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Somerstown Stories project has been signed off by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This marks the end of the grant funding from HLF…but not the end of the project. On-going interest from the local community has sparked three follow-on workshops at Priory School, Portsmouth Foyer and Somerstown Adventure Playground. Each event has been tailored to meet the needs of the […]

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They say that as one door closes, another opens, and that certainly seems to be true for Somerstown Stories. Today the evaluation materials are being sent off to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and that phase of this 2 1/2 year project comes to an end. It has been a fantastic project, and I’m delighted with […]

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February saw some great events taking place in the area, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth. The first took place in half-term at Somerstown Adventure Playground, where we hosted a ‘Somerstown Stories Family Fun Day’! Activities included dressing-up (which the children thoroughly enjoyed!), wartime cooking, exploring maps & photographs and watching old film footage […]

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There’s some great stuff coming up this month, linked to the Somerstown Stories project! The first is a special event hosted at the Somerstown Adventure Playground on Mon 18th Feb. Aimed at children and families, this one-day funday will give local families their chance to explore the history of the area through archive maps, photos and […]

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We’ve already had some great feedback about the book from people who have just picked up their limited edition copy! Barry said: “I collected my copy today feeling very excited. What a great read and I can now fully appreciate the work and effort by numerous people to produce such a brilliant book. Thank you […]

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Somerstown Stories has a will of its own. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been completed, and so technically the project should be finished…except it isn’t. I was delighted to be invited to speak about Somerstown Stories at the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Local History group this afternoon. Around 40 were packed in to the Albert Stanley room in Southsea Community […]

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Copies of the ‘Somerstown Stories’ book are now available to collect from Somers Park School, Somers Road! You can go along anytime in the next two weeks, between 9:30am and 3pm. There is a list of people who have reserved a copy, and you’ll need to sign for it when you collect it. If you […]

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Somerstown Stories has partnered up with the University of Portsmouth to be able to offer local residents a chance to have a special tour of the new wing of the Eldon Building. Adrian Brice, is the project manager  from Morgan Sindall, who will be leading the tour, which will take place on February 28th from […]

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I am delighted to be able to share the latest publication from the University of Portsmouth’s Project Office – a booklet detailing the fabulous Design Charette that took place with students from the School of Architecture and from Charter Academy, at St Peter’s Church in July. We had an excellent day together and the students […]

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Somerstown as an area is made up of the most varied people and places in Portsmouth! As the Evening News put it in 1964: “There is a village like intermingling of the classes. In Somers Town men with university degrees may be seen engrossed in conversation with labourers.” I met with someone from the University […]

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