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Resident participation team: 0800 032 1531 participation@portsmouthcc.gov.uk Freepost RTBA-XSKC-SXBH, Portsmouth City Council, 20-28 Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DR Leaseholder services (call by postcode) PO1, PO2, PO7 call 9283 4561 PO3, PO4, PO5 call 9284 1486 PO6, PO9, PO8 call 9283 4845 Area offices: Buckland City South Landport Leigh Park Paulsgrove Portsea Wecock Farm

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cer The new resident participation offi for Paulsgrove and Portsea areas. Prior to this role I worked as a recycling officer and before that I worked in various community e centres around Portsmouth so som of you may already know me. find me in the Paulsgrove residents will be able to Allaway resident participation office at 147 chat. and Avenue. Please pop in for a cuppa become and I'll be supporting our residents to g their homes, remain involved in decisions affectin neighbourhoods and communities. See you soon! Kelly Martin Resident Participation Officer Portsea and Paulsgrove Areas

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en't they!? Maybe it's something you've fixed, something you've made, or money you've sav ed. Share your tips with us and see them in print! Simply send us your tip, a photo, your name and area you live in by email to participation@portsm outhcc.gov.uk or by post to: Freepost RTBA-XSKC-SXBH, Por tsmouth City Council, 20-28 Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DR

Resident Bill Gilbert from Charles Street, Landport, is the designer of the beautiful gardens opposite Landport Community Centre.

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Bill is interested in working with our parks service to improve the gardens in Southsea by Canoe Lake.

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100 years of housing A big thank you to all our residents who have given us their stories, photographs and memories of living in Portsmouth over the years. We have already put together 'family albums' for some of our sheltered housing schemes and hope to have more news on this project in the next edition of House Talk.

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Portsdown Edge Youth and Community Centre

The new Portsdown Edge Youth and Community Centre that replaces the Hillside Young Peoples Centre and Wymering Community Centre will be handed over by the contractors in September this year. Community Support have been working with the IYSS (Youth Service) to decide how the building will be run and managed. By combining community and youth services into one building we will economise on building costs and be able to put the saved resources into developing

services and activities. It is a really positive resource for the communities of Paulsgrove and Wymering. Gavin Edwards, Portsmouth City Council's architect, said: "This will be an exciting new building with many green features, including ground source heating and solar panels, taking both community centres and young people's services forward, sustainably, into the future. I'm really thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic development."

A.C.E. junior reporter awards The Activity, Challenge and Enterprise Awards and Leigh Park talent show were held on Saturday 27 April at Park Community School. Rachel Enemua, a year five pupil at Sharps Copse Primary School in West Leigh, entered the Junior Reporters Competition with an article about the ‘state’ of her local parks, sourcing ideas and offering suggestions for improvements. Rachel has completed a minijournalism course and is part of her school newspaper SCAN. She was thrilled to win. Along with her certificate she received a £5 voucher and brand new digital camera. It’s ‘Photo-Journalism’ next for Rachel!

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We see a great prize ahead tha nks to Portsmouth Guildhall… tickets to see the 'Psychic to the stars' herself, Sal ly Morgan on Wednesday 13 November. Star of Sky LIVING’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Sally returns with her outstanding 2013 nationwide tour.

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Often referred to as ‘Psychic to the stars’, Sally has built up an extensive client list having read for well known faces like Katie Pric e, George Michael and the late Princess Diana. Each year Sally packs out theatres as people from all over the country come to witness her incredible gift.

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Real life!

How Resident Participation helped me back to work

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I was put in touch with the Resident Participation team to discuss the possibility of undertaking a course to improve my skills. I am now hoping for a placement on an apprenticeship scheme to be a learning support assistant. This means everything to me as I have wanted to do this before I had my son and had to postpone it. I have waited 11 years to have the chance to do this. I started training as a nursery practitioner and undertook a BTEC National Certificate in Early Years. The opportunity to become a LSA is all I have ever wanted to do and now it looks like this is about to happen. Annette and Sue have sorted out a course for me and spoken to a school who have offered their support for an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship means that I can still work as a play leader at the school whilst undertaking my studies through Fairport College. I am also doing a food health and hygiene course with help from the council to enhance my skills for future work. My partner is also being helped by this scheme and has signed up to undertake a few courses to improve his employment chances too.

I was really keen to find work in the warehouse sector. With support from Annette , her manager Sue, and the RP team at Wecock Farm , I undertook a two day initial training course in fork lift counter balance which I passed in March. The council paid for the course, and even my travel arrangements, which has really imp roved my work prospects. Contact was easy and I felt so supported. I now have a footpath through doo rs to give myself a bigger edge for employment, as the fork lift counter balance certificate is a des irable skill. I am now waiting to complete a CSC S course and test which will help too . This course is in Portsmouth and I am being helped through Chichester College to undertake this for free.

Can we help you get back to work? Why not give the resident participation team a call on 0800 032 1531 for some free and friendly advice.

Over 80% of cigarett smoke is in e visible. Open your eye s to the hidden of sm dan Order your

Protect the young and pack it in Secondhand smoke contains harmful cancer causing toxins and poisons that are unknowingly damaging children across the country every day resulting in over 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions for children each year.

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A new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers from smoking in the home and car launched in June; you may have spotted their TV adverts.

Over 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless so no matter how careful you are children still breathe in the harmful poisons. For free help or advice for anyone who wants to give up smoking, visit www.healthypompey.com/smoking or call PompeyQuit on 023 9236 9234 or text POMPEY to 88020


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Warren Park plans! Exciting new plans for Warren Park's play area are taking shape thanks to local residents grabbing the initiative. Helped by Portsmouth and Havant councils, residents have set up CPIP – The Community Play Park Improvement Project. CPIP have been really busy fundraising with raffles, cake sales and a clothes weigh in, raising £296. They also applied for a Havant Borough Council Initiative Award and were awarded £1,000. The group are raising money to buy equipment. We helped them with some fund raising and after discussion agreed that the group could re-vamp and maintain the park. Local people have given the plans for a new play park an enthusiastic response, with over 100 turning up to an event held in May. Residents were shown

the proposed plans and ideas that came from the consultation results; everyone was really pleased with the ideas and had a great time at the event. Local partners including the fire brigade, Portsmouth City Council and Asda also turned up to show their support, as local people enjoyed face painters, burgers, an ice cream van and much more. It is hoped to have the park up and running by the end of this year.

For more informat ion pleas e contact C PIP at cpipgrou p2012@ hotmail .co.uk

e t a d p U : e k a L s ' y l l i B The Billy’s Lake Project has received £10,000 funding from the Environment Agency. The money was used to improve access, creating steps down to the lakeside, taking out overgrown vegetation and coppicing some of the trees. This has opened up the area, allowing more light in, and generating new growth. This will enable safer fishing workshops to be run, including good fish-handling for all ages. During the holidays the Acorn Centre ran workshops for young people including species identification and bird and bat box construction. They received 420 trees from the Woodland Trust and spent much of March planting these to create a more diverse habitat for the wildlife. Recently volunteers created a fishing club called ‘Off the Hook’ so the centre are looking for people to join or even help out. Why not join them for the hands-on work of cutting back paths, planting new tree species and working the land?

Interested in workshops or just want more information? Email admin@acorncentre. org.uk or phone 023 9225 8423.

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out&about JULY ★ AUGUST ★ SEPTEMBER ONGOING EVENTS

Until 7 July Charlie Tweed – I Am Algorithm Aspex. 11am–4pm. 023 9277 8080. Until 11 July Spice Island Artist Exhibition – Portsmouth Festivities The Zodiac Gallery, Portsmouth Guildhall. 023 9283 4773. Until 17 August Saturdays at the Bandstand Saturdays 1pm–4pm. Until 25 August Live at the Bandstand Sundays 1pm–4pm.

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20–21 Southsea Food Festival Palmerston Road. 10am–4pm. 21

Race For Life Seafront. Opportunity to take part in either a 5k or 10k run to raise money for Cancer Research. 9am

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Afternoon Tea St James’ Church, Milton. 4.30pm. Evensong and benediction with Bishop Christopher Foster at 6.30pm. www.stjamesmilton.org.uk

Until 15 September Teddy Bear Story City Museum.

JULY 2–13 Omega Printmakers Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth. Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 11am–6pm. www.omegaprintmakers.co.uk 4

After Hours Aspex. Open mic night. 7pm–9pm. 023 9277 8080.

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Gunwharf Quays Food Festival 10am–5pm.

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Love Southsea Market Palmerston Road precinct, 9am���5pm. www.lovesouthsea.co.uk

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Marriage Day St James’ Church, Milton. Thanksgiving and renewal of vows. 3pm. www.stjamesmilton.org.uk

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Armed Forces Day D-Day Museum. Free admission and special events. Model warships. 10am–5.30pm. 023 9282 7261.

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Waterside Market Port Solent. 11am–5pm. www.portsolent.com

Portsmouth History Fair Portsmouth History Centre, Portsmouth Central Library, Guildhall Square. Are you interested in local and family history? 10am-3.30pm.

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27–28 Saxon Invasion City Museum. Two day FREE event packed full of things to do and see, part of the Festival of British Archaeology. 10.30am-4pm.

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Beach Buggin’ Southsea Common,10am-6pm

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Thai Festival Castle Field, 10am-6pm

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Millers Ark Farm City Museum. Meet a range of farm animals in the museum gardens. 12pm-2pm.

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Create your own Detective Mask City Museum. Make your own Sherlock detective mask. 11am-3pm.

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Dot-to-Dot City Museum. Join H2oh! Education for a Dot-to-Dot Discovery Trail around the museum. 1pm-3pm.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Punch & Judy and Magic Show City Museum. Bring your teddy for a picnic at the museum, discover the Teddy Bear Story exhibition and enjoy free entertainment. 11.30am-3pm.

24 – 25 Portsmouth Reptile and Amphibian Society Cumberland House. Meet the Portsmouth Reptile and Amphibian Society and their coldblooded chums. 10am – 5pm 24 – 26 Portsmouth International Kite Festival Southsea Common 10am – 5pm 29

Football Skills with Portsmouth FC City Museum. Includes penalties against the Pompey mascot ‘Nelson’ and fastest shot. 10am-3pm. Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Punch & Judy and Magic Show City Museum. Bring your teddy for a picnic at the museum, discover the Teddy Bear Story exhibition and enjoy free entertainment. 11.30am-3pm.

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Xtreme Falconry City Museum. Watch fantastic falconry displays in the museum gardens. 12pm-2pm.

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The Royal Opera: La Rondine Big Screen, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. 023 9282 6722.

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Summer Festival Christ Church, London Road, Widley. 12pm–4pm. www.christchurchportsdown.org

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National Play Day Victoria Park. Come along to this fun event – drop in and join in the fun and games. 11am-3pm.

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Royal Opera: Tosca Big Screen, Guildhall Square. 7.30pm. 023 9282 6722.

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Kids Club Port Solent. For three to 12 year-olds. 11am–4pm. Meet by playground. www.portsolent.com

25–28 Centenary Flower Festival St James’ Church, Milton. Concert by Milton Glee Club 7.30pm on 27th. www.stjamesmilton.org.uk

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9–10 Umbrella Festival Groundlings Theatre. Jonas Hanway was born on the site in 1712. To celebrate the man who popularised the umbrella, join us for an afternoon of activities for young and old. 11am-5pm.

We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt! City Museum. Bring your teddy and join H2oh! Education for a bear hunt with a difference. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm

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Havant Multicultural Festival Havant Park. Workshops, activities, music, dance and stalls. 12pm–5pm.

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Last Night of the Proms Big Screen, Guildhall Square, 7pm

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The Teddy Bear Doctors City Museum. Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs from local bear experts and restorers, 10.30am-4pm.

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Portsmouth & Southsea Triathlon Festival Seafront 7am


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Leigh Park Festival Hundreds of Leigh Park residents came to Park Parade and Stockheath Common for a great day in the sunshine on 25 May, for the Leigh Park Festival. The Mayor and Mayoress of Havant, Cllr Paul Buckley and Mrs Jackie Buckley, opened the event, and presented the prize for the best group in the procession to Bright Stars Dance Group. TS Tenacity band from Paulsgrove entertained the crowds and in the arena the Bright Stars Dance School and a Punch & Judy man kept everyone entertained. There was also a dog show, and a dog agility demonstration. There was a Glamorous Granny competition, with the judges declaring Clare Clark (40) their winner! Later in the day, after the prize draw with lots of super prizes, some local bands were able to continue the fun into the evening. On Sunday, a popular car boot sale was held to raise funds Want for next to help year's festival. next year? Contact Hazel on 07886 943 179.

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Turn your summer into an adventure

Portsmouth's free adventure playgrounds have got plenty of activities to keep your kids happy this summer. The playgrounds are open throughout the holidays as well as term time and offer a whole range of activities where kids can cook, draw, paint, learn, discover nature, make friends and have fun. Each Friday from 12pm to 4pm during the summer break the playgrounds will host a free, themed festival at each location. Adventure playgrounds are ideally suited to children aged between six and thirteen but younger children are still welcome if accompanied by an adult. 26 July

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It's party time! Let your hair down and enjoy our fabulous summer party. With food, music, games, arts and crafts and all the usual playground fun you're sure to have a great time.

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That's all folks! Our cartoon-filled fun day will have you laughing your socks off. Come on down and join in with arts and crafts, food, music and a whole host of cartoon-themed activities. Don't forget that the playgrounds are open all year during term time, as well as school holidays.

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Housing: putting local people first We’ve made changes to the way people take priority on our housing waiting list, to help local people and members of the armed forces. The city doesn't have enough social housing for everyone who needs or wants it, and for most people there's a long wait. Who can join the waiting list?

But we now give extra priority to people who have lived in Portsmouth for two years or more, and we’re allowing members of the armed forces to join the waiting list even if they don’t have a local connection. If you’re likely to be affected by these changes we’ll be contacting you.

You can join the list if you are classed as having a genuine housing need. This could include being considered homeless, or living in severely overcrowded conditions. The number of people currently on the list is approximately 2,500. We still offer homes to those who need them the most. Priority is always based on people’s circumstances, the size of their household and their housing need.

For more info: • call 023 9283 4989 • visit the housing options team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square • search 'looking for a home' at www.portsmouth.gov.uk • email housing.options@ portsmouthcc.gov.uk (Please include a daytime phone number and details of your circumstances)

It's all cakes and ock c e W e h t t a s n w o l c Farm bake sale! Keen bakers from the Wecock Farm events team whipped up an array of tasty treats for their charity bake sale at Living Waters Church Hall, raising £60 for children's cancer charity Clic Sergeant! The team baked a delicious selection of cakes and biscuits, and provided refreshments for cake-loving punters. Members of the Leigh Park WI got stuck in too, donating home-made cakes to the cause. Chubby the clown entertained children as they got creative and decorated their own cakes.

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Have your say The Residents Consortium allows residents to have their say on issues such as allocations or tenancy agreements. We meet at 6pm on the first Thursday of each month (except August) at our Resident Participation Team base in Chaucer House. We're also keen to encourage residents in Leigh Park, Paulsgrove and Wecock Farm to have their say, would you be interested in separate local meetings? We're open to your ideas. Want to know more about the Residents Consortium? Want to give your view on how we should consult in Leigh Park, Paulsgrove and Wecock Farm? Please contact Resident Participation on 0800 032 1531 or email participation@ portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Sue Edgerley, resident participat ion manager at the council, said: "Everyone worked really hard to crea te delicious treats for the charity bake sale. The event went really well and we raised £60 which is great news for the Wecock Farm community. Thank you to everyone who came along, all don ations have been greatly appreciated."


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Ingredients 1lb/450g puff pastry 1lb/450g sausage meat 1 leek, finely chopped 1 eating apple, peeled and chopped

Wecock police have partnered with Resident Participation and Motiv8 youth service to deliver a project aimed at educating young people about the consequences of being involved in anti social behaviour. A group of nine, aged 12-18 years took part in the eight week course which covered criminal offences, meeting people with disabilities, and exploring the effects of anti-social behaviour amongst others. The group also worked with residents to strip and re-paint benches at Connors Keep sheltered accommodation, and cleared areas of fly tipping on the Wecock estate. The course concluded with a presentation evening recognising the efforts of the young men during the course, each was presented with a certificate and photo. This was a chance for partner agencies and family to gather and see the hard work they had done.

Police Constable Matthew James who helped organise the programme said: “I hope that this project will have been a life changing experience. It was designed to open their eyes to the effects anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and the community. It's been about building relationships with them and encouraging them to take pride in the estate.”

Ken Hardy, a resident at Connors Keep for the last seven years said: “It's nice to see young people working with residents and it has helped me see them in a different light. It's easy to stereotype youth when you see them in their hoodies and in large groups, but they are actually a really nice bunch and have all worked very hard.” Mark Cluett, Lead Youth Worker at Motiv8 said: “I've noticed a real change in the young people, they've quickly come so far and you can see they are now clearly thinking about their future aspirations.”

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mixture. Cut downwards diagonally along each side of the pastry, then weave into a plait over the sausage mixture. Brush with the rem aining glaze and sprinkle with grated che ese. Cook for 30 minutes until golden brown. Great hot or cold with salad and new potatoes. Perfect for picnics too. looville North PCSO Dave Hanson from Water Police said: ' enthusiasm “I've been impressed to see the lads understanding throughout. They've gained a real e they continue of helping the community and I hop und them.” to progress and help everyone aro

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rs ago. ABC The ABC book club started two yea It's different stands for Alternative Book Club. told what to to other clubs as members are not y are reading read, they take whatever book the more variety. along each month, giving readers year, with We have book sales throughout the s. This year's donations going to various charitie Hospice. See box charity is Naomi House Children's k sale. below for details of our charity boo

Calling all young readers! Join the 'Creepy House' Summer Reading Challenge. Pick up a membership pack and collect stickers for each book you read during the summer. If you read six books you'll receive a certificate and medal at our special winner's event. It's fun, FREE and in your local library from Saturday 13 July.

and There will be a raffle, refreshments homemade cakes for sale. Everyone's welcome. Your local library is an perfectly packed with up ting Interested in set plenty of radical reads, ABC group in your area? for opening times visit We can help. Get in touch www.portsmouth.gov.uk with the Resident Participation and search for 'libraries'. team to find out more.

Bag yourself a book for a good cause! Resident Participation are holding a real page turner of an event on Friday 9 August at Chaucer House, 20-28 Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth, as they hold a grand book sale to raise money for the Naomi House Children's Hospice.

Bored of your old books? Donate them and help raise funds for this amazing cause. We'll even collect them, from you, simply call 0800 032 1531. The final day for collection is Friday 28 June.

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Book review by Maria Cole From The Corner Of His Eye – Dean Koontz (Horror) This book tells two stories which intertwine. One is of Barty who loses his eyes as a young child. He has the ability to go into parallel universes where he meets his father who died when Barty was born. The other follows the book's main character, 'Junior' Enoch Cain, who is being investigated by a detective called Tom Vanadium, convinced that Junior murdered his wife. Tom also has the ability to pass objects through to parallel universes. This is a great book which I have read twice, but be warned, there are some scary and unpleasant scenes – not one for the fainthearted.


Recycle, Reuse and Cycle

For repairs and help with your cycles you can join the community wardens:

HM Navy donate pedal cycles to city's youth projects The Ministry of Defence Police and the Royal Navy in Portsmouth have donated 44 pedal cycles of various conditions and sizes to the Community Warden's Cycle Project.

youngsters. It is all part of making Portsmouth a better place and the Naval Base is committed to doing its part.�

Geoff at Portsea Adventure Playground, Monday to Saturday 3.30-5.30pm Colin at Buckland Adventure Playground, Tuesdays 4-5pm

Captain Aidan Talbott RN, HM Naval Base Portsmouth said: “HM Naval Base Portsmouth recognises the importance of supporting youth projects and are delighted to donate these bikes that have been abandoned in the dockyard.

Steve at Highbury Community Centre, Cosham, Fridays 3.30-4.30pm

"We are really pleased that not only does the excellent work of this project reduce crime but it also provides a focus and real value to

Lyndhurst House vintage tea party A wonderful afternoon of music and nostalgia, followed by a cream tea and sandwiches on vintage china, was enjoyed by the residents, families and friends at Lyndhurst House. The Bluebird Vintage Tea Party Company raised the roof with everyone joining in singing old songs. A quiz showing a wide variety of old household items and wartime questions challenged everyone, and wartime poetry corner added to the feel of the day.

"It was marvellous." Georgina Jolliffe

The event ended with the Bluebird team jiving and dancing to the tunes of the forties with much clapping and singing. Rachel, the scheme support assistant who organised the event with the help of FUNDS4U said: "What a wonderful afternoon. It was lovely to see grandparents, children and grandchildren enjoying the whole afternoon together."

"We both enjoyed it." Les and Muriel Wilding

"It was a terrific afternoon, a real bonus as it was my birthday and I was able to have my family here too." Linda Logan

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Welfare Reform - Don't bury your head The first changes to the welfare system began on 1 April 2013. Many tenants with spare bedrooms are now faced with reductions in their Housing Benefit, and an even greater number now need to make payments towards their council tax as Council Tax Benefit has been replaced by the Council Tax Support Scheme. We can provide free advice on financial problems that you may have – not just your rent.

Household Benefit Cap In July we expect to see the nationwide introduction of the Household Benefit Cap. This will take the combined income from the main out-ofwork benefits, plus Housing Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit and limit the total amount that can be received to £500 per week for lone parents or couples, and £350 per week for single adults. If you think this may apply to you please contact your local housing office so that we can check your circumstances and ensure that you have all the information and support available. The sooner we can start working with you the more time we'll have to help.

Universal Credit The switchover to Universal Credit is due to start later this year. Universal Credit will see many benefits combined to form one monthly payment. These include: • job seekers allowance

• tax credits

• employment support allowance

• housing benefit

One big change will see Housing Benefit paid directly to tenants and not to us as your landlord. It's expected the switchover may take several years, but claimants of most benefits will be affected. Watch this space for further updates.

Are you entitled to Pension Credit? Pension Credit is an income-related benefit for pensioners that is made up of two different parts, Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. Your income and savings are taken into account when looking at credits entitlement. Unsure of what credits you may be entitled to? Visit www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension to see what you may be entitled to, or speak to your housing officer for free advice.

Your responsibilities as tenants Whatever changes the government make to your benefits, ensuring your rent is paid is your responsibility. As your landlord, we will do everything we can to help you, but only if you work closely with us so we can understand your circumstances, and explore the options available to you. Please do not leave us seeking possession of your home as the only option left. If you are in arrears and need help, or want some advice about welfare reforms, speak with your housing officer today – not tomorrow. 16

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As part of the planting scheme residents from Catisfield, Rogate and Blendworth House got together to take part in an Easter Egg hunt on 4 April. They were so determined they came out in the snow – now that's dedication. Planting was put off until the warmer weather the following week on 11 April. Children and adults got together to plant two acer palmatums, a wedding cake tree, fuschias, daphne's, periwinkle, ferns, lilly of the valley, cyclamen and spring-flowering bulbs. Councillor Steven Wylie planted the specimen acer palmatum at Rogate House on the day, and residents have taken ownership of the gardens, looking after the plants until they are established.

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The name Easter comes from Eostre, an ancient AngloSaxon goddess. An annual spring festival was held in her honour.

The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol In medieval of life. times a festival of egg throwing was held in church. The priests threw a hardboiled egg to a choirboy. It was then thrown from one choirboy to the next, the boy holding the egg when the clock struck 12 won and got to keep it!

Somerstown Central

The people of Somerstown have chosen a name for the iconic structure which will house community, youth and health facilities spanning Winston Churchill Avenue – Somerstown Central. More than 500 Somerstown residents and stakeholders chose from three name options, shortlisted by local schools, churches, businesses, youth and community groups. Ladywood House resident Kath Parsons was presented with £50 of Argos vouchers, by Portsmouth City Council Leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson at the Somerstown Central building site, after her

voting slip was randomly selected in a prize draw. "I'm very proud that I've played a part in choosing the name for the building," Mrs Parsons said. "I'm looking forward to Somerstown Central opening because we're going to use it a lot – especially the café." Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: "Somerstown Central will make a big difference to the local community so it was very important that it should be local people who chose the name."

Contractors BAM, who provided the Argos vouchers, will complete the Somerstown Central building work in summer 2014. To find out more about Somerstown Central, and other projects the Housing Development team is working on, call 023 9283 4954 or email housing.development@ portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Charles Dickens Centre, a resource for the local community The Charles Dickens Centre in Lake Road, Portsmouth, is now being managed by housing on behalf of Charles Dickens Primary School. This is an exciting change that will provide better access to this fantastic facility for the local community. Heartlands Community Voice, the voluntary organisation for Landport and Buckland, will be involved in developing the programme at the centre to make sure it meets the needs of the local area. Rob Neale, Communities Co-ordinator said "In the first few weeks of managing the building we have seen more local people using the facilities and have already been able to extend our opening hours. BYAC (Buckland Youth Activities Centre) youth club and RANT studio are now looking to open later than before. These exciting changes are only the start. Keep an eye out for more and feel free to come along and have a look at all that's on offer".

This up-to-date facility has a sports hall, Multi-Use Games Area, dance studio and multipurpose areas that can be used for meetings or a wide range of activities. Charles Dickens Centre is home to BYAC Youth Club and Rant Music Studio who both provide services for young people aged 11 to 18 years. To find out more about the facilities or to Live near the Ch make a booking arles Dickens Centre? please contact Debbie on Want to be invo lved in helping 023 9273 us offer more fo r local people? 8482. Do you have idea s on activities w e could offer? Contact Rob Nea le on 07852 167896 or email rob.neale@portsm outhcc.gov.uk

Let's go fishing for friends! A group of residents meet up monthly at the Resident Participation office in Wecock Farm to chat over a cuppa about their favourite pastimes and hobbies. They recently learned how to make a fly for fishing and secured funding for a beginners fly-fishing trip at Meon Valley Springs Lakes.

Don, from Tweed Court, 85, said experience. "It was brilliant; I'll never forget the I caught two I've wanted to do this for years and nds and the rainbow trout. One weighed 2 pou ady; it was other 2.5 pounds. I've eaten one alre ing the other delicious! I'm looking forward to eat " one. Anyone know a good recipe? Other topics to be shared include a talk by Rosemary on her interest in astrology.

Interested in joining the Friendship Group?

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Contact Annette by visiting the Resident Participation office in Wecock Farm.

Multicultural Festival With the help of FUNDS4U, Havant Multicultural Forum is planning a second festival from 12 noon – 5pm on Saturday 7 September in Havant Park. Following last year's successful event, it will feature music and workshops reflecting many local communities. There will be a range of stalls and free activities for both children and adults. The stage will feature music and dance from around the world, including performers from the Bangladeshi, Chinese and African Caribbean communities – reflecting our local population. Come along and join in the fun.


Fire safety in the home Top 10 tips to make your home a safe home 2 Make a fire action plan so that everyone in your house knows how to escape in the event of fire.

1 Fit a smoke alarm and check it regularly (we'll fit one for free if you do not have one).

house talk Horoscopes Aries (21 March – 19 April) Don't waste time arguing with loved ones. Speak with your local area office for advice on financial and home issues, it will help relieve any stress that comes your way. Taurus (20 April – 20 May) You start the month focused and wanting to be taken seriously, making this an ideal time to deal with officials and people that can help you. Gemini (21 May – 21 June) Keeping an eye on the cash flow can be difficult. It may feel as if you're missing out, but you'll be glad you saved those pennies! Cancer (22 June – 22 August)

4 3 Take care when cooking with hot oil and think about using thermostaticallycontrolled deep fat fryers.

6 Never smoke in bed.

Never leave lit candles unattended.

5 Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully.

7 Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Leo (23 August – 22 August) You adore attention and there's no shortage this month. Ask for advice over any home or financial issues that are worrying you. Virgo (23 August – 22 September) Write a list of anything bothering you, and who you can seek help from. Your natural born charm will see you through, don't worry. Libra (23 September – 22 October) This is an important month in an important year for you. With Jupiter in your sign make the most of opportunities that come your way. Scorpio (23 October – 21 November)

8 Keep clothing away from heating appliances.

9 Take care in the kitchen. Accidents whilst cooking account for 59% of home fires.

You're full of life this month, save hard and make the most of warm summer nights. Sign up to an events bulletin to enjoy the summer.

10 Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking. Half of all deaths in domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am.

You may be tempted to take a big financial risk this month, but seek some free financial advice before you spend. Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December) You can achieve a lot if you set your mind to it, so don't be put off by things which seem confusing at first. Things will become much clearer when you seek advice from others with the know how. Capricorn (22 December – 16 January) The month begins with a feeling of harmony and you're more confident about your finances. See challenges as a way to move forwards. Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) Try not to be everything to everyone all the time, no one is expecting you to be perfect. Pisces (19 February – 20 March) August is a good month to be sorting out money matters and look at how you can save. Seek out some free events within the city over the summer. For entertainment purposes only

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Working out new ways for play Eight children's play areas in Havant are under new management following an agreement between Portsmouth City Council and Havant Borough Council. The decision comes after a resident-led initiative in Wecock Farm saw the first steps taken in redesigning a natural wooded play area at Linnett Close. Local residents, both young and old, have worked closely with Portsmouth City Council's landscape architects and housing teams. Parents, children and the local community have been heavily involved in plans to bring a fresh new look to the tired play site. Back in February residents were welcomed to the site to view new plans for the woodland and natural play space, while enjoying fun activities with their children. The successful project led to our housing service taking on management of other play areas around Havant situated on Portsmouth City Council land. The maintenance of the play areas will be funded by the council's housing repairs budget in conjunction with culture.

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"It made good sense for housing to take on the maintenance of the play sites as they lie close to residential areas where many of our tenants and leaseholders live." Andy Paffett, from Havant Borough Council’s Open Space Team added: “This arrangement is good news for the area, as it will allow Portsmouth City Council to respond directly to concerns and aspirations of residents. It is one of many examples of the two councils rethinking the way they work together in order to benefit residents."

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