Community safety survey - Have your say!

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The Safer Portsmouth Partnership would like to speak to Portsmouth residents about their concerns and experience of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city.

Small teams of researchers will be out and about in Portsmouth in February and early March to find out more from members of the public.

Researchers will be wearing high visibility yellow waistcoats and will have Safer Portsmouth identification. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete with the researchers asking questions and writing down the answers.
All answers will be anonymous but will contribute to the overall picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the Portsmouth.

Your Views Matter
Hearing the views and experiences of residents in the city in an important part of improving community safety in the Portsmouth. Times and dates can be found below and at

11/02/2016 - Thursday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Morrisons in Victory Retail Park
  • 2pm - 5pm - Somerstown Housing Office

12/02/2016 - Friday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Commerical Road

22/02/2016 - Monday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Drayton and Farlington Sainsbury's
  • 2pm - 5pm - Commercial Road

23/02/2016 - Tuesday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Fratton Bridge Centre
  • 2pm - 5pm - Palmerston Road

24/02/2016 - Wednesday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Palmerston Road
  • 2pm - 5pm - Eastney Co-op, Milton

25/02/2016 - Thursday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Fratton Bridge Centre
  • 2pm - 5pm - Buckland Community Centre

29/02/2016 - Monday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Cosham High Street
  • 2pm - 5pm - Buckland Community Centre

01/03/2016 - Tuesday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Palmerston Road
  • 2pm - 5pm - Cosham High Street

02/03/2016 - Wednesday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Paulsgrove Housing Office

03/03/2016 - Thursday:

  • 10am - 12pm - Outside University Library

04/03/2016 - Friday:

  • 2pm - 5pm - Commercial Road



Applications now open for studio space at Hotwalls Studios

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The studios:
Hotwalls Studios aims to provide a supportive community in which artists, creatives and makers can develop and grow their businesses.
The studio spaces are located in unique and important heritage buildings - known collectively as Point Battery. Thirteen studios are available, ranging in size from 194 square feet (18 square metres) to 258 square feet (24 square metres).

Hotwalls Studios can be used between 7am to 11pm, seven days a week. You would be expected to occupy the studio for at least 30 hours a week during this period.

You can apply to rent a whole studio or to share with another business.

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How to apply:
Hotwalls Studios have produced a studio application pack which contains detailed information about the studios, including rents and terms.

To request a pack please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is 25th March 2016. Please note that they won't be able to let you know if you have been successful until the deadline has passed.


Young artists wanted: Hampshire & the Isle of Wight 5-16-year-olds invited to design the 'Victory Trophies' for this summer's Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

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One of Britain's biggest sporting events, the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth returns this summer and young designers from Hampshire & the Isle of Wight are again being sought to help create the official event trophies.

The 'Victory Trophies' competition returns for its second year, and is open to all Hampshire and Isle of Wight young people aged 5-16, with June 6th the closing date for entries. The competition is supported by The 1851 Trust, official charity of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, which aims to inspire young people through sailing and the marine industry.

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Last year over 2,000 entries were received with eventual winner Leo Howard (6yrs old) from Solent Infant School in Farlington having his design professionally created into a stunning trophy and presented to the winning America's Cup team at the prize giving. To add to Leo's delight home team Land Rover BAR won with Sir Ben Ainslie presented the 'Victory Trophy' by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. The creator of this year's winning design will again be involved in the spectacular final day presentation on Sunday, July 24.

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth sees the world's best sailors pitted against each other in three days of fast and furious racing from July 22-24, 2016. Competing teams include local hero Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history and Team Principle and skipper of Land Rover BAR, the reigning America's Cup defenders Oracle Team USA, current World Series leaders Emirates Team New Zealand, and fellow America's challengers Artemis Racing from Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France.

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Young designers will find plenty of inspiration from host city Portsmouth's iconic seafront and naval history and the high-speed hydrofoiling AC45f catamarans sailed in the event. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel including official Artist in Residence of British America's Cup team Land Rover BAR, Jeremy Houghton, who was the official BT Olympic Artist for London 2012, and has painted for royalty as artist in residence at Highgrove for HRH The Prince of Wales, and at Windsor Castle for HM The Queen.

Jeremy Houghton commented: "I'm delighted to be involved in this competition, which I hope will get children and young people across Hampshire thinking about design and technology, and really excited about this fantastic sailing event. I can't wait to see everyone's ideas and creativity, and to see those ideas turned into a beautiful trophy that becomes a little piece of sailing history."

Other judges include Land Rover BAR sailor and 1851 Trust Ambassador David Carr, who'll be fighting hard to win the Victory Trophy in July, and Mark Waldron Editor of the News Portsmouth.

To download the entry information visit

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Explosion Museum needs your help to build exciting new collection

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Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport is asking residents to raid their attics and dig out old photographs and items as part of an exciting new project.

The new project – Priddy’s People – aims to bring to life the stories of local men and women who worked at the 18th century Royal Navy Armament Depot, Priddy’s Hard, which is now Explosion Museum.

The collection of handling artefacts will feature as part of a free street party event held in the museum grounds on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May.

Community Outreach Officer at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Jo Valentine, said: “We use handling artefacts in a number of ways with community and school groups at our museum. They could be a starting point for a discussion, inspiration for an artwork and simply help tell the story of the workers at Priddy’s Hard.

“An artefact isn’t just something that you would put monetary value on – they aren’t always made of gold or the finest china. Often they are quirky and not always over 100 years old. They could simply be a worker’s manual, a clocking in card or a Priddy’s Hard football trophy made of scrap tin won by someone’s Grandad.

“Artefacts are a snapshot in time and reflect the people and the social change at a certain period. Artefacts can be used to unlock memories of a time gone by, an emotion, be it joy or even anger and help someone connect with the past. They are incredibly valuable in telling the human story of an historical site such as Priddy’s Hard.”

Explosion centres around an original powder magazine of 1771 and traces the development of naval armaments from gunpowder to the Exocet missile.

Priddy’s Hard had a huge female workforce during both world wars, as well as a 300-plus home guard and many residents would have had relatives working there.

Drop-in sessions for people to bring in items and photographs of Priddy’s Hard have been organised for the following dates at Explosion:

  • Tuesday, 16th Feb, 11am – 1pm
  • Thursday 7th April, 2.15pm- 4.15pm

If you are interested in contributing items to Priddy’s People, call the Community Outreach team on 02392 727 595.

For more information on Explosion, visit:


Portsmouth City Council launch My Portsmouth app

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My Ports web"You report it, Portsmouth City Council will sort it", that's the motto for the new 'My Portsmouth' app that Portsmouth City Council are launching today, Friday 5 February.

Available for both apple and android devices, My Portsmouth is a free app that allows members of the public in Portsmouth to report problems they see around the city, quickly and easily.

Residents will be able to report a wide range of problems such as a broken streetlight, potholes, a dumped fridge or fly tipping, dog fouling, hazardous paving, graffiti, blocked curb-side drains, and illegally parked vehicles. It gives the people of Portsmouth the opportunity to report these issues as and when they see them, and ensures that the council are aware of the problem. With a built in camera function within the app, all it takes is a couple of taps and a snap, and problems are reported straight back to the Council's core services to respond to.

The app is all part of the new Clean City Service the council has formed to keep the great waterfront city safe, clean and tidy, and forms part of the wider channel shift programme, which received capital funding in October 2014.

Aimed at driving simple but effective communication, the reports received from the app will allow staff to work in a more time efficient and targeted way.

To download the app, simply visit the Apple or Android store and search for 'My Portsmouth'.

Future updates for the app will include even more functions to allow you to communicate with the council whenever, and wherever you are.

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