Date: October 12th, 2021
Barbara and David are introducing fine vintage watches to their beautiful shop in Marmion Road.’We plan to showcase the watches and discuss their fascinating history several times over the next 12 months’ explained Barbara.
Alan and Sue Poultney will be presenting these evenings. They have been dealing in fine vintage watches for many years. Their main inventory includes PatelPhilippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger le Coultre & Heuer, other manufacturers are also available on request.
Alan and Sue tend to specialise in pre 1979 watches as, in their opinion, they are much better crafted, although of course there are some honourable exceptions. In addition, fewer watches were produced, creating a scarcity factor and most of the watch manufacturers were independent rather than being part of a larger parent company, as is very much the case nowadays.
‘Watches are as personal as any item of jewellery, some people like rectangles some prefer rounds, others only like certain brands. As with most items, you should buy what you like, what you can afford, from people you trust’ said Barbara.
Alan and Sue will provide specific information about each of the watches on display. There will be no obligation to buy, but should you wish to purchase a particular time piece, either at the time, or at a later date Alan will be happy to discuss this with you.
All of the watches come with warranties, each of them professionally serviced and, in some cases, lovingly & sympathetically restored.
There will be limited spaces to these events, please call if you are interested in booking a place
Date: October 12th, 2021
Climate change affects all of us–in every country and on every continent. Here in Portsmouth we are already witnessing changes to our sea levels, extreme weather events, warmer summers, wetter winters and increasing air pollution–all signs that climate change is happening around us.
Portsmouth is about to hold its first ever Climate Festival, to raise awareness of climate challenges in the city.It will highlight the implications of climate change for Portsmouth and the opportunities for us to make a positive difference.
The Climate Festival has been established by the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth CityCouncil and Portsmouth Climate Action Board.One of the organisers-Professor SteveFletcher, Director of Revolution Plastics at the University of Portsmouth and Chair of thePortsmouth Climate Action Board says: “The climate emergency remains the biggest long-term challenge our city faces.We need to make tackling climate change a top priority.ThePortsmouth Climate Festival will give the people of Portsmouth a chance to find out more and encouragement to help make a difference.”
Timed to link with UK hosting theUN Climate Change Conference COP26 in November, theClimate Festival will bring together organisations and communities across the city in a range of special events.Portsmouth Climate Festival will be an opportunity for the city to explore issues related to the four main goals of COP26.
Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
Mobilise finance for climate action
Work together to rise to the challenges of the climate crisis
How to get involved:
You can take part by holding an online or in-person event or activity, inspired by the need for urgent climate action in Portsmouth. To find out more visit:https://portsmouthclimatefestival.org/
If holding an event is not for you–why not come along to one of the events being held? Lookout for activities for children during half term week as well as more grown up talks and seminars in the evenings and at weekends.Some highlights include:
22nd October 10-12 noon – Plastics, climate and the art of making change, a webinar event where you can learn more about the inspiring work being done by the University of Portsmouth in Nairobi to help eliminate plastic pollution.Contributors from all over the world will co-host this event.
23rd October – Afternoon.Open day at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). An opportunity to witness the research being done by the University. There will be demonstrations, experiments, activities and a chance to meet the team.There will also be an opportunity to sign up for the first ever plastic surveys in Portsmouth. A great free day out for all the family.
1st November – Climate Challenges in Portsmouth–at this important event academics from the University and beyond will outline the climate challenges facing our city drawing on experience from their own research.It’s a must-see event for anyone who wants to understand more about climate change affecting their everyday lives.
There are many more events being held during the three-week event.Please keep checking back at the website as more events are added each day. https://portsmouthclimatefestival.org/
Date: October 12th, 2021
We all know wine and food go well together, but…watch out wine, there’s a new pairing on the block. It’s time to forget the stuffy rules about what ‘should’ go with what and expand your mind(and palette) to match your favourite dish with beer.
It maybe frowned upon in some circles, but food and beer have been enjoyed together since the 17th century and now with the variety of styles and flavour profiles in modern beer there’s a plethora of combinations for you to choose from.Yes, there are certain hops that complement certain dishes, but for us, it really is a playground to experiment.
Liam from Spice Island Chilli recently asked us to pick a beer to accompany a recipe created by local food blogger @amyeats_southseaand food snapper Jason Buckner and. It was so interesting to make the rich, smoky dish and work out what style to pair it with. Jason supplied a selection of beers for us to sample and we’ve recommended a pairing for you to enjoy. We went for a hoppy pale from Deya which elevated the dish with its citrusy flavour profile.
Why not visit www.spiceislandchilli.com for the recipe and let us know what you think
Posted in: Food & Drink
Date: September 20th, 2021
My Dog Sighs and Manfred Mann. By Emma Beatty
My Dog Sighs installation
Did you manage to go inside My Dog Sighs installation in the derelict ballroom of The Queens Hotel? Upstairs, above the abandoned casino that had been the haunt of trespassing teenagers? Some of whom claimed to have seen the ghost of an old barman still floating about?
It was an amazing event for Southsea – breathing much-needed life into one of our many abandoned buildings and putting Southsea on the map for its wealth of street artists. It was quite an achievement for the artist whose huge eye murals watch out all over the city. He funded the art installation through crowdfunding, even having to re-mortgage his home. The project took a year and a half to complete, and included a series of sculptures of strange little figures that he called the Quiet Little Voices. The beautifully lit show wove in all the familiar strands of his art – the empty drinks cans, huge single staring eyes with the elegant curving eyelashes, and a new strand of smaller pieces dedicated to the 300 pigeons who roost in the building, including a sort of giant wicker nest, delicately woven, as a centre piece.
This latest exhibition was a very rare chance to go into this local building that has sat empty for some 40 years but was once a thriving part of Southsea’s music scene.
The eerie glitter ball and abandoned red velvet bar are still so evocative of a time that must have been so full of life.
Manfred Mann play Kimbells
By strange chance, I happened to chat about that very same building a few weeks ago with Paul Jones – lead singer of Manfred Mann – who remembered playing there in the ‘60s – when it was Kimbells, one of the liveliest music venues in the city.
“As a band, Manfred Mann regularly used to play Kimbells on Osborne Road every Thursday. It was a great venue. They had tea dances and things in the early ‘60s. I always liked that view, coming off Osborne Road, looking across the Common out onto the Solent. That’s changed very little. All the big bands used to play there. It was quite a scene.”
“I’ve got vivid memories of Portsmouth live music back then – especially seeing Roy Young in the ‘50s — the legendary rock and roll singer, pianist and keyboard player — at Portsmouth Guildhall. It was a fluke that we got to see him, we had tickets for Craig Douglas, but he had tonsillitis and had to pull out. Roy took over – our win; he played and sang like a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.
“I grew up in Portsmouth, and it always gives me a nostalgic feeling going back to play the King’s Theatre there as I remember being dragged in as a child to see shows like Carousel, and Lonnie Donegan.
“I live in Essex now, but went to school in Drayton and then Portsmouth Grammar. You could say I learned to sing at Portsmouth Cathedral where I was a choir boy.
“The city’s changed radically since then, I remember the Guildhall used to look out over beautiful trees and parks. And the mudlarks too, down between the station and the dockyard. When the tide was out, they used to dive for coins. It was extraordinary acrobatics. What a way to earn money.”
Legendary pioneers of British Rhythm & Blues, The Manfreds, are coming to the King’s Theatre on 17 October as part of a UK tour with Georgie Fame. Founded as Manfred Mann in 1964 with hits such as ‘5-4-3-2-1’, ‘Pretty Flamingo,’ and ‘Mighty Quinn’, they disbanded in the ‘60s and reformed as the Manfreds in 1991 with original singer Paul Jones alongside founding members Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness.
My Dog Sighs’ Eye
The Manfreds, photo: Judy Totton
Posted in: Art & Culture
Date: September 19th, 2021
Up and down the country there is now a shortage of property coming to the market, with plenty of buyers desperately looking to buy their dream home, or even just something that vaguely meets their requirements. This is helping to keep house prices very buoyant of course, but I’d not want to give the impression house owners are in the midst of some sort of goldrush either, especially as experienced surveyors aren’t afraid to correct house values — which helps to keep prices in check.
Getting the price of your property correct is not something an algorithm from an online portal can predict, particularly in our city where the legacy of World War Two left gaps in traditional streets of two and three bedroom houses that were subsequently filled by much larger homes or flats.
A good example of this was a sale of a four bedroom 1980s townhouse with garage, plus parking, in a street where the rest of the properties tended to sell at around £220,000.00. The owner had booked four valuations and I was the last appointment.
I provided a valuation of £290,000.00 and the owner was overcome with shock and instantly accused me of over valuing the property, just to gain the instruction, as he had received three other valuations of £250,000.00. On returning to the office, I discussed the valuation with my colleagues who all concurred with my recommendation.
I started to look around for more comparables to justify my valuation to the owner and happened to find an online notice detailing the exact property and there, sure enough, was a predicted valuation for the property of £250,000.00. The algorithm had taken the average value for the street, added two bedrooms, and come up with a £250,000.00 valuation, which the other agents had relied upon.
I popped back to the house and showed the owner my findings who subsequently agreed to allow me a short contract to try and sell the property. We ended up achieving in excess of the asking price, to both mine and the owner’s delight.
Working with the customer to achieve the best possible price for a property isn’t just a moral obligation, it’s a legal obligation under the estate agents act, which we at Fry & Kent vehemently adhere to.
It’s also a two-way street, because if the owner wishes to try for a higher price than our initial recommendation then we always respect their decision (within reason), because ultimately nobody knows the exact price a property might achieve. From then on, it’s in the hands of the surveyors to certify the price — and also protect buyers from making costly errors.
Date: September 19th, 2021
The University of Portsmouth’s new Ravelin Sports Centre is an outstanding new sports centre for students and local residents. Superb facilities include a 25m 8 lane swimming pool, 175 station gym, climbing wall, ski simulator, and community orchard.
With views to the historic parkland outside, taking a dip in the pool will seem like swimming in the open air. Rising from basement to roof, the impressive climbing wall will challenge your skills. Using the latest fitness technology, a workout in the gym or virtual skiing will keep health goals on track.
Ravelin Sports Centre has been designed to the highest sustainability credentials for sports centres in the UK. This facility is aiming to be net zero carbon ready and has received a top rating of ‘Outstanding’ at design stage from BREEAM UK, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for buildings.
Located in Ravelin Park, Museum Road, its spaces exploit natural light and ventilation. The sports hall is located at the top of the building, allowing for natural light from its roof lights to minimise energy consumption. The 8 lane swimming pool on the ground floor is glazed enabling swimmers to have views of the natural green spaces outside, creating the feeling of open-air swimming in the park.
Ravelin Sports Centre will utilise renewable sources of energy from 684 photovoltaic roof panels and internal heat recovery systems. Pool water is reused for toilet flushing and a new community orchard is part of a sustainable drainage system. A green roof has also been installed and sown with grass and wildflower seed.
The green feel for Ravelin Sports Centre extends through its design. From the distinctive natural terracotta cladding that has been selected to blend with the historic buildings nearby to the ethos of extending the activity inside this modern sports facility into the landscape of Ravelin Park through new pathways and a wildflower amphitheatre for outdoor events. The amphitheatre and surrounding park has been sown with a vibrant mixture of wildflowers, herbs and perennials including daisies, cowslips, yarrow, thyme and chives. 140 new native trees have been planted and bat and bird boxes are planned to increase fauna and biodiversity.
For more information visit:
Date: September 15th, 2021
Symptoms could include intermittent sound, blocky images (pixelation) or loss of TV signal.
Free support is available from Restore TV. Restore TV’s role is to ensure people can continue to enjoy free to view TV when mobile is upgraded in their area. It provides help to anyone experiencing interference to TV services caused by mobile signals. Restore TV offers additional support for people who are 75 years of age or older, are registered blind or partially sighted or receive any of the following benefits: personal independence payments (PIPs); attendance allowance; constant attendance allowance or War Pensioner’s Mobility Support.
Ben Roome, CEO of Restore TV, said: “We know just how important TV is to inform, entertain and provide welcome company. Restore TV exists to ensure we all can continue to access free to view TV as mobile services are improved across the country.”
“If you see new TV interference, we’re on hand to help you resolve the issue. We can send a Restore TV filter, free of charge, for you to fit between your aerial lead and TV or set-top box to remove mobile signals and allow you to watch free to view TV as normal. Full instructions are included, and we can provide further advice online and by phone if needed.
“In most instances, fitting the filter will resolve any issues, but if this isn’t the case, we may also be able to arrange a follow-up visit from a Restore TV engineer at no cost, depending on eligibility.”
Cable and satellite TV, such as Sky or Virgin, are not affected. However, viewers with these services, who also watch free to view TV through an aerial, can receive a free Restore TV filter.
Residents are more likely to be affected if they live in an area with weak digital television reception, have a TV signal booster and whose TV aerial is close to a mobile mast.
For residents in flats or communal buildings, Restore TV provides landlords or property managers with support to resolve the problem.
Any viewers who experience new interference to free to view TV should contact Restore TV on:
· 0808 13 13 800 (free from landlines and mobiles)
For more information, please visit https://restoretv.uk/
Date: September 13th, 2021
Plant-based seasoning brand, Yondu, has been taking inspiration from the hills of Northern Italy with their take on a rustic Ribollitta. Just a tablespoon of Yondu’s all-purpose seasoning can add depth to flavour whilst adding an umami twist to the dish and reduce the need to simmer the veggies for hours.
Lighter than a stew, but chunkier than a soup, this Mediterranean-inspired meal will be on the table in no more than thirty minutes. Using seasonal, readily available produce, the dish is a comfort that can be brought to the office for lunch or shared with family on cozy evenings in.
Take notes from Tuscany, where a culture that has been built on using leftovers and reducing food waste. Bring stale sourdough back to life to with the warm cream of the cannellini, and use every part of the celery, peppers, and carrot to make it more affordable to shop organic, this autumn.
Yondu brings out the best in the vegetables, while beans and spinach layer this dish full of texture. Freezable, this hearty meal, can be cooked in bulk and kept aside for days you haven’t had a chance to do the food shop.
Originally served to those working on the autumn harvest, the hearty meal offers sustenance and strength as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. This humble dish is a celebration of living better for less!
A Ribollita stew
Total time: 30 min
Yondu effect: Replaces broth and boosts the flavor of each vegetable
Recipe benefits: Healthy and quick complete dinner
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ onion, diced (100g)
1 carrot, sliced (80g)
1 celery stalk, sliced (50g)
¼ red pepper, diced (25g)
¼ green pepper, diced (25g)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. Yondu
1 can of cannellini beans, drained
A sprig of thyme
50g fresh spinach
1 slice of sourdough bread
Notes and tips:
You can use gluten free flour or corn starch instead of wheat flour if you want to keep it Gluten Free.
From pastas and salads, to mid-afternoon snacks, Yondu’s fun and simple recipes can found on their website (www.yondu.co.uk/recipes/) or on their Instagram @yondu.uk All choices are healthy, natural and aim to bring pleasure to cooking for friends and family.
Posted in: Food & Drink
Date: September 13th, 2021
As we emerge from the last 18 months and all that has resulted from the Pandemic, the Rowans Hospice Charity faces a difficult period to recover from the significant financial constraints and seeks to find ways to generate income for the Charity.
“The South Coast’s biggest and best running event takes place in Portsmouth on 17 October 2021, over a fast and flat 10-mile route.” Deborah Pick, Associate Fundraising and Marketing Manager said, “the Great South Run has always been extremely popular, in 2019 we had over 100 runners taking part in support of Rowans Hospice Charity, raising an amazing £38,000. It is a critical fundraising event and the Charity really does need your support now more than ever.”
The registration fee for one of the limited Charity places is £50 which will include a Rowans Hospice running vest, running number, timing chip, personalised tab and an all important medal, the Charity suggests a sponsorship pledge of £400 in support of local Hospice care.
Rowans Hospice Charity is renowned for high quality palliative and specialist end of life care. The Charity’s reliance on voluntary donations remains critical and it is calling upon the local community for help to raise vital and much-needed funds. All funds raised through the Great South Run will be supporting the future of Hospice care, not only for patients with life-limiting illnesses, but for their families and carers too. From the moment of diagnosis through to bereavement support, all care is given without charge.
Concluding, Deborah said, “If you have ever had any contact with Rowans Hospice, you will appreciate just how important the Charity is to the local community. But even if you haven’t been in contact before, please consider registering for your Charity place today to support local Hospice care. We cannot thank all our supporters enough and look forward to seeing them all very soon.”
Website link: https://events.rowanshospice.co.uk/events/greatsouth21/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RowansHospice/
Date: August 11th, 2021
Shopping locally and buying British are things most people know in the back of their mind as “good to do”, but it’s likely that many don’t fully understand why. Without getting preachy, I want to explain a little more about the issues and how we can all do our bit to help, knowing that every pound spent on food is a vote for the system which produced it.
Shopping locally for food produced in the UK can do so much positive stuff for everyone involved in the supply chain. First and foremost, buying British food keeps the cash in the UK, supporting the economy and helping to reinvest in British producers. Of course we have nothing against producers outside of the UK, but you can guarantee shoppers abroad are also prioritising their local producers too, and rightly so!
Interestingly for many, British farmers have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. UK poultry, pork and beef farmers do not use any hormone growth promoters, they have low levels of antibiotic use, and generally the allowances for space and enrichment of the environment are higher than most other countries.
In my previous life as a member of the Jamie Oliver food team, I used to travel the world researching and investigating food production in countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Australia and the USA. Whilst I visited producers who were leading the way of positive change in these countries, I also saw first hand examples of abysmal animal welfare and toxic farming practices which would put you off meat for life. Fortunately for us, the UK baseline for animal welfare in food production is very good, and standards such as free range and organic are even better.
Some small shops, including my own, sell locally-produced cured meats from British pork and beef, which are a brilliant alternative to those produced in Italy and Spain, and essentially taste incredible.
Of course there are many products we all love which are simply not produced in the UK due to our cool and unpredictable climate. These include olives, citrus fruits, bananas etc, which we are forced to import all year round. Fortunately for us on the south coast, we have some of the best weather in the UK, and those in the know will regularly enjoy incredible tomatoes, aubergines, garlic, and even padron peppers grown on our doorstep on the Isle of Wight. These products arrive on our shelves super fresh, and best of all, taste incredible.
Before opening The Southsea Deli, I never fully appreciated the variety of British cheese available to us. Whilst I won’t stop buying Greek feta, Italian Parmesan, or a good French Brie, I can’t believe the incredible variety of cheeses produced in Somerset, Dorset, Isle of Wight and even here in Hampshire. One of my personal favourites is the Isle of Wight Cheese Co’s soft blue cheese. It’s like a cross between Camembert and Gorgonzola, with a slight ooze, a full flavour, and creamy texture. It’s no surprise it’s the deli’s best selling cheese!
Words: Daniel Nowland
Posted in: Food & Drink
Date: August 11th, 2021
Victorious Festival (27th-29th August) is the perfect place to spend your bank holiday weekend with a line-up brimming with heavyweight headliners — Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood & Nile Rodgers & Chic plus family favourites & up and coming artists including Annie Mac, Craig David, Ella Eyre, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Jade Bird, and loads more!
Set in a stunning seafront setting with a metropolitan backdrop, Victorious is the ultimate festival experience. Alongside the scenery, you’ll find over 10 stages packed with entertainment, bustling markets, a champagne bar in a historic castle, an enormous free Kids Arena (Saturday & Sunday only) and an amazing atmosphere.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
Posted in: Events
Date: August 11th, 2021
When Susan van Nieuwkerk and her family moved into their central Southsea home, they reckoned they would be there for five years at the most.
Twenty-three years later, she still loves the four walls that have witnessed her young family grow up and fly the nest.
And it is the walls that have provided the inspiration for Susan to express her natural ability with colour, texture, and creating a distinct look.
“We never dreamed we would be here this long but the house has evolved with us.
“We were looking for a house with a decent size garden — for the same price we could have bought a bigger house but it was the outside space that was important to us,” she said.
The kitchen has been the one room that has received the most attention, with an extension to the back and side to substantially enlarge the space.
“We’ve got a south-east facing garden and the kitchen opens onto it — in the summer my children were out there all the time.
“Having lived here this long, the house has had several incarnations. My friends joke that if you stand still long enough you will be painted.
“I find it really satisfying to decorate and several pieces of furniture have been painted over again as taste and colour schemes changed.
“I’m passionately against our throw-away society and hate to think of things going to landfill. I enjoy repurposing things and love things that have patina and character.
“As far as I’m concerned, the more battered and rusty something is the better,” she said.
When asked to list some of her favourite things, Susan doesn’t hesitate.
“The metal cabinet in the lounge which was an old tool cabinet, my metal cabinet in the kitchen which is from an Indian hospital and my chair and artwork in our bedroom.
“The artwork was a cheap garish canvas from TK Maxx which I painted over and I fell in love with a chair in Cox and Cox a few years back until I saw the price.
“So I did my own version, reupholstering with rugs and cushion covers,” she said. The 70 ft garden has a tropical feel with banana plants, bamboo and tree ferns aplenty.
“I’ve always been into gardening, and when my husband hit 40, he suddenly had an epiphany.
“A lot of people like their garden to have crisp, neat edges but we have a more organic approach.
“Often we’ve said there’s no room for any more plants but somehow we always manage to squeeze in another one.
“When our children were little, it was their space filled with sand pits and slides. But it has had another reincarnation to become our tropical space — and I really wouldn’t be without it.”
Words: Kate Thompson. Photos: Anya van Nieuwkerk
Posted in: Home & Garden
Date: August 1st, 2021
Full of vibrancy, love and laughter, she brought style and an eye for detail to everything she did.
Business owners in Albert Road marked her passing by displaying red ribbons in their windows – a show of respect for such a vivacious and captivating woman.
A former model, Sue also worked as a PA but she was best known for Parmiter Antiques, the business she and her former husband Ian ran.
Her son Tennyson spoke to Southsea Lifestyle about his mum, recalling her warmth and fun approach to life.
Never afraid to get her hands dirty, she would roll up her sleeves to carry treasured household items onto a waiting truck, dismissing calls from fellow traders to let someone else take the load.
“She always put others first and stuck her neck out for everyone. She and dad were always so welcoming to other kids. She baked wonderful cakes and made lovely teas – they were almost surrogate parents,” he said.
Remembering her success as a gig rower in national and international competitions, Tennyson said: “I was so proud of her. She made the time to get into rowing and found her forte.
“She dedicated herself to her hobby and made it such a success.”
In recent years, Sue worked at the Queens Hotel in Southsea bringing her flair and eye for detail to the rooms.
She will always be remembered for making Christmas such a visual spectacle at the hotel.
When her marriage to Ian broke down, Sue moved with her new partner Craig to Somerset. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and she was driving Craig to hospital for treatment, when they were involved in a fatal car crash that claimed both their lives.
“She was living in a beautiful 600-year-old cottage in Porlock and she created herself the most beautiful veg patch – something she had always wanted to do.
“It’s just so sad that there is such a tragic end to her story,” concluded Tennyson.
Written by Kate Thompson
Posted in: Local & Community