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WITH THANKS TO THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER 8TH 0F SEPT 2016 

EXTRACTS OF A REPORT BY : ANUSHKA ASTHANA

SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR WARNS OF `US AND THEM` `DIVIDE .

MORE SELECTION WOULD EXACERBATE PROBLEMS , HE SAYS .

CALL TO FOCUS ON TEACHERS AND PARENTS INSTEAD .

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS EXPANSION RISKS DISASTER ,MAY IS WARNED .

THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR HAS WARNED THAT EXPANDING THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD BE A DISASTER ,A DAY AFTER IT EMERGED THAT THERESA MAY WAS CONCIDERING THE IDEA .

ALAN MILBURN ,THE FORMER LABOUR CABINET MINISTER WHO CHAIRS THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY COMMISSION ,SAID ENDING THE BAN ON BUILDING NEW SELECTIVE SCHOOLS RISKED CREATING AN “US AND THEM DIVIDE ” WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM .

HE SAID THAT PUPILS AT ENGLAND`S REMAINING 163 SELECTIVE STATE SCHOOLS WERE FOUR OR FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM INDEPENDENT PREP SCHOOLS THAN FROM THE DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS .

“THIS IS NOT SELECTION EDUCATIONALLY ,IT IS SELECTION SOCIALLY .IF (MORE OF ) THAT IS WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ,IT WILL NOT PROVIDE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DIVIDEND ,IT WILL BE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DISASTER “. SAID MILBURN .

ON TUESDAY AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT INDICATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO END THE MORATORIUM WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE HANDS OF A CIVIL SERVANT OUTSIDE DOWNING STREET .

MILBURNS COMMENTS CAME DURING A WIDE  – RANGING INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN IN WHICH HE CALLED ON MAY TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHIEST AND THE POOREST ,AND WARNED OF AN OVERWHELMING AND “FESTERING SENSE OF SOCIAL RESENTMENT “ACROSS BRITAIN .

“THE HISTORY OF OUR CONTINENT TELLS US WHEN A MAJORITY FEEL THEIR AMBITIONS BEING THWARTED AND THAT A MINORITY ARE FORGING AHEAD ,THINGS CAN TURN NASTY “,HE SAID ARGUING THAT THE SCALE OF THE BREXIT VOTE UNDERLINED THE CHALLENGE .MILBURN POINTED OUT THAT OF THE 65 AREAS OF THE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS COMMISSION AS THE WORST FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS ,ONLY THREE VOTED TO REMAIN .

STOP PRESS ………..STOP PRESS …………..STOP PRESS………….SEPTEMBER 9TH 2016

FRONT COVER OF THE  i  NEWSPAPER   :TEACHERS VOW TO BATTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS …….MAY GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR MORE SELECTIVE EDUCATION ,OVERTURNING 19-YEAR-OLD BAN …………..OPPOSITION PARTIES AND TEACHING UNIONS DETERMINED TO FIGHT REGRESSIVE MOVE .

 

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NEWS APPEARS IN THE CURRENT ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL VOL 44 NO:1 APRIL 2016 OF THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT .

THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT IN SALISBURY WON TWO AWARDS FROM THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND HERITAGE GROUP (CAHG ) IN 2015 ,ONE FOR INNOVATION AND THE OVERALL AWARD OF` COMMUNITY ARCHIVE  AND HERITAGE GROUP OF THE YEAR .

THE COMMUNITY HERITAGE AND ARTS PROJECT IS RUN BY THE ST EDMUNDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ,AND HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE HISTORY  THE AREA AROUND MILFORD STREET BRIDGE -A LARGE FLYOVER WHICH CARRIES THE CITY`S RING ROAD -FOR SOME TIME .

THE FLYOVER WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY 1970 S AND FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS ITS BARE CONCRETE WALLS WERE A GIANT EYESORE .IN 2010 WE GOT PERMISSION TO PAINT A MURAL ON ONE OF THE WALLS ,SHOWING LIFE AS IT HAD BEEN IN THE AREA “BEFORE THE BRIDGE “

WE INTERVIEWED MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LIVED AND WORKED THERE AND COLLECTED A GREAT ARCHIVE OF MEMORIES AND PICTURES .THESE CAN NOW BE ACCESSED ON THE ORGANISATIONS WEBSITE .

RITA JACOB ,WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT FROM ITS BEGINNING AS A CONTRIBUTOR AND VOLUNTEER ,RECALLS THAT : “ON THE DAY THE PROJECT LAUNCHED AT ST MARTINS I STOOD WITH SOME OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS OPPOSITE THE SITE OF MY HOUSE AND THE PAST HIT ME LIKE A BRICK

PARTICULARLY THE NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH I LIVED FOR TWENTY – ONE YEARS .FOR THIS REASON THE PROJECT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIVE AND CARTHARTIC EXPERIENCE ,AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD I KNEW SO WELL .

MOREOVER ,BEING INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OF THE PROJECT ,I LEARNT NEW SKILLS ,AND MET LOVELY PEOPLE ,MY HOUSE ,ALSO LIVING ON IN THE MURAL!LONG MAY IT CONTINUE !”

FURTHER DETAILS: WEBSITE : www.milfordstreetbridgeproject.org.uk

 

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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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STRIKE : THURSDAY 10TH OF JULY 2014 . NUT ,UNISON , UNITE, GMB , PCS , FBU  : PORTSMOUTH HAMPSHIRE .

 

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL SEE THE BIGGEST OPPOSITION TO THE POLICIES OF CUTS AND AUSTERITY SINCE THE 30TH OF NOVEMBER 2011 .THE STRIKE WILL UNITE TEACHERS, COUNCIL WORKERS ,CIVIC SERVICE WORKERS AND FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FIGHT FOR PAY, PENSIONS ,CUTS AND EXCESSIVE WORKLOADS .

THERE WILL BE A JOINT TRADE UNION RALLY AT 12 NOON IN THE GUILDHALL SQUARE AND A PROTEST MARCH THROUGH COMMERCIAL ROAD, RETURNING TO THE GUILDHALL SQUARE FOR CLOSING SPEECHES .

WE HAVE SEEN THE MOST PROLONGED CUTS IN LIVING STANDARDS SINCE THE 1870s . WE HAVE SEEN THE TOP 1000 BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES IN BRITAIN INCREASE THEIR WEALTH BY 13% LAST YEAR ALONE . THE WEALTH OF THESE 1000 IS EQUAL TO ONE THIRD OF UK GDP !

THE 10TH OF JULY WILL BE A DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST THE RICH GETTING RICHER AND THE POOR GETTING POORER . YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON STRIKE TO GET INVOLVED .COME AND JOIN US . MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD .

CONTACT : JON WOODS , PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER CONVENOR FOR MORE DETAILS . TEL : 07921 775828 .

 

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GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE    CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX ENGLAND 2014

THE GRAYLINGWELL HERITAGE PROJECT IS A COMMUNITY BASED HERITAGE AND ARTS PROGRAMME THAT IS EXPLORING THE HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE GRAYLINGWELL HOSPITAL FROM 1894 TO THE PRESENT .

THIS YEAR LONG PROJECT INCLUDES A VARIETY OF EVENTS ,COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOPS ,RESEARCH AND HERITAGE TALKS AND ORAL HISTORIES .

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES , STORIES , OBJECTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS .

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP SHAPE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT .

CONTACT : e : heritage @chichestercdt .org .uk    www.graylingwellheritage .co.uk   tel : 01243 697 072

SPONSORED BY : THE NATIONAL LOTTERY    HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND    CHICHESTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST   PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY  WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE   UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER               LAUNCH SPONSORED BY   : LINDEN HOMES .

 

GET INVOLVED IN AN EXCITING PROJECT THAT EMPOWERS PEOPLE , AND THAT WILL BRING ABOUT A  CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ,ON  HOW OUR  SOCIETY VIEWS MENTAL HEALTH .  PAT CARTER ORAL HISTORIAN .

 

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CHRIS GRAYLING IS LORD CHANCELLOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE (BUT NOT A LAWYER )

HE WANTS TO CLOSE DOWN AT LEAST 1,200 FIRMS OF HIGH STREET SOLICITORS

PREVENT LEGAL AID DEFENDANTS FROM CHOOSING THEIR LAWYER

AND PROVIDE A DISGRACED SECURITY FIRM AND A TRUCKING COMPANY

WITH INCENTIVES TO PERSUADE DEFENDANTS TO PLEAD GUILTY

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE  `LEGAL AID `TO YOU ?

IN THE NAME OF AUSTERITY , BID FAREWELL TO JUSTICE .

SIGN THE PETITION . SAVE UK JUSTICE .

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PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER : PACT : MARCH AGAINST ALL CUTS : SATURDAY 18TH OF MAY 2013 ASSEMBLE AT 11-30 AM

ASSEMBLE AT THE COMMERCIAL ROAD FOUNTAIN  ( OUTSIDE OF WATERSTONES ) PORTSMOUTH  . MARCH LEAVES AT 12 NOON .

MARCH AGAINST ALL CUTS ………. SURE START ,TAX OFFICES , DISABILITY BENEFITS , HEALTH AND SAFETY , NHS PRIVATISATION , PENSIONS , WAGES , BEDROOM TAX , SOCIAL CARE , HOUSING BENEFIT , JOBS , SCHOOLS , CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES  , LEGAL AID , TAX CUTS  FOR THE RICH ………

 AUSTERITY ISN`T WORKING ! !                                       

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