FastCats get ready to roar again

Wightlink is investing more than half a million pounds in essential maintenance and improvements to its FastCats ready for the 2021 season. Wight Ryder 1 has already been lifted out of the water at the Trafalgar Shipyard drydock in Portchester for her annual refit. Wight Ryder 2 will follow in January. Major work on WR1 […]

Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower to return to white

The Spinnaker Tower is set to be returned to its original white as the naming rights agreement with Emirates has now come to an end. The Emirates branding will remain in place on the Spinnaker Tower until early summer 2021, as the 170m structure has to be painted using a specialist abseiling crew and the […]

AboutMyArea connecting Portsmouth with Island City Living

The team at AboutMyArea Portsmouth, the interactive news and information website, recently launched a new social media brand Island City Living as part of their ambitious plan for growth. Co-owner Peter Hopkinson (former Head of The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School) explains: “We wanted more people to have free access to our local news and information […]

The Reverse Advent Calendar is back – this year it’s gone virtual!

The idea of the Reverse Advent Calendar is simple – instead of taking something OUT, you put something IN like warm socks or a bar of chocolate. At the end of the month instead of an empty calendar, you have a box full of items to help those in need. Over the years individuals, work […]

Express FM shortlisted in national radio awards

Local community radio station Express FM has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards. The station has made the shortlist, which was whittled down from more than 460 entries from 90 stations from every corner of the UK. Mason Jordan, station producer, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large […]

Working together for the Solent Community

Following Wightlink’s announcement that their Fast Cat from Ryde Pier will be suspended from Saturday 14th November until further notice, Hovertravel is re-introducing ticket acceptance for customers. Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, said: “For the Solent ferry operators the unique circumstances of this COVID crisis have challenged us all and demonstrated that co-operation is […]

Local Businesses adapting to online sales

Shaping Portsmouth is working with businesses in Portsmouth as part of the Go Shop, Go Eat, Go Safe, Go Local campaign. One of these businesses is the award winning, Creatiques bridal boutique in Albert Road, with over 27 local, national and international awards. Like many businesses, during the lockdown period the owners have had to […]

Hovertravel awarded the highest level of Government accessibility accreditation

Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, has announced that Hovertravel has been awarded ‘Leader’ level in the Government’s Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme. The Leader level is the top level of accreditation in the scheme, with Hovertravel being one of two companies recognised at this level, alongside Brighton & Hove Buses. Accessibility Minister Chris […]

Go shop online, Go local, Go Christmas

As we enter a second lock down, Portsmouth residents are being encouraged to click local and support businesses in their community when Christmas shopping online this year. Portsmouth City Council is challenging residents to digitally rediscover and support their local high streets, markets and all the quirky independent businesses the city boasts by ordering locally […]