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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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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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This week sees the installation of a new exhibition at the University of Portsmouth library. This has been put together in an effort to reach the student population, many of whom live in Somerstown but may not know very much about the area where they live. If you were unable to visit any of the […]

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‎30 pages and rising! The book about the story of Somerstown (including a bit about the project itself) is jam packed full of archive photos and fascinating facts. For example: did you know St Luke’s church was temporarily used as a stable until funding had been raised to finish it? The church was opened by […]

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For those of you who use Facebook, you might be pleased to know that Somerstown Stories has a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Somerstown-Stories/358675977488733 Here we can update a bit more regularly with tidbits and smaller bites of information. You can also add your comments and post photos if you want to. We’re delighted with how Somerstown Stories continues to […]

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Well work on the book continues apace, and meanwhile I’m trying to fit in just one or two final interviews before it gets finished and goes to press. One of these interviews was with a lady named Jean, who is the first person I’ve met who confirmed that there were two wattle and daub cottages […]

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Just to whet your appetite, here’s a preview of the book cover:     Please note this is a draft version only and the final copy may differ from this. The book will be hardback with a dustcover and the images inside will be in full colour, if they were taken in colour. If you’re interested […]

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It might seem as though everything has gone quiet, but in fact we’re busy, busy, busy! Behind the scenes our project leader, Sharon, is working hard on compiling and editing the book of the project. It covers Somerstown from the early 1800s up to the mid 1970s, and there are plenty of photos and stories […]

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