David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, gives an update on the Solent devolution deal:
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is proud to have secured one of the City's largest private sector employers as sponsor for the Wavemakers volunteer programme.
As a result the organisers are pleased to announce the application process for this year's volunteer programme 'The Wavemakers, presented by Airbus' officially open.
The team organising the Portsmouth event are looking to secure 250 volunteers. Mike Healy, Portsmouth Site Director from Airbus, the Official Volunteer Partner, accompanied 10 Wavemakers to Southsea Castle to officially mark the opening of the 2016 application process.
Mike Healy, said: "Our Portsmouth base has been key in our development over 60 years to becoming the world's second largest space company employing more than 1000 people at our Portsmouth site. We are therefore proud to sponsor the 'Wavemakers' Volunteer programme at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 2016 in our home town of Portsmouth. We are keen to support our local community, demonstrate our commitment to the area and connect our people and highly innovative technology to this exceptional event."
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is all about high adrenaline, fast paced action on the water, as the best sailors in the world compete on 'flying' boats that reach speeds of over 40mph, just metres away from the spectators on shore. Last year close to a quarter of a million people visited Portsmouth to watch the action with British heroes Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing taking the win on home waters. The Wavemakers volunteers were integral to the success of the event, helping to make the spectator experience fun, engaging and enjoyable. The Wavemakers are more than the face of the event, they are the local ambassadors, they inspire visitors to the City and educate them about everything the America's Cup has to offer. Each and every volunteer is proud and passionate about their City, giving visitors a warm welcome and assistance to enjoy the event to maximum effect.
Event Director Leslie Greenhalgh added; "The ''Wavemaker Volunteers were a huge success story from last year's event. Their unfailing cheerfulness and enthusiasm gave the event real character. This dedicated team of trained volunteers contributed hugely to our ability to stage this spectacular event. We are delighted to have such an important local company as Airbus on board helping us support over 250 Wavemaker volunteers before and during the event."
To prepare for the event, Volunteer training days will be designed and again be delivered pre-event by HTP Training, the Official Customer Services Training Provider to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth. HTP Training is one of the leading work-based training providers in the country, specialising in working with business leaders from a wide range of sectors to develop staff, achieve business goals and access Government funding. HTP Training also offers a full range of vocational training programmes and intensive courses.
For more info on how to become an official 'Wavemaker' visit www.lvacwsportsmouth.com/volunteering
Families can enjoy a host of nature-themed activities at Cumberland House Natural History Museum during the Easter holiday.
The fun starts on Saturday 26 March with wildlife-themed activities run by Southsea Wildlife Watch. The event runs from 10am-12pm and aims to get 5-15 year-olds more involved with nature. Under-8s must be accompanied by an adult and there's a suggested £3 donation per person.
Visitors can learn more about owls the following Saturday 2 April with Owl Pellet Investigation sessions at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm. It's an opportunity to examine what owls eat by dissecting real owl pellets and identifying the bones and other evidence inside. This family activity is suitable for those aged six years and older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions cost £2 per child or £1.20 with a leisure card. Places are limited and must be booked in advance at Cumberland House reception or by calling 02392 815 276.
Cumberland Houses bees take centre stage in the second week with a Meet the Bumblebees event 1pm-4pm on Tuesday 5 April and All About Bees 10.30am-11.30am on Friday 8 April.
Both events give children the chance to learn more about bees and the beehive in the museum and are free, although colouring sheets for Meet the Bumblebees cost 20p each.
Throughout the holidays 25 March - 10 April families can also explore the colours and patterns of the natural world and follow the Designed by Nature Activity Trail around the museum displays. Trails cost 50p each.
For more information on any of the events visit www.portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk
Sir Keith Mills is the man behind Team Origin who runs the Americas Cup World Series racing in Portsmouth, and he is one of Ben Ainslie's backers. Cheryl Buggy spoke to Sir Keith about how Ben’s campaign is going, how Portsmouth is benefiting from having BAR here, and the racing that will be happening here in July:
Residents in Milton have come together to maximise the community's use of St James' Green.
The newly formed Friends of St James' Green group will be working to represent the interests of all users of the green space and children's play area.
A range of different groups use the area including children, families and dog walkers all of which have different needs and priorities and the Friends will aim to make sure everyone gets as much enjoyment from the space as possible.
The green is part of the St James' Hospital site but was bought by Portsmouth City Council in 2006 and is now protected open space.
The council has worked with residents on the formation of the new group which will hold its first committee meeting in April and details of how to join will be announced after this.
Cllr Linda Symes, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, said: "It is wonderful to see members of the community come together in this way. St James' Green is a great space for everyone to use and this can only benefit the area."