The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust is looking for new trustees

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The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust is a registered charity (No.1156976). The Trust was established to support the development of the D-Day Museum, the only museum in the country dedicated to the story of the greatest seaborne invasion ever mounted, and of related sites across the country.

Its first target is to help secure the outstanding match funding required for the Museum's £4.8 million re-development project, Transforming the D-Day Museum. This is a minimum of £200,000. Further projects are planned in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019 and beyond, as the museum becomes the national hub for uncovering and sharing the D Day heritage across the country.

The Trust wishes to strengthen its Board of Trustees and is looking for people who have an interest in and experience of at least one of the following areas:

  • Heritage or museums in general
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Financial management
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Legal expertise
  • Operation of a charity

If you would like to apply, please send, by post or email, a cv and brief covering letter marked D-Day Museum Trust to Dr Jane Mee, Director of the Transforming the D-Day Museum Project by the closing date of Monday 7th March (contact details below). The Trust plan to meet and interview candidates on Friday 18th March.

For further information about the Trust, please contact Roger Ching , Chair of Trustees, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information about Transforming the D-Day Museum, please contact Dr Jane Mee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Postal address: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2LJ


Portsmouth attractions to be showcased during English Tourism Week

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Visitors to Portsmouth's attractions and venues can take advantage of a variety of special offers available during English Tourism Week from 5-13 March.

The national initiative features a series of events across the country showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences available and the value of the tourism industry.

Throughout the week in Portsmouth there will be a variety of different offers on different days including, free entry to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum on 5 March; 30% off admission to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower; special discounted tickets for The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia's performance of Sleeping Beauty at Portsmouth Guildhall on 8 March; a special New Theatre Royal Uncovered tour on 11 March; and 2 for 1 entry on specific days at the D-Day Museum, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Royal Marines Museum and Explosion Museum.

Kids can also swim for £1 during weekday Super Splash sessions at the Pyramids Centre and shoppers can make the most of 'Best of British' week at Gunwharf Quays, focusing on the best British brands in the centre, with deals available at stores such as Joules, Jack Wills, Crabtree & Evelyn and Cath Kidston.

Offers will be available on different days throughout the week and bargain hunters should check the Visit Portsmouth website for full details to avoid missing out.

It is hoped Portsmouth residents will be encouraged to rediscover the fantastic attractions available on their doorsteps and the national tourism week initiative also aims to raise the profile of tourism to people considering a career in the industry.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "Tourism is vital to Portsmouth as a city and is of huge benefit to the economy. English Tourism Week is just one of the ways we promote the vast array of attractions Portsmouth has to offer, not just to residents here but to a national and international audience."

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LinkedUp Fundraising becomes LinkedUp Training

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LinkedUp Training, formally LinkedUp Fundraising, is now focusing it's social objectives on up-skilling people seeking employment or currently in employment.

LinkedUp Training C.I.C is a Community Interest Company - Social Enterprise "business where society profits."
Their vision is to ensure that Solent businesses have the skills they need and that everyone who wants education, can have access to being trained in soft skills (personal attributes development), employability or business/IT skills. This could be to either build confidence or motivation, or as a route to employment. The organisation specialises in business skills and as such, will focus on raising the bar in IT skills.

They provide the opportunities at the right time for each individual, filling the training gaps where other forms of training, or education, may no longer be a sustainable, viable option due to life circumstances having “gotten in the way."

Whenever a business or private individual holds a training course with LuinkedUp Training, surpluses will go towards providing training sessions for less advantaged individuals from the Solent area.

Overall, They hope to improve some of the unemployment and qualifications statistics, recorded for Portsmouth in particular, and to positively impact the economic and skills outcomes of local residents.

Post training with LinkedUp Training, students will have an opportunity to gain work experience.

Visit their website for more information.


Finding the Female Factor at the Venus Awards Portsmouth 2016 Semi-Finalists Announcement

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Over 70 guests from all corners of Portsmouth and the PO postal code region were welcomed to the Peter Cooper Motor Group’s city showroom to attend the announcement of this year’s Semi-Finalists in the Portsmouth Venus Awards.
The response to this year’s Awards has exceeded all expectations with 1,100 nominations and applications received in one or more of the 14 categories – two of which are voted for by the public. Semi-Finalists will be invited to the Finalists Announcement at the Langstone Hotel on Tuesday 22nd March, 2016. Associate Sponsor Peter Cooper Motor Group continues to support the Awards into a third consecutive year.

Lisa Beale, Head of, said of their on-going support, "The awards are very uplifting for women and acknowledge them in a way they are normally not noticed.”

Kim Way, Owner & Managing Director of Changes Clinic of Excellence Ltd who are sponsoring the Inspirational Woman Award, said of their involvement, “It is fantastic to celebrate women from all backgrounds and to understand the challenges they face from both business and juggling families whilst achieving their goals. I am really proud to be a judge/sponsor for the Inspirational Woman category which received an incredible 62 applicants; it was a really hard decision to narrow it down as there were some amazing stories. I would love all of them to be winners.”

Heart FM is sponsoring the ever-popular public vote category of Business Mother of the Year. This year’s Charity Sponsor is Global Make Some Noise whose aim is to help transform young people’s lives.

The Venus journey will culminate in a glamorous Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held at Friday 6th May 2016 at The Pyramids.

The Semi-Finalists are:
NatWest New Business of the Year
Maxine Fitzgerald – Armour Recruitment
Becky Lodge – Little Kanga
Isobel Nancarrow – Nancarrow Partnerships
Katrina Willis – Beautiful Bells
Samantha Worsey – Southsea Bathing Hut

Changes Clinic Inspirational Woman of the Year
Lisa Baldock – Hearing dogs for deaf people
Emma Hine – Beat the Bullies
Adel Kaseke – Curvyswan
Tricia Lyons – Marvels and Meltdowns
Charlies Reilly – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd

Peter Cooper Motor Group Influential Woman of the Year
Shandrika Day – Marvels and Meltdowns
Jenny Docherty – Jenny Docherty
Annette Du Bois – CHAMPS Academy
Lynne Vinton – Portsmouth Military Wives Choir
Emily Warne - Headromance

Shirlaws Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharon Bannister – Shazbaz Designs
Sue Beckett – Portsmouth Music Hub
Lizz Clarke – LCM
Karen Font-Garcia - Karen Font-Garcia
Maggie Sawkins – Tongues&Grooves

Portsmouth Business School Small Business of the Year
Annette Du Bois – CHAMPS Academy
Kelly Louise Jordan – Charmaine of Southsea
Joanne Martin – Creative Clique
Katie Fairhall- Katie Bakes
Lesley Weatherson – Lipspeaker UK

SMART Accountancy Entrepreneur of the Year
Emily Warne – Headromance
Lesley Weatherson – Lipspeaker UK
Abbie Curtis – Amoir Camaira
Maxine Fitzgerald –Amour Recruitment
Emma Weatherstone – Live Well Coaching

Checkaprofessional Professional/Corporate of the Year
Charlotte Briere-Edney – That’s Solent
Liza Gatrell – Biscoes Law Ltd
Zara Hogg – Wilkins Kennedy LLP
Amber Leigh Mitchell – Abstract Dance & Performing Arts
Naomi O’Hara – Naomi O’Hara Permanent Cosmetics

Business of the Year
Joanne Barry – Platinum Care Solutions
Joanne Bushell – Aspex Visual Arts Trust
Jo Littler – Rare Moments Photography Ltd
Debora Parsons – Coffee Cup Portsmouth Ltd
Kelly Shaw – k:Spa

Director of the Year
Joanne Barry – Platinum Care Solutions
Stephanie Bellchambers – Biscoes Law Ltd
Catherine Carley – Parade Community Preschool
Maureen Frost – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Rhoda Joseph – Cascades Shopping Centre


Theatre enters stage right – for a diploma with a difference

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NTRPortsmouth’s New Theatre Royal features in a joint collaboration with the city’s Highbury College in another first for the area.
The exciting new partnership will see students learning all about working backstage in a real theatre environment as part of a new diploma being launched by the College in September.

Highbury’s Emma Patchett explained that the University of Arts London Performance and Production Diploma focuses on backstage skills with a performance element. “Many of the jobs in the industry now require backstage skills and, as always, we want to make our students as employable as possible so we’re delighted to be able to offer the fantastic opportunity of working with the New Theatre Royal, which will be an amazing experience for them,” she said.

“We’re the only college in the area to offer this type of performing arts qualification and the only one to collaborate with a theatre so it’s great news all round.”

Students will be spending up to one day a week at the New Theatre Royal and the rest of the week at Highbury Campus.
At the end of the two-year programme they will gain the equivalent of three A Levels so they can progress to university, an apprenticeship or directly into the industry.

The first group of hopefuls have already taken part in a series of auditions and workshops at the New Theatre Royal with the aim of securing their places on the course.

“It went really well and we had some very good feedback,” added Emma. “The students really like the idea of learning performance AND backstage skills, and we’re extremely pleased that the New Theatre Royal team were so keen to work with us in developing new, local talent.”

Caroline Sharman, the Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as it chimes perfectly with our ambitions to be a learning theatre and offer support for local people to develop backstage skills’.

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