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WARTIME PROJECT : `20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS  OCTOBER 2015 ONWARDS.

EXTRACTS OF NEWS OF A LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECT :  WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND `S DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH NOVEMBER 2015

 THE 993 MEN LISTED ON THE WAR MEMORIALS IN ST WILFRED`S CHURCH FRATTON ,CAME FROM JUST 21 TERRACED STREETS SQUEEZED BETWEEN ST MARY`S ROAD AND NEW ROAD . ALL BUT ONE OF THOSE STREET`S STILL EXIST .

OF THOSE WHO SIGNED UP FROM THIS TINY PATCH OF PORTSMOUTH ,135 GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WAR .

NOW A NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT WILL RESEARCH AND PRESERVE THEIR MEMORIES .ENTITLED ` 20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS ` THE PROJECT HAS NOW RECIEVED £9,9000 FROM THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND (HLF)

VOLUNTEERS WILL RESEARCH THE MEN LISTED ON THE MEMORIALS THROUGH A VARIETY OF RECORDS , THEY WILL COLLECT PHOTO`S NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ,DOCUMENTS ,LETTERS AND PHOTOS OF KEEPSAKES ,AS WELL AS RECORD HISTORY .

THE PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PARISH OF ST MARY`S PORTSEA , AND FRATTON BIG LOCAL .IT WILL BE SUPPORTED BY THE PORT TOWNS AND URBAN CULTURES PROJECT BASED IN PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY .IT WILL INVOLVE HISTORY STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PARTICIPATING AS PART OF THEIR STUDIES .

AMONG THE SURVIVING DOCUMENTS ARE LETTERS WRITTEN BY CURATES FROM THE PORTSEA PARISH SERVING AS PADRES ON THE FRONTLINE.

THE RESEARCH WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL VIA A WEBSITE AND CDs THAT WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION BASED ON THE RESEARCH.

THERE IS A FACEBOOK PAGE ON : http://www.facebook .com/20streetsinportsmouth

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A  REPORT FROM THE NEWSPAPER  MATURE  TIMES   The voice of our generation . 2011 – 2012.

Sports archivists have uncovered never before – seen pictures of Britains first ever female football team – set up by Suffragette for the Rights of Women movement in 1881. The astonishing black and white photographs show the moment pioneering campaigners swapped their corsets for football shirts and formed ‘Mrs Grahams XI’.  Historians believe that the side helped women win the local Government vote and even sparked riots, after stepping onto the football pitch in revealing bloomers and blouses. Images of the team,  from Stirling, Scotland, were uncovered by artist Stuart Gibbs, 47 while compiling an exhibition about the history of the women’s game.

He said “They were on the cutting edge. The day after a controversial match in Glasgow the right for women to vote got the royal assent” .”The players were all part of the rights for women and the ‘rational dress movement’, so maybe the game was seen as a sign of the times and had some influence. ”

The stunning shots were uncovered by artist Mr Gibbs while researching `Moving  the Goalposts : A History of Womens Football in Britain’ currently touring the UK.  He compiled an album of pictures after scouring local libaries in Stirling. Mr Gibbs found suffragette Scot Helen Matthews, who played under the name Mrs Graham, had set up the first official womens club in the city.

The team known as Mrs Grahams XI – also the first national side-played their first official match at Easter Road ,on May 7, 1881. From that point on the team were never far away from controversy. The second game, against England at Shawfield Athletic Ground in Glasgow, on May 16 1881 sparked riots when they beat the visiting team 3-0.

Following the riots, the Womens Franchise (Scotland) Bill was given the royal assent, allowing women to vote in local government elections. This was a right women in England had enjoyed for two decades.  But the events of that day caused such a stir that a Government ban was imposed on women playing football in Scotland.

The team – which even included the world’s first black female footballer, Carrie Boustead – were considered “improper” by their male counterparts. But they battled on to eventually obtain recognition. Mr Gibbs said, “There were critics right from day one. Even women’s magazines were against it, even though you wouldn’ t think they would be. It just wasn’t acceptable for women to dress in trousers and football was considered a man’s game.

“The women had lots of fans, but they also had lots of objectors and there were a few problems caused by hooligans who tried to disrupt the game. Female teams played right through the First World War – but on December 5, 1921 the English Football Association voted to ban womens football from grounds used by its member clubs. The ban was not lifted until July 1971.

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JESSICA  SHEPERD : EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT OF THE GUARDIAN REPORTED ON THE 27TH DECEMBER 2011.

The Guardian spoke to scores of associations  representing educational workers and requested figures from councils through the Freedom of Information Act. The information shows that schools are ending or cutting funds for an initiative lauded by reseachers that offered one to one tuition for pupils falling behind in reading , writing, and maths .”

“Researchers proved that the initiative accelerates pupils progress and gives them confidence. Hertfordshire county council said fewer schools in its area were now giving one to one tuition. They were concentrating on smaller group work instead.”

“The Department of Education says schools still recieve their grant for one to one tuition , but it is no longer ringfenced and can be spent on other areas. “

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers , warned that the cuts  uncovered by The  Guardian would lead to “Englands long tail of under- achievement getting longer” She feared the most vunerable would suffer the most and fall further behind .Gove had been disingenuous in assuming the front line would be protected, she said” “Meanwhile essential help for children falling behind in maths and English is being scaled back.”

“One to One Tuition in maths and English is being dramatically reduced. In April funds for such tuition stopped being ringfenced and many schools have diverted funds elsewhere .”Many local authorities have a service that co-ordinates one to one tuition in schools . But, in such areas as Hertfordshire the services have had to be cut. the local council says it has noticed that fewer schools are giving such tuition and has reduced its team from six to two.”

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR AREA .

PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER .   P.A.C.T.

Established by Portsmouth Trades Council in 2010 PACT is a community based anti- cuts group , which networks to bring together, workers , students ,pensioners, and all of the community who oppose the Con- Dem government`s austerity agenda . PACT opposes ALL cuts and supports workers industrial action to defend their jobs and community campaigners who are defending vital public services.

For more information:      www.portsmouthact.wordpress.com         Portsmouthagainstcuts@gmail.com

 

GREEN LEFT : PORTSMOUTH  PEOPLES   YOUNIVERSITY.

Networking  with  OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH  in  Victoria Park Portsmouth.

Two days of speakers and discussion took place  at the weekend that the community were involved in.

See their website : greenleftblog.com/

 

OR  CONTACT :

 

OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH : wearethe99percent@hotmail.com

OTHER WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

BBC ETHICS .          THE INDEPENDENT .    FOCUS:      OCCUPY ST PAULS CATHEDERAL.

 

FOR A CLEAR EXPLANATION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION:

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:     ILL  FARES  THE  LAND     BY  TONY  JUDT.   Published  by Penguin Books 2010 @ £9:99.

Described by John Gray as ” a  latter- day Orwell “

“Tony Judt is our preeminent historian of postwar Europe, a scholar of remarkable breadth and crudition and one of the West`s foremost and outspoken public intellectuals…a deeply learned, deeply humane heart`s cry .”    Timothy Rutten ,   Los Angeles Times.

 

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PORTSMOUTH  MUSEUMS  AND  RECORD  OFFICE.

MUSEUM  ROAD , PORSMOUTH,  HAMPSHIRE   PO1  2LJ.

ORAL   HISTORY  COLLECTION  :  CONTACT : JOHN  STEDMAN.  TEL /02392  827261.

HAMPSHIRE  RECORD  OFFICE .

SUSSEX  STREET ,  WINCHESTER  ,  HAMPSHIRE  SO23  8TH .

WESSEX  FILM  AND  SOUND   ARCHIVE  :  CONTACT : DAVID  LEE . TEL /01962  846154.

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WHAT IS DOWSING?

Dowsing is a way of finding out about things we cannot see. It is a wonderful tool and one that we can all use.You may well have heard of dowsing or `divining’ being used to find water. Dowsing is also used in the surveying of buildings and archaeological searches; in looking for oil, mineral deposits and lost objects and for the investigation of earth energies and geopathic stress.

The British Association of Dowsers  special interest groups include: Archeological, Health, Earth Energies, and a Water and Site Dowsing group. There are some 25 local groups around the country. If you are interested, try their  website www.britishdowsers.org which provides  information and details on how to join.

VILLAGE WATER.

Village Water is the campaigning arm of the British Society of Dowsers, a UK registered charity no. 295911. One of the projects is in Munyinda in the Western Province of Zambia, Central Africa. They have the benefits of a new well installed by Village Water.

In Zambia, Central Africa, farmers have used their ingenuity and skills for many years to make the best of a tough climate and, in the Western Province, a poor sandy soil. They have learned methods of soil conditioning, such as applying roots of cassava plants, so that their only shortage now is irrigation water in the dry season, which lasts 8 months of the year. That is why wells being sunk helps them greatly, to grow food, through irrigation, and to make a living, thus providing for their families in what can be a harsh enviroment.

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This Is My Home Now.          Refugees in Southampton from 1939 to the present day. To learn more about this please go to my Oral History page.

Speaking Up For Disability.     Attitudes and Experiences: Changes since the 1940s for  disabled people in West Sussex. To learn more about this please go to my Oral History page.

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