What's On - The Directory Group

March

Monthly meetings: If you/someone you know are living with Multiple Sclerosis, why not come along to monthly mobility and flexibility sessions at Jubilee Hall, Crouch Lane, Horndean PO8 9SU (1.30pm-3.30pm). The cost is £3.50 per session. If you would like further details, contact Tina Coulter on 07512794817 or email tinacoulter_920@msn.com

The Rowlands Castle Painting Society welcomes new members £30 a year, which covers all the afternoon classes and evening demonstrations. Workshops and Life groups are on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. Demonstrations are on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm-9.30pm. On Tuesday 25th April (7pm), the society’s silver cup awards take place. To find out more, call John Davies on 01243 371662 or visit www.rowlandscastlepaintingsociety.org.uk

On the first Tuesday of every month, local ladies a cappella chorus Spirit of the South now have a Drop-In evening. Enjoy singing? Come and meet the chorus and see how they do it. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening at Havant Methodist Church from 7.30pm-10pm. Call Joy (Events) on 02392 641997 or Sandra (PR) on 02392 451220.

The Gabriel Project, IT drop-in centre at the church hall, St Peter St Paul’s Wymering (Cosham). Help with IT, basic computer skills and use of internet and printing facilities. Mondays and Fridays 10am-2pm. Tel 02392 376307.

The Friends of Park Wood are a friendly group who welcome newcomers to their regular Work Days in Park Wood, Waterlooville, starting at 10am on the last Sunday of every month. All tools and equipment are provided, as well as light refreshments. We manage the wood on behalf of the Woodland Trust and invite everyone to come along and see what we do and join us for a cup of tea or coffee.

Rowlands Castle Bridge Club is a friendly bridge club for players of all abilities, who play at St John’s Church Hall on Wednesday evenings. For further information, contact Graham Lavender on 07941358491 or email g.lavender33@outlook.com

Thursday 23rd March, 7.30pm: St George’s Church Hall, Waterlooville, pop up cinema. Due to popular demand, Waterlooville events team’s  new pop up cinema is showing its first film at St Georges Church Hall, Waterlooville, PO7 7EH. Tickets (£6 each) available in advance and with a limited number on the door. Locations where tickets can be bought and the film being shown will be advertised on our posters in Waterlooville or check out the Waterlooville Events team’s Facebook page. Refreshments available.

Saturday 25th March, 6pm: Mother’s Day sleepover at Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre, Selborne. Bring your mum, experience an evening of exciting activities… crafts, bat detecting, catapult building, campfire cookery. Suitable for ages five yrs plus. Booking required. Call 01420 511517. 

Saturday 25th March, 7.30pm: Film Night - “A Street Cat Named Bob”, Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead PO7 6LU. Tickets £5. For more details call 02392 256132 or visit www.denmeadca.com

Saturday 25th March, 7.30pm-10pm: Portsmouth Baroque Choir concert at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton, PO6 2AP. A Concert to include Haydn’s Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross and Hummel’s Mass in B flat with organ and string quartet.

Saturday 25th March, 6pm: Prize bingo with fish and chip supper, St Peter St Paul’s Church Hall, Wymering. Tickets £6.50. Contact Eliza at the church offices for more information: 02392 376307.

April

Saturday 1st April, 10am-12noon: Purbrook and Widley Rowans Support Group spring market at Deverell Hall, London Road, Purbrook PO7 5JR. Numerous stalls including tombola, books, nearly new, plants, raffle, tea coffee etc.

Saturday 1st April, 10am-1pm: Rowlands Castle Craft Fayre, Parish Hall, Links Lane, PO9 6AD.
Free admission. Refreshments available. Approx 24 stalls selling high quality hand-made items made by local people. On-road parking and car park close by. Enquiries to: rowlandscastlecraftfayre@gmail.com

Tuesday 4th April, 6.30pm-8.30pm: Flower arranging workshop at Horndean Technology College. £15 per person, includes all materials. Call 02392 460630 to book your space.

Tuesday 4th April, 7pm: Solent Male Voice Choir & Bosmere Junior School Choir with guest soloist Canon Tom Kennar, at St Faith’s Hall, The Pallant Centre, The Pallant, Havant PO9 1BE. Tickets £5 (£1 for under 18’s). Tickets on sale at The Spring Arts Centre or call 023 9247 2700.

Saturday 8th April, 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm): Portsmouth Chorus Easter Concert, St Colmans Church, Cosham, Portsmouth. Tickets £10 (under 16 free). Tickets available online at https://event.bookitbee.com/10868/portsmouth-chorus-easter-concert-2017 or on the door (if not sold out)

Saturday 8th April, 10am-3pm: Alton Craft Market in Alton town centre - a well-established event with a broad choice of high quality locally crafted products on offer and drawing visitors from all around the district.

Saturday 8th April, 2.30pm: Ropley Horticultural Society Spring Show at Ropley Parish Hall. Entry and parking free, all welcome. For more details, call Jill 01962 772425 or email Ropley.hort.soc@btinternet.com

Tuesday 11th April, 7.30pm: Clanfield Gardening Club - a talk by Sally Burr on ‘Seasonal Containers for Summer’ plus the Spring Show, Petersgate School, Green Lane. Members pay £3 a meeting including tea/coffee and biscuits, guests are always welcome.  

Tuesday 11th April, from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm: Easter make-and-take at the Allen Gallery, 10-12 Church Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2BW. An Easter holiday event for children. Drop in and make your very own Easter-themed creation. £2 per craft activity pack. Find out more at www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 11th April, 12noon-6pm: New Directions is an event that brings together employment, training and volunteering opportunities for the over 50’s, at Alton College, GU34 2HU. Come along to the free one-day event and meet employers, training companies and voluntary organisations. There will be a series of talks held during the event, including an opening address by ITN Newsreader, Alastair Stewart OBE. More details available at www.newdirectionsalton.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 13th April, 2pm: Portsdown Decorative & Fine Arts Society illustrated talk - Karin Fernald will talk on “Virginia Woolf on Life and Art” at St Nicholas Church Centre in Bedhampton.  Visitors very welcome.  Entrance £5 including refreshments. For more details, go to portsdowndfas.org.uk

Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd April: Day out with Thomas - meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends on the Watercress Line. Come and experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas-themed activities in the Imagination Station. To find out more, call 01962 733810 or visit www.watercressline.co.uk

Saturday 15th April, from 11am: Guided walk around historic Alton, starting at the Curtis Museum. Adults £3 and Children (5-16) 50p. For more details, go to www.alton.gov.uk

Saturday 15th April, 9.30am-11.45am: RNLI spring coffee morning at Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club. For further details, call 01243 430130.

Saturday 15th April, 9.30am-3pm: Giant Easter Charity Market at Petersfield Festival Hall, in aid of Portsmouth Hospitals Rocky Appeal for digital keyhole operating theatres of the future. Other charities will also be running fundraising stalls for local good causes and bookings for stalls whether charity, craft or trade are all welcome on 01730 264802.

Saturday 15th April, from 11.30am: Free music performances at The Bandstand, Waterlooville Town Centre (opposite Costa).  Come along and Rock and Roll to Tess from 11.30am to noon and Marmalade Moonshine from 12.15pm to 2pm. Organised by the Waterlooville Events team. 

Easter Sunday 16th April, 5am: Dawn Service at St Andrew’s church, Havant Road, Farlington, PO6 1AA.

Easter Sunday 16th April, 9.30am: Easter Family Service at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton, PO6 2AP and 11.15am at St Andrew’s church, Havant Road, Farlington, PO6 1AA

Sunday 16th April, 11am-5pm: Easter children’s orienteering trail at Chawton House Library, GU34 1SJ. Standard admission prices + £1 for orienteering map. Find out more at: www.chawtonhouselibrary.org

Sunday 16th April, 11am-5pm: Eel House open - come and see the traps and the Eel House interior and find out about the secret life of the eel in one of only two known eel houses in the country. The Eel House can be found on the River Alre footpath, 500m from the bottom of The Dean.

Wednesday 19th April, 2pm-4pm: Portsdown U3A General Meeting at Cosham Baptist Church. Free for members, £2 for visitors.

Friday 21st April, 7.30pm sharp: Hampshire County Council Election Hustings at Hayling Island Community Centre, West Town PO11 0HB. Listen to your candidates and ask your questions. If possible, please hand in questions at the door. Free entry. For further information, email hello@haylingresidentsassociation.co.uk

Saturday 22nd April, 2-5pm: Try archery at Forest of Bere Bowmen’s  field by Cadlington House, off Blendworth Lane, PO8 0AA. If torrential rain, the event will take place on Saturday 29th April instead. For details, call 02392 595738 or email fobbcommittee@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd April and Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May: Emsworth Arts Trail. Offering the chance to see and meet designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios. Churches, community halls, pubs and shops also act as exhibition space to bring creativity to every corner of the town. Find out more at www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk

Thursday 27th April, 7.30pm: Waterlooville Events team’s monthly pop up Cinema at St George’s Church, Waterlooville, 7.30pm. Tickets £6. For movie of the month and tickets, check out the Facebook Waterlooville events team or community boards.

Thursday 27th April, from 7pm: ‘Around the world in 80 plants from Alton’, at the Allen Gallery, Alton GU34 2BW. Author and expert on edible plants and foraging, Stephen Barstow, gives a tour of edible plants world-wide, beginning and ending in Alton. £5 per person to include talk, optional pre-talk garden tour and post-talk light refreshments. Tickets available from the Allen Gallery or on 01420 82802.

Friday 28th April, 7pm: Are you interested in honeybees?  The Honey Man will be giving a talk on the life of the honeybee at Hart Plain Church, Cowplain, Waterlooville. Local honey will be on sale on the night, with free tea and coffee. Entrance £4. For tickets, contact Roy Godfrey (beekeeper) on 02392 349116 or 07982407274, or email roysbees@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 29th April, 7.30pm: Denmead Community Association film night – “Sully”, School Lane. Tickets £5. For more details call 02392 256132 or visit www.denmeadca.com

Saturday 29th April, 10-12noon: Coffee Morning at the United Reformed Church Hall, Hollow Lane, Hayling Island in aid of The Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter.

Saturday 29th April – Sunday 7th May: Alton Walking Festival. This annual festival provides walkers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover more about the local countryside as well as offering educational and informative walks in and around Alton. All Walks must be booked in advance. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Find out more at www.alton.gov.uk or visit the Alton Walking Festival Facebook page.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks