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.


Free parking boost for Southsea

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Southsea shoppers are set to save money thanks to a new free parking scheme.

Portsmouth City Council has introduced free parking 3pm-6pm, Monday to Friday, in Ashby Place car park, located off Osborne Road and behind businesses in the southern part of Palmerston Road,

The initiative will run for the next 12 months with the aim of encouraging more shoppers to the area and boosting the profits of local shops and businesses.

This move follows the introduction of an identical scheme in North End's Stubbington Avenue car park in December.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration & Economic Development, said: "Parking prices are one of the few things the council has the power to change that can benefit businesses. We're always keen to try new initiatives, we want to attract more people to the area and hopefully the money they save in parking will be spent in the shops."

Cllr Ken Ellcome, the council's cabinet member for traffic & transportation, said: "I hope the introduction of a 'free from three' initiative in Ashby Place will help the area. Southsea is one of the city's main shopping districts and with this support we're aiming to make it even more popular."

Ashby Place car park already has free parking from 6pm - 10pm on Wednesday's to help support the evening midweek economy.


Nominations open for Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2016

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People across Portsmouth are being asked to nominate inspirational individuals or groups for the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2016.

The awards recognise volunteers who make a real difference to their area or the lives of others.

Organised by Portsmouth Together and Pompey in the Community, the awards are funded through support from local businesses and nominations open until 21 March.

Organisations or individuals can be nominated within five categories: Cleaning & Greening; My Community; Arts, Culture & Heritage; Sports & Healthy Living; and Education & Mentoring.

Each category contains three awards, with a new team prize introduced this year alongside the existing under-25 and 25 and over categories.

Up to three nominees will be shortlisted for each award by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the Portsmouth Voluntary and Community Network and the award sponsors.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Fratton Park on 1 June, during Volunteers' Week 2016.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas said: "The awards are our chance to celebrate not only the excellence of volunteers, but the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together to make Portsmouth the best city it can be. The judges will be looking for volunteers who have shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who have given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering."

Clare Martin, Pompey in the Community's director of community projects, said: "Volunteers form an integral part of any community organisation and Pompey in the Community is no different - without our volunteers we wouldn't be able to deliver programmes that have such an impact on the city and surrounding areas. We are pleased to again be part of the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteers Awards".

Nominations can be registered online by visiting or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The website also includes details of last year's award winners for anyone wanting to see the calibre of volunteers in the city.

Portsmouth Together aims to improve citywide issues by coordinating and supporting volunteer work. Lead by Portsmouth City Council it was developed with Cities of Service, an international organisation dedicated to engaging citizens.

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