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Experience a night like no other at the Westy Christmas Ball

Famed for their Summer Westival where they lay real grass through the building, on Saturday 19th December the West End Centre team is transforming their venue for a night of festive magic!

Featuring sets from incredible international DJ Goldierocks, outstanding comedian Louisa Omelian, and music by the acclaimed electro-swing dance outfit Swing Zazou, the entertainment alone will be worth the cost of a ticket.

Also included on the night will be a delicious curry from festival favourites Asian Grub Foundation, all you can eat candy floss, free mocktails, balloon artists, up-close magic and a photo booth to capture moments that will be remembered forever.  

With a fully stocked bar and a dress code of whatever makes you feel amazing, even if that means boots with a ball gown, the event is designed to cater to all of the West End Centre customers.

“This is our way of saying a massive thank you to the people who have supported our little venue for 40 years and made us so loved. This is going to be one of the greatest things we’ve ever done, and we want to make sure everyone has a truly wonderful evening” Barney Jeavons, Centre Director.

The Westy Christmas Ball is on Saturday 19th December, from 7pm till 2am. Tickets are £40 each and can be booked online at www.westendcentre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01252 330040.

Roman Cupid ring goes on display in Andover Museum


A gold ring appearing to show Cupid the Roman god of love, which was found in a Hampshire field, has gone on display.

The 1,700 year old ring was discovered in a farmer's field near Tangley in 2013 by an amateur metal detector enthusiast.

It has gone on display to the public at Andover Museum.

David Allen of Hampshire Cultural Trust said it was a "very nice piece", probably owned by a high status individual.

The ring, part of which is broken, shows an onyx and blue stone with standing figure, thought to be the Roman god of love.



Mr Allen described the image of Cupid as "rather languid and impious looking".

The ring was recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme before being acquired by Hampshire Cultural Trust for display at Andover Museum.

While a Roman road is known to have gone through the area, Mr Allen said the artefact find was "a first" for Tangley.

For more details or to view the full article please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35062637

Experience a Victorian Christmas with Westbury Manor Museum's Illuminated Christmas Windows

Image: Westbury Manor lit up for Christmas

Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Westbury Manor Museum is bringing the Victorian era to life this Christmas (28 November – 4 January).

A stunning installation will bring a captivating, festive glow to the windows of the historic building, with illuminations depicting scenes from the manor in bygone years.

Artist Emily Harper has created the silhouetted imagery, which will allow museum visitors and passers-by the chance to peek into the past. The Hampshire based illustrator and concept artist specialises in character design and children’s book illustration.

On designing the Westbury Manor Museum display, she said: “I often turn to the past for inspiration. Designing the Christmas windows was a fantastic opportunity to look at Victorian ephemera such as Christmas cards and fashion plates.”

The window designs were created using a mixture of pen drawing, traditional paper cutting and watercolour washes.The magnificent Georgian building, which is in the heart of Fareham, holds regular exhibitions and free family activities throughout the festive season.  

For more information about the artist and her work visit: emilyharperillustration.com


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An illuminating experience in Winchester this Christmas time











Image: The interactive lightweight globe projects magical Christmas imagery

Hampshire Cultural Trust is bringing the magic back to Christmas next weekend (11-12 December). Two stunning light installations, by nationally-renowned Impossible, will emit spellbinding festive animations and stories, right outside the Great Hall, in Winchester.

The first installation, Lightweight, is a 360-degree projection globe. It invites onlookers to have their picture mapped into live animations, which swarm around the globe alongside movies, audio, graphic effects, pictures, text and even tweets.

Fully interactive, the four-metre-high sphere is lit with colour and images, creating a unique and shared experience. Previous audiences have described the sight as “magical and mesmerising…almost hypnotic.”

Codex, the second installation, takes the form of a giant illuminated book, filled with a thousand-and-one fables, all animated with captivating images.

The wintery nights will be lit up by the glowing open book. Innovative technology modernises classic stories, adding another dimension to well-known fairy-tales. Inspired by early illuminated manuscripts, the mystical book combines words and images as well as spectator tweets, to create an unforgettable Christmas sight.  

Janet Owen, chief executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We urge the people of Hampshire to come along and be amazed, engaging in an interactive completely unique experience. Impossible is a nationally-renowned, dynamic organisation and we are delighted to be working with them this Christmas time.”

Both pieces will be outside the Great Hall, in Winchester, on Friday 11 December - Saturday 12 December, between 5pm – 8pm.  Come along and be amazed.

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For more information on the event: http://bit.ly/1PRYMmb

Black to White Exhibition

BLACK to WHITE – Printmakers Exhibition 

Until Sunday 10 January City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting an exhibition of work by four local printmakers; Kate Dicker, Anne Hayward, Howard Phipps and Ann Tout.

These artists have specialised in wood engraving throughout their careers and the exquisite work on display in this exhibition showcases their mastery of techniques that are the most challenging faced by artists working in any medium. The art of the wood engraver has long been associated with the depiction of landscape, which is a principal interest to these artists, as well as urban and industrial views.

Visitors can also get a glimpse of the printmaker’s studio and discover the intricate tools, end grain woodblocks, artists’ proofs, drawings, monotypes, publications and the art of bookbinding that all give an insight into how these artists use black and white with a range of silvery tones to create their amazing images. 

Artist Kate Dicker says “We are delighted to be exhibiting in City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre particularly as group of artists who take so much inspiration from the City and the beautiful Hampshire countryside.”

The exhibition is free and the artists work will be on sale so if you are looking for that extra special Christmas gift, or simply to take time out in a busy day to relax and be inspired why not pop in to City Space.

City Space is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm, closed Bank Holidays. Weekdays between Christmas and New Year the Discovery Centre will close at 5pm.

SEARCH is 20!

image: children at SEARCH

SEARCH at Gosport Discovery Centre will be celebrating its 20th Birthday on 16th December and we would like to mark it by collecting memories of visitors. Have you been visiting Search over the last 20 years? If so, we'd love to hear from you with your for memories/photos of SEARCH.

SEARCH is unique with no other museum like it in the UK. With between 10,000 &17,000 visitors a year for 20 years we are close to a quarter of a million visitors. Most visitors to SEARCH participate in workshops staying with us for over 2 hours at a time. Many visitors who came to SEARCH as children with their school or took part in the extensive holiday programme that we offered in the past are now returning with their own children. Some have gone on to work in museums or become volunteers here.

We are going to mark 20 years of this unique learning facility with several activities and events as well as displays of memories from over the years. If you feel you have something you can contribute, (photos, memories, articles) then please contact wendy.redman@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.






Stephen K Amos to perform at the West End Centre in Aldershot

image: Stephen. K. Amos

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour and will complete his tour of Hampshire when he performs at the West End Centre, in Aldershot, on 2 December.

Tickets are just £17 and can be bought from www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Star of BBC Radio 4's Life: An Idiot's Guide and What Does the K Stand For?, Stephen K Amos has entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. Described by The Evening Standard as 'Unashamed feel-good entertainment", the comedy show is bound to have audiences doubled up with laughter in their seats.

Stephen K Amos is fast becoming one of the nation's favourite faces on television, with guest appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week and a number of documentaries under his belt, including BAFTA nominated Batty Man. He has impressed critics as a gifted actor both on stage and screen, with the Sunday Times stating that he is "officially becoming a national treasure."

Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "We're honoured to host Stephen K Amos, one of Britain's most engaging and exciting comedians. He's played the nation's biggest theatres but residents of Hampshire won't have to travel far to experience his brilliant performance."

Basingstoke Town Centre businesses say ‘yes’ to Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District

BASINGSTOKE, 13 November 2015

Basingstoke Town Centre is set to benefit from nearly £2 million of private sector investment over the next 5 years after local businesses have voted in favour of creating Basingstoke Together, a Business Improvement District (BID) for the area. The team of local businesses behind the BID campaign are delighted the proposal was given the green light today with 173 businesses taking part in the ballot and 116 of these voting in favour of the BID.

Laurence Martin, Chair of the Basingstoke Together BID steering group said, “We’ve got lots of ideas to really improve the Town Centre for shoppers and other users and shout about what a great place it is. As a town centre business and Basingstoke resident, I’m really excited that we now have an organisation and funding in place to make these happen.”

Work on the BID proposal and campaign so far has been made possible thanks to the efforts of a wide variety of local businesses from the area that stretches from the railway station to the Top of Town.  Support from BID specialists, The Means, who have set up BIDs across the UK was integral to the campaign’s success.

In a drive to make Basingstoke better for business, Basingstoke Together aims to:

  1. Promote Basingstoke Town Centre to regular customers and new visitors
  2. Support and connect local businesses
  3. Improve the visitor experience

The council’s Deputy Leader, with responsibility for the town centre, Cllr Terri Reid said “It is fantastic news that local businesses have voted in support of a Business Improvement District for the area.

“It’s vital for town centres to gain a competitive edge and bringing all the businesses in the area together to help improve what is offered to the people that live and work in Basingstoke can really help to achieve this. The council is committed to working with local businesses to ensure that Basingstoke Town Centre is a thriving retail and leisure destination and we look forward to working with the Basingstoke Together BID on this.”

37.74 % of businesses within the proposed BID area voted in the Basingstoke Together BID ballot. 67% % of those voted in favour of the BID with the ‘yes’ votes representing 66 % of the total rateable value of all the properties that voted. In line with BID ballot regulations, Basingstoke Together needed to secure at least 51% of ‘yes’ votes on both counts to win the ballot.

The full BID term will last for five years from April 2016 to April 2021. Nearly 500 businesses with a rateable value of more than £10,000 will contribute a levy up to a maximum of 1.4% of their rateable value every year to the BID. This will generate nearly £2 million of private sector funds that will be reinvested back into Basingstoke Town Centre.

Alan Stone, Chair of the Top of the Town Association and member of the Steering Group said, “We would like to thank all the businesses for their support throughout the campaign, for having confidence in Basingstoke Together and for voting ‘yes’. We could not have achieved this without their backing.”

The Basingstoke Together BID proposal, which sets out the BID’s 12 pledges can be viewed online at www.Basingstoketogether.co.uk

Hampshire Cultural Trust to host literary festival

Image: Romance author Lucy Dillon will speak at the Hampshire Cultural Trust New Forest Readers' Day

Keen readers and fans of fiction will have the chance to put their questions directly to their favourite authors when Hampshire Cultural Trust hosts a literary festival this weekend (14 November) at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton.

There's something for every keen reader at the New Forest Readers' Day with three top writers of romance, crime and historical fiction giving talks to small groups and taking part in panels.

Writers attending the New Forest Readers' Day are:

  • Lucy Dillon, who has won the prestigious Romantic Novel Association twice, most recently for A Hundred Pieces of Me', a heart-wrenching yet truly life affirming tale. Lucy's latest novel, her sixth, is 'One Small Act of Kindness', a vibrant story of friendship, secrets and the kindness of strangers.
  • Kate Rhodes, the acclaimed author of two poetry collections and London based crime series featuring psychologist Alice Quentin. This year sees's Alice's fourth case come to light in 'River of Souls', where getting inside the mind of a killer isn't for the faint of heart.
  • S D Sykes, writer for radio, screenplays and novelist. Her first novel, 'Plague Land', a medieval mystery filled with danger and intrigue, was released last year. Her latest novel 'The Butcher Bird' is a compelling and vivid read that takes the reader from the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the filthy streets of London.

Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: "The New Forest Readers' Day will be an engaging and thrilling event for any fanatical reader or budding writer. We're proud to host world-renowned authors at our literary festival in a day and bring world-class culture to Hampshire."

The New Forest Readers' Day will take place between 10:15am - 3:30pm. Tickets cost just £26 and include a panel and two group discussions of your choice. Lunch is also included in the price of the ticket.

To book tickets and to find out more information please visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Tickets are also available from the box office on 01425 612393

Hampshire Cultural Trust launches its 10-year Vision and Strategic plan


Image: One of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s venues, City Museum Winchester


Hampshire Cultural Trust formally launched its 10-year vision and strategic plan at its birthday celebration (October 30).


The event, was held at the Sainsbury Gallery at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, and marked a year’s anniversary since the trust’s launch in 2014. The trust was created as an independent charity to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s culture and creative economy.

Hosted by the trust’s chairman, Alan Lovell, and chief executive, Janet Owen, the event offered the trust’s founding ambassadors a unique opportunity to hear about the achievements and future ambitions of the trust and how the public can play their part in its future.


It has had a hugely successful first year. Some of its key achievements include:

  Reaching over one million people through Hampshire’s ‘big theme’, DINOFEST2015

• Hosting world-class touring exhibitions in its Flagship Galleries, including Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Made in China

• Recruiting 36 Founding Ambassadors and its first Corporate Partner, Be Wiser 


By 2025 it aims, with the support of its partners, to have transformed its diverse portfolio into an even stronger and sustainable offer that brings world-class culture to local people and draws in visitors from across the globe.

The celebration, also featured an exclusive presentation from Andrew Forsyth, one of last year’s finalists of the nationally renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He gave guests a fascinating insight into his work before they had the opportunity to look around this year’s world-class exhibition in the museum’s Sainsbury Gallery. Janet Owen, chief executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “The evening gave us the opportunity to showcase the vital work Hampshire Cultural Trust has undertaken and introduce the framework we have set out to help us achieve our ambitions over the next decade.

“It is a way to say thank you to our current founding ambassadors and invite new supporters and corporate partners to assist the trust in realising its ambition to make Hampshire a world-class place for arts, culture and heritage.”

Alan Lovell, chairman of Hampshire Cultural Trust, added: “Hampshire Cultural Trust promotes world-class culture on people’s doorsteps. We truly believe that we can change the lives of every single person we engage with, sometimes for a day and sometimes for a lifetime.


“Our vision and plan is bold and exciting and it is my belief that, in a county as enterprising and strong as Hampshire, we are on route to success.”


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