you said Aspex Gallery. Exhibition preview: products and artworks inspired by or incorporating language and text. 1pm–3pm.


Portsmouth Variety Show Guildhall, 7pm, £10.


Ghost Walk Guided walk. 2.30pm from Square Tower, tickets in advance from visitor information centres or City Museum, £3 adults, £1 Leisure card, accompanied children free.


Reginald D Hunter Guildhall, 8pm, £20.


Portsmouth Jazz Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, 8pm. Luke Annesley Quartet. £13/concessions £11. Tickets on the door or call 023 9225 5806/023 9229 8161.


Ed Byrne Guildhall, 8pm, £20.


Jazz at the Quartermaster’s Kitchen Royal Marines Museum, 8pm. Entry, supper and first drink for £10 on the door or £8 in advance.


Remembrance Sunday D-Day Museum. Free admission today.


Remembrance Sunday Service Guildhall Square, 10.30am. Includes a parade of serving military personnel, youth organisations and veterans, followed by wreath-laying at the WWI Cenotaph and WWII Memorial.


Children In Need Guildhall Square. Fundraising activities, 12pm–2pm.


Question of Sport Guildhall, 7.30pm, £37.50.


Christmas Fair Anglican Cathedral. 11am–1.30pm. 50p, children free.


Nelson Trail Guided walk. 2.30pm from Grammar School, High Street, tickets in advance from visitor information centres or City Museum, £3 adults, £1 Leisure card, accompanied children free.


Guildhall Boutique Market Vintage-feel indoor market, 11am–3pm.


Hampshire Farmers’ Market Palmerston Road, 10am–2pm.


Travel by train and save with our combined ticket offer


Bonfire and Fireworks Display King George V Playing Fields. See page 6.


Stamshaw and Tipner neighbourhood forum Stamshaw & Tipner Leisure Centre, 7pm. 3


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Advice on fuel bills Citizens Advice Bureau. 1pm-4pm, Eastney Community Centre. 023 9285 5861.

Milton Jones Guildhall, 8pm, £17.50.

19–20 Christmas Food Festival Gunwharf Quays. 11am–5pm. 23

Miscarriage of Justice? Royal Marines Museum. Lecture by Colonel Keith Wilkins. 7.30pm.

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023 9282 6722 NEW HOME FOR VIC

Southsea Visitor Information Centre has a new home inside the entrance to the D-Day Museum. All the same services are available. The move will mean more visitors to the museum and more efficient use of our seafront buildings.

Switching on the season Christmas light switch-on events, whether in your local high street or a big shopping centre, are always a great way to get into the festive spirit. And they’re free! This year’s switch-ons include: ff ff ff ff ff ff

Southsea (Palmerston Road) – 10 November, 4pm–6pm. City centre – 17 November, 3.30pm–7pm. Gunwharf Quays – 19 November, from 5pm. Cosham – 23 November, 4pm–6pm. North End – 25 November, 3.30pm–5.30pm. Albert Road – 3 December, 4pm–6pm.

Details correct at time of going to press. Please check or 023 9282 6722.

23–26 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Groundlings Theatre. 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm, £6–£10. 25–27 A Victorian Festival of Christmas Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 10am–6pm. Victorian stories and characters, Christmas shopping market, festive entertainment, Fagin’s Tavern, snow in the air and world famous attractions. Adults £14.50, children (five to15) £13, over-60s £13, family (up to five people, maximum two adults/seniors) £44.50. Book before 31 October for 10% discount. or 0844 8805 419. 26

Symphony Orchestra & Big Band New Theatre Royal, 7.30pm, £5–£8.

26–27 Open day Eastney Beam Engine House, 1pm–5pm. 27




Drayton and Farlington neighbourhood forum Solent Junior School, Solent Road, 7.30pm.

Gunwharf Quays Tel: 023 9283 6700 web: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Tel: 023 9283 9766 web: Portsmouth City Council museums and records service Tel: 023 9282 7261 web: Portsmouth Guildhall Tel: 023 9282 4355


Christmas Sounds Gunwharf Quays. Local choirs and bands play festive music every Thursday evening and Sunday lunchtime.

Kings Theatre Tel: 023 9282 8282 web:


Southsea Craft Market Palmerston Road precinct.


Merry Christmas Aspex! Aspex Gallery. Creative activities for families. No booking required.

New Theatre Royal Tel: 023 9264 9000 web:


Christmas Gala Concert Anglican Cathedral. 7.30pm. Portsmouth Chorus Christmas concert featuring Festival Brass and Portsmouth Chorus Junior Choir. £6–£10. 023 9261 9726.


Adam Ant and The Good, The Bad and The Lovely Posse Pyramids. 7.30pm, £25.


Charles Dickens Christmas Guided walk. 2.30pm from visitor information centre, The Hard. Excerpts from the novelist’s works and seasonal refreshments. Tickets in advance from visitor information centres or City Museum, £3 adults, £1 Leisure card, accompanied children free.

Mind, body, spirit fayre Pyramids, 10.30am–4pm. £3, accompanied children free. Advice on fuel bills Citizens Advice Bureau. 9am-1pm, Cosham Community Centre. 023 9285 5861.


Aspex Gallery Tel: 023 9277 8080 web: Spinnaker Tower Tel: 023 9285 7521 web: Royal Marines Museum Tel: 023 9281 9385 web: Blue Reef Aquarium Tel: 023 9287 5222 web: Odeon, Port Solent Tel: 0871 2244007 web:


Depth Charge Gunwharf Quays. A Christmas Theatre Fantasy.

Portsmouth Film Society Omega centre, Omega Road Tel: 023 9229 1346 web:


Kaleidoscope Christmas Concerts Royal Marines Museum. Traditional carols and festive music. 6.30pm for 7.30pm.

Vue, Gunwharf Quays Tel: 0871 2240240 web:

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Making winter Kathleen Bird and her family are looking forward to a warmer winter with lower energy bills, because they now have central heating, thanks to a council grant of ÂŁ4,000.

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warmer Foster carer Kathleen and husband Philip, a meter reader, live with their three foster children in Hilsea. They applied to us to see what help was available to make their home warmer, and got the grant because their income is below a certain level.

“The central heating system is making such a difference to warming the house and we could never have afforded it ourselves. It’s great to know the whole family, including the children, are warmer in their bedrooms and that our energy bills will be cheaper.”

They contributed about £600 towards the new system, which includes nine new radiators and was installed last month.

You could qualify for a grant in the same way as the Birds.

Kathleen (left) said: “We’ve owned our house for 34 years and used oil heating, gas and electric heating – which was expensive and not very effective. On winter evenings, to watch TV in the lounge, I’ve always had to huddle under blankets with hot water bottles.

For more information and advice on financial help, grants and loans available to improve heating and energy efficiency in your home, contact: ff winter warmth hotline: 023 9268 8369 ff

Get your house insulated for free Fuel bills are set to soar an average 17% this winter. But insulation is a great way of reducing the energy you use – and we’re offering to insulate 10 Portsmouth houses for free. If you’re one of our 10 winners, you could get loft and cavity wall insulation fitted in your home, saving you money and cutting emissions of the climate-change gas CO2. For your chance to win free loft and cavity wall insulation by Crest

Surveying send an email headed ‘Flagship insulation competition’ with your name and address to housing.privatesector@ or send off the form below.

The closing date is 31 October 2011 and the first 10 entries drawn on 1 November 2011 will win.

If you don’t want us to contact you with energy-saving advice, please write ‘no further information’ in your email or tick the box on the form. To enter you must own the house to be insulated. Prizes are subject to suitability of your house for insulation and a survey by Crest.

Flagship insulation competition Name.............................................................................................. Address.......................................................................................... Please do not contact me with further information. Return this form to: Flagship Insulation Competition, Private Sector Housing, Floor 5 Core 6, Civic Offices, Portsmouth PO1 2AZ

Get £100 off your insulation Even if you’re not a winner in our competition, we’ve got a great deal on insulation. We’re offering £50 towards the cost of both cavity and loft insulation by Crest Surveying. That means you could get a total of £100 off the £200 cost of insulating an average house. The offer is open to homeowners only. For details contact Crest on 0800 567 7474. City helpdesk Tel 023 9283 4092 I Email

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Plan for change in North End We’re working to make London Road better for shoppers. We’re proposing to move the crossing outside the Lanyard pub – away from the Kingston Crescent junction to a more convenient place, by the British Heart Foundation shop. We’re also proposing to make the crossing outside the Mall (by the Co-op) much wider. Both would be modern puffin crossings that sense whether or not people are on them. Our plan is to make the area more attractive and safer. The plan is based on ideas that have come up at public meetings and a steering group with local resident and business representatives. We also hope to widen the pavements, so fewer people need to step into the busy road. This would also make the road feel less traffic-dominated and more pleasant to walk along. The bus lane and parking spaces along the road would be removed. There would be clearer directions to nearby car-parks, which are under-used.

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Christmas starts at Cascades from 17th November

n Visit Santa in his grotto on the New Mall opposite TK Maxx n Christmas lights switch on by Marcus Patrick (Ben Davies from Hollyoaks) at 5.45pm with free entertainment from 3.30pm and a grand firework finale n Late night shopping to 9pm from Thursday 24th November, plus free parking for late night shoppers from 6pm-closing time n Check website for mall and grotto opening times 023 9285 1255 @Cascades_shops

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Win a ShoPPing north end SPree for tWo north e Flagship has teamed up with Cascades to offer you a chance to win a fantastic shopping spree. The prize includes a £150 gift card for the winner, a £50 gift card for a companion, free parking for a day, lunch for two at Boswell’s, plus a personal shopper. Just complete the form and send it to: Flagship Competition, Management Suite, Cascades Shopping Centre, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4RL. Closing date 29 November 2011. The first entry picked on 30 November will win. See for full terms and conditions.

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Free flu jabs The NHS provides over 35,000 free flu vaccinations to people in Portsmouth every year. Each autumn patients who are more at risk from flu – because of a health condition, their age or pregnancy, are encouraged to get the flu jab from their GP surgery. But one in four over 65s, and nearly half of at-risk adults and children, are missing out on the vaccine. Having flu is always unpleasant but some people are more likely to become very seriously ill. You may need to stay in hospital and flu can kill. The flu jab makes it much less likely you will get flu. To stay protected you need one every year. The NHS also offers the vaccine to carers – to reduce the risk of you passing on flu or being unable to continue your caring because you have flu. “People often ask if the flu jab itself can give them flu, but that’s not the case. Unless your GP or practice nurse has advised you not to have a flu jab, if you are in the at-risk group, then you should arrange to be vaccinated now,”said local GP Dr Tim Wilkinson.

Who is entitled to a flu jab? ff children over six months and adults with long-term heart, lung, kidney, liver or neurological conditions ff people with diabetes ff anyone who has reduced immunity because of an illness or medical treatment ff all pregnant women ff everyone over 65 ff anyone in long-stay residential care ff carers of disabled or elderly people.

Members of Portsmouth’s MS Society (pictured) have backed the call for all eligible patients to consider the risk to themselves if they don’t take the jab. “Although multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological condition in younger adults, NHS flu jabs haven’t always been offered – I am glad that has changed,” said Gary Roberts, from Southsea (pictured second right). “The NHS gives flu jabs to people who are likely to be hit hardest of all by flu. Being offered a free flu jab gives you the opportunity to protect your health.” If you think you may be eligible for the jab or want to find out when you can get it, contact your GP surgery. Your guide to local health services

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Nurturing mums and families Are you pregnant or planning a baby? The question of where to give birth has probably crossed your mind. In Portsmouth, mums and dads-to-be have lots of choice. Mums under the care of a midwife who go into labour without complication between 37-42 weeks have three choices: Home birth There are advantages to giving birth in your home. It’s more relaxing, anyone can be with you, you are free to move around and you will be undisturbed by other families. Mums often say home birth was very satisfying and they felt more in control. You are cared for by an experienced midwife. If a problem develops during labour you can be quickly transferred to the hospital labour ward.

Maternity centre at St Mary’s Some parents feel their home isn’t suitable for a birth, and the birth centre at St Mary’s Hospital a good ‘home-from-home’ choice. The midwife team often get to know you really well before the birth. The centre is soon to move into new facilities boasting a birth pool and light, airy rooms. If there are problems in labour you will be quickly transferred to Queen Alexandra Hospital. Mums are encouraged to return home as soon as possible after birth so the whole family can get to know baby. Midwives and maternity support workers are available for you at home and in postnatal clinics to support breastfeeding and early parenting.

Mary Rose Maternity Centre – B5 QA For many parents, especially with their first baby, the reassurance of being in hospital is their choice. If you are suitable for home or birth centre birth you will be admitted to Mary Rose. If labour is complicated or you require an epidural you will be transferred to the labour ward. Mary Rose has a birth pool and three ‘home-fromhome’ rooms. Mums and dads say they love the relaxed environment with the bonus of the labour ward close by if it’s needed. If your consultant recommends you give birth in hospital, the labour ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital is a wonderful facility. The midwives and doctors will help you plan your care.

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New stop smoking programme starts is a one stop shop to help you discover local services and information so that you and your family can stay healthy or improve your health.

Queen Alexandra Hospital is to trial a new system for supporting patients to stop smoking. was set up by Portsmouth City Council and NHS Portsmouth to share information about the three-year Healthy Pompey project. Now the project has come to an end, the range of health topics on the website has been increased. The website still aims to be family-friendly. It will still have all the information you would expect. There are pages on moving more around Portsmouth by walking and cycling; eating well – covering choosing, cooking and growing food; and finding sports or activities taking place in your neighbourhood. It will also have new pages covering everything from health screenings, tooth care or mental wellbeing to where to find support to quit smoking. There is also a phoneline for anyone who prefers to talk or who doesn’t have internet access. Call 023 9229 4001.

Smoking increases the risk of complications following surgery increasing recovery time and associated costs to the NHS. Half of all smokers die from smoking related diseases. But research shows that stop smoking programmes that start during a hospital stay and includes follow up support after discharge are effective. Staff are undergoing training to give brief advice about stopping smoking to patients and will be able to refer them to their local stop smoking team. The new scheme is a simplified model of the current system and will standardise the support available for hospital patients including access to nicotine replacement therapy to ease cravings. The results of this trial will be shared across England.

Your free NHS Health Check The free NHS Health Check, as featured in the previous issue of Flagship, is set to be offered in more locations. Patients invited for the five yearly check - which helps you reduce your risk from stroke, heart disease, diabetes type II and kidney disease - will be able to book the check at 13 pharmacies and many GP surgeries too.

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Active under 5s Parents know that getting their child off to the right start can help them live a healthier, happier life. To help get the balance right health professionals have developed new guidelines on activity for babies and children under five.

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Your guide to residents’ parking schemes There are 30 residents’ parking schemes in Portsmouth – here are answers to some common questions about them.




How is a scheme set up? Stage 1: When residents let us know they have parking problems we send out a questionnaire and background information. The responses we get help us decide whether to go to the next stage. If the majority of those who fill it in are against a scheme, no action is taken.



Stage 2: If the majority are in favour we may formally consult residents, businesses and the wider public on a proposed scheme. Stage 3: Residents’ comments are put in a report for the Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation to consider at a decision meeting. People who responded to the formal consultation are invited to speak.

How does a scheme work? The zone is marked with signs and road markings. Residents and businesses apply for parking permits. No more than two are usually issued to each household. The first permit is free. The second costs £53.50 for a year. Residents can also buy scratchcards that allow visitors to park, ranging from 95p for 12 hours to £9.80 for seven days.

What are the benefits of a scheme? Parking in the zone is restricted to permit holders, freeing up parking spaces. Residents in a scheme have more chance to park near their homes.










Are schemes permanent? No – they’re reviewed after about a year, with another questionnaire.

Are they just another way for the council to make money? No. They cost us money in administration, questionnaires, road markings, signs, permits and enforcement. Any income from a scheme is used to enforce and maintain it.

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Feel safer at home If you’re worried about being safe at home, our Telecare system can bring reassurance and peace of mind, 24 hours a day. It can give you the confidence to live independently, knowing help will be there if you need it. It’s easy to use. Telecare links your home phone to sensors that operate in an emergency and connect you to a skilled operator. The operator will know who you are and can organise help from a relative, a neighbour, the council or the emergency services. The sensors will operate if you can’t raise the alarm yourself. You can choose a simple wrist band, or decide to have a system of alarms around your home. Telecare user Shonagh McGeady, of Southsea, said: “It makes me feel reassured.” Installation is free, then there’s a simple weekly rental charge. More info: ff freephone 0800 731 2228 ff ff

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Fancy winning £30 of Vue cinema vouchers? If you’re 10-18 and live in Portsmouth, then you could. Just enter our competition to name the city’s new website for young people. The new website, funded by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, will let you have your say on important issues that affect the city, as well as giving details of events and activities. It will also have information on education, training, health, staying safe and your rights. Organisations involved in developing the site, along with the council, include the Council of Portsmouth Students and the Youth Parliament.

Follow the Lord Mayor The Lord Mayor, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, now has her very own Facebook page. You can keep tabs on all her duties, ceremonies, photos, updates and events by becoming a fan today. Just visit portsmouthlordmayor and click ‘like’.

To enter: Email your suggestion for the website’s name to, along with your name, school/college (if attending), address and phone number, by 31 October 2011. The winner will be notified by email or phone shortly afterwards.


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Taking a book out at the library will soon be quicker and easier, thanks to new technology. Self-service kiosks will allow you to borrow and return books in a few simple steps, pay charges or check your library account independently. This will free staff to spend valuable time helping customers to get the best from all library services, including finding books and information, and using the computers. The first self-service kiosk is expected to be installed in Alderman Lacey Library in Tangier Road later this year, with a total of nine libraries getting the new equipment by January. Lindy Elliott, our libraries manager, said: “We have seen the benefits this technology has brought elsewhere in the country and we are delighted to be able to bring it to Portsmouth. “The self-serve kiosks do cost money, but the £400,000 charge will be paid back over three years by budget economies. After this there will be a yearly saving of £118,000 for the library budget.” The scheme will involve more than 250,000 books being electronically tagged.


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New waste collection Our new contractor Biffa started collecting your rubbish and recycling on 3 October. This means: ff collection areas have been updated to make collection more efficient (see map) ff we’re using modern technology to manage rounds, monitor collections and improve how we give feedback to residents ff collection vehicles run on bio-fuel derived from recycled cooking oil, helping to reduce our carbon footprint ff the new contract will save council tax payers over £1 million a year for the next eight years Working smarter and greener will save money and help protect the environment.

Greener vehicles Our waste collection service is now among the greenest in the country with CO2 emissions reduced by more than 85%. Our 19 collection vehicles run on bio-fuel made from recycled cooking oil collected in the UK. They are equipped with specialist engine management systems and battery-powered (rather than engine-powered) lifting gear. The benefits are: quieter operation, reduced fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

What has changed? ff If you have a kerbside collection from your front boundary, most rubbish and recycling collection days and times are different. ff The booking system for special bulky collections has also changed – the city helpdesk will advise if you call to book a collection.

What has stayed the same? ff Your weekly rubbish collection and fortnightly recycling collection services remain. ff Your collection point is the same. ff You still need to put out your rubbish and recycling by 7am. ff You can still recycle paper, cardboard, cans (including aerosols) and plastic bottles, as before. If you live in a flat, the number of communal collections at your block is the same. So, if you put your rubbish and recycling into a shared bin in a communal waste storage area, you don’t need to do anything differently. Although some communal collection days are different, this doesn’t affect your service. As before, you can put your rubbish and recycling in your shared bins on any convenient day.


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Policing in Portsmouth Hampshire Police Authority is an independent organisation that ensures communities receive an effective, efficient and high quality policing service. Hampshire Constabulary provides day to day policing under the leadership of Chief Constable Alex Marshall. The Police Authority ensures that the Constabulary delivers the goal of making the two counties even safer places to live, work and visit. Throughout the past year we have all been going through a period of unprecedented economic change. We have been working closely with the Constabulary for some time to see how Hampshire Constabulary can improve their performance while reducing costs. The drop in overall crimes last year of more than six per cent meant there were 8,570 fewer crimes which is a tremendous achievement especially in a year when the Constabulary also made an £11 million saving in preparation for the government cuts. Local residents and visitors can be confident that crime rates are falling and that Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are even safer places to live, work and visit. Councillor Jacqui Rayment Chair, Hampshire Police Authority

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for 2010/11 and in brackets are for 2009/10 Portsmouth Operational Command Unit (OCU) Number of crimes 21659 (22901) A reduction of 5% or 1,242 crimes Number of dwelling burglaries 947 (1022) A reduction of 7% or 75 burglaries Number of incidents of rowdy and nuisance behaviour 9853 (11314) A reduction of 13% or 1,461 incidents Number of vehicle crimes 1859 (1816) An increase of 2% or 43 vehicle crimes Number of violent crimes 2602 (2764) A reduction of 6% or 162 violent crimes Residents satisfaction with service 68% (65%) Percentages rounded to nearest whole number.

The Police Authority says: “Overall crime has reduced considerably in Portsmouth over the last few years. Portsmouth recorded a reduction in a number of crime areas and public satisfaction with the policing service in the city is improving. However the Police Authority would like to see a reverse and decline in the number of vehicle crimes in the city in 2011/12.”

Chief Superintendent Nigel Hindle says: “The overall reduction in crime over two years is evidence of the professional expertise of officers and staff working in Portsmouth. I also want to acknowledge the support they received from the community and through the Safer Portsmouth Partnership in their efforts to reduce crime. Over a two-year period crime has fallen by 13 per cent overall, the reduction in anti-social behaviour is due to a focused approach on neighbourhood policing.”

How to contact us Hampshire Police Authority Westgate Chambers Staple Gardens Winchester SO23 8AW Tel: 01962 871595 E-mail: police.authority@hampshire. To see our publications, including the latest Annual Report and Policing Plan, visit: Website: You can also find out about us and our public meetings, which you are welcome to attend.

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What are our policing priorities? Hampshire Police Authority has a statutory duty to engage with the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to find out their community issues, concerns and policing priorities. This ensures community views and opinions are reflected in future plans including the Policing Plan – a three year rolling document that sets the policing priorities for Hampshire Constabulary. Hampshire Police Authority is still committed to the six strategic policing priorities of: • Providing an excellent service • An active presence in every neighbourhood • Catching criminals and managing offenders • Protecting our communities from crime and harm • Making the most of our resources • Equipping our team to deliver

Working with local people Twenty-eight community events were held in 2010/11 and over 14,000 local people were surveyed to find out what people wanted the police to tackle. Your views helped us to focus on your priorities for the next policing plan and also helped us to improve the policing service that you receive.

What you wanted We asked about your priorities and took action to tackle: • Anti-social behaviour • Criminal damage • Alcohol and drug related crime

Cuts in crime/increase in residents’ satisfaction From 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 across Hampshire including Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight: • All crime down 6% (8567 fewer crimes) • Rowdy & nuisance behaviour down 15% (10464 fewer incidents) • Criminal damage down 14% (4081 fewer crimes) • Vehicle crime down 3% (397 fewer crimes) • Dwelling burglaries down 6% (341 fewer crimes) • Violent crime (violence against the person with injury) down 4% (643 fewer crimes) • Knife crime down 19% (106 fewer crimes) However, the detection rate for serious and acquisitive crime (robbery, household burglaries and vehicle thefts) was 2% short of the 15% target but the Authority is scrutinising the Constabulary’s meeting of the target in 2011/12. Percentages rounded to nearest whole number.

Value for money – high quality, low cost efficient policing By 2015 Hampshire Constabulary intends to be a low cost, high achieving force and one of the best value for money forces in the country. Hampshire Police Authority has been working for a number of years with the Constabulary to help them work towards this goal. The Constabulary not only made an £11 million saving during the year as it prepared for government spending cuts, but also achieved significant improvements in performance. The Police Authority and the Constabulary were fully prepared for the cuts and we have been working together for a number of years taking steps to meet the challenge. The Police Authority and the Constabulary have planned underspends totalling £16 million in the last two financial years to build reserves to smooth the funding loss and provide for the cost of change.

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Many people begin taking drugs when they’re young. Drug or alcohol misuse can contribute to school difficulties, crime and anti-social behaviour, teenage pregnancy and mental health problems, as well as risks of overdose and dependency. Signs that your child may have drug or alcohol problems include changes in their: ff appearance ff choice of friends ff interests ff eating and sleeping habits ff mood and openness with you All these can be a natural part of growing up. If you have suspicions, speak to your child and don’t jump to conclusions. If you’re still worried then Switch, the new Portsmouth support service for people aged up to 25, can help tackle drug and alcohol misuse alongside any other problems young people face. You can call Switch on 023 9282 5140. 22

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