36 Hours: Jutland 1916 Exhibition [INTERVIEWS]

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Earlier this week Cheryl Buggy attended a preview of an exhibition that has been scheduled in the lead up to the centenary of the largest naval battle in history, the Battle of Jutland.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) will open a major exhibition to commemorate the Battle, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on the subject, and will highlight the essential role of the British Royal Navy in winning the First World War.

At the exhibition, Cheryl spoke to Matthew Sheldon, Director of Heritage for NMRN, and Jock McGrigor, son of Sir Rhoderick McGrigor who fought at Gallipoli, Jutland and in the Second World War.


Portsmouth is gearing up for a summer of cycling

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Whether you are complete beginner, getting back into cycling, wanting to cycle with your children or a serious cyclist looking for like-minded people, there will be a free local ride for you to join as Portsmouth City Council once again launches its summer programme of free guided rides in partnership with British Cycling.

Starting on Sunday 12 June a total of 15 Sky Ride Local rides will be held, which will see trained British Cycling ride leaders guide groups across various distances starting with an easy going three mile ride from Mountbatten to Cosham Park.

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "We want to get more people interested in cycling in 2016 - whether it is watching the professionals in action at the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Guildhall Square on Thursday 9 June, coming to the Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling on Sunday 3 July, or by signing up to take part in our summer programme of free British Cycling rides.

"The guided rides are a perfect opportunity for families and individuals of all abilities to cycle varying distances, you can choose a ride to suit your comfort factor. I'm looking forward to seeing many more residents enjoying the city and beyond by bike."

This year the council are challenging residents to sign up for the final ride which is a 29 mile Portsmouth to Fishbourne Loop on Sunday 25 September.

A bit like a couch to 10k running programme, participants are encouraged to sign up for a number of Sky Ride Local rides throughout the summer gradually increasing the distance before taking on the final challenge, which starts and finishes at Portsmouth Watersports Centre.

In addition to the Sky Ride Local programme, there are a number of other opportunities to enjoy cycling in the city this year.

Portsmouth City Council will once again be running Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling on Sunday 3 July. There will be a host of activities to enjoy including a fully accessible 3km traffic free cycle course.

British Cycling's women-only programme of guided rides, Breeze, continue to run throughout the year offering the chance to get fit, have fun and make friends. In addition, British Cycling host Britain’s biggest online cycling community, Ride Social. Register to join rides that are happening locally or set up your own rides. Please note these are not guided rides.

To find out more and register for a Sky Ride Local, Breeze or Ride Social ride visit

For more information about cycling in Portsmouth and the Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling visit  or 'like' the Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page.


Free food tasting at market event

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Shoppers can watch delicious street food being created, and then sample it themselves, at a free event at Portsmouth's city centre market.

Chef Robin Van Creveld will be demonstrating easy dishes that use local seasonal produce, and shoppers can pick up free recipe cards and bags for life.

The kitchen theatre event, from 10am to 3pm on Friday 20 May, is part of a national Love Your Local Market campaign to encourage residents to use their local markets.

Portsmouth's lively city centre market, which has been going for 800 years, has around 40 stalls, and runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Traders, some of who have had stalls in the family for generations, sell everything from household products to pet food, from fashion to flowers, along with fresh fruit and veg.

Cllr Luke Stubbs is Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development on Portsmouth City Council, which is running the cookery event. He said: "Our bustling market is a great tradition and something to celebrate. The stalls are so varied and you can't beat the atmosphere.

"It's a lot more interesting than shopping on the internet or in a big out-of-town retail centre. Plus, by using the market you're supporting the local economy.

"This event is a great opportunity to try the market out if you don't use it regularly. You can watch tasty dishes being prepared, pick up a recipe card and a free Love Your Local Market bag, then buy some ingredients in the market, before trying out the dishes at home."

The Love Your Local Market campaign is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities, with support from the markets industry and the government.
More details of the national campaign are at


‘Golden Barque’ To Be Restored To Portsmouth Cathedral Tower

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CATH WEA webIt will be an event to remember. The tower clock chimes of Portsmouth Cathedral have been silent since July 2015 and the cathedral tower has been clad in vinyl wrapping while vital restoration has been underway to repair the structure. On Monday 23 May, a significant milestone will take place hailing the near completion of the works: the ‘Golden Barque’ will be restored to its rightful spot at the top of Portsmouth Cathedral Tower.

Visitors and residents alike in Portsmouth will have observed the building works over the past year at the cathedral where a restoration team from Daedalus Conservation has been working on the 17th century tower and 12th century east walls of the cathedral. Restoration of the tower and walls of Portsmouth Cathedral has been thanks to a grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

Both the city’s cathedrals, Portsmouth Cathedral, St Thomas of Canterbury and St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, were amongst those which received grants thanks to the government-sponsored fund. The fund was established in 2014 to support vital repairs to some of England’s most important historic buildings and in special recognition of the role of cathedrals in Britain’s shared history. In special commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, two commemorative rain hoppers were installed earlier this year on the tower, inscribed with the dates “1914” and “2014”.

The beautiful gilded ship at the top of the tower, the ‘Golden Barque’, was added in 1710 to the cupola where it has acted as a weathervane and as a welcome landmark for homecoming ships. Portsmouth lore holds that whenever the barque was taken down for cleaning, local mothers would place their babies in it believing this would prevent death from drowning.

The original barque was blown down in a gale in 1954, and is now mounted on an oak plinth in the nave constructed from timbers recovered from HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar.

The current replacement barque was last restored in 1969 during some restoration work. The barque was restored this past December, newly gilded in gold leaf, and until now has been available for up close viewing and inspection by the public in the nave of the cathedral.

“This will likely be an event to remember,” said the Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth, “restoration work of this scope is a rare event, and the barque at Portsmouth Cathedral serves as a highly visible emblem of our city’s connection to the sea and all those who work on it.”

While the precise time of day for the barque’s emplacement is pending, the operation is expected to take approximately two hours, pending weather conditions. With the scaffolding to be removed around the top of the tower, the work should be easily visible to any hopeful viewers able to find a vantage point around Old Portsmouth.

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