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Portsmouth City Council launches new school attendance campaign

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Portsmouth City Council 2011Portsmouth City Council is aiming to improve school attendance levels with a new campaign running in schools across the city.

Last year, one in five students in the city each had at least one week of unauthorised absence from school, missing about 25 lessons and leaving gaps in their learning which make it harder for them to achieve their full academic potential.

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South coast fireworks extravaganza set to return to Gunwharf Quays in partnership with Barnardo’s

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Gunwharf Quays has announced the return of its legendary fireworks extravaganza, in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s. The centre is asking those attending the free event to donate just 50p to help reach their fundraising target. Following the success of previous years, the event will return on Thursday 8th November and is set to attract thousands of locals to the waterfront shopping destination.

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Major showcase for most important underwater excavation in decades to begin with call for volunteers

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image004 webSince 2017 the £2million underwater excavation of HMS Invincible 1744 by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) in partnership with Bournemouth University has grabbed the nation’s imagination. A dedicated team of archaeological divers guided by Dan Pascoe, the site’s licensee, has been working against time in the Solent to reveal the wreck’s secrets in what is the country’s most significant maritime archaeology project since the 1980s.

Now the chance to share the important scientific findings, technology and history behind the project is secure, with confirmation that MAST and The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) have been awarded a £360,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, thanks to National Lottery players.

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Government pledges to fund work to improve Portsmouth bus emissions

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Portsmouth City Council 2011Work to improve air quality in Portsmouth has taken a step forward after the government announced it will fund work to improve emissions from buses.

Portsmouth City Council will be developing plans to retrofit buses in the city with new technology to reduce emissions. The move comes after the council submitted a feasibility study to Defra.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Installs New Solar Panels

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Portsmouth Cathedral has teamed up with Portsmouth City Council's energy services team to put a 6.6kW solar array on Cathedral House in St Thomas's Street, Old Portsmouth.

The 24 panel array, which will generate approximately 5700kWh per annum of renewable electricity, has been installed by Portsmouth based company Space Renewables run by Stephen Jackson, and project managed by Portsmouth City Council's energy team as part of their wider PV initiative.

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