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Remembrance Sunday — Armistice Centenary will be shown live on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on Sunday, 11 November 2018.
From 10:30 AM, watch the full ceremony as crowds gather around Guildhall Square to watch veterans and current military personnel march and salute in remembrance of the First World War.
The Remembrance Service will be preceded by a parade of Veterans, Military Personnel and Youth Groups in the Guildhall Square at 10:30am. At 11:00am there will be a two-minute silence followed by the Service. A wreath laying ceremony at the WWI and WWII memorials will conclude the morning’s events. If you intend to lay a wreath, please ensure that you arrive before 10.30am and make yourself known to a marshal who will direct you.
The wreath laying ceremony will be held at the cenotaph where we’ll provide full video coverage on the Big Screen for those who may not have a great view. The broadcast coverage will be provided by students studying the BSc Television and Broadcasting course at the University of Portsmouth with staff supporting them throughout.
Later in the day another event at Southsea Castle will be held, Battle's Over - Last Post and Beacon Lighting where This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace. In remembrance of the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, Beacons of Light will be lit around the country at 7pm on 11th November 2018.
The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort - keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war.
7:05pm - As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe and at home in our factories and farms.
Live from the University of Portsmouth’s Eldon Building, The Creative and Cultural Industries Television Channel (CCI TV) bring back their 30 minute programmes which will be shown live on the Big Screen Portsmouth in Guildhall Square.
Produced entirely be students studying BSc Television and Broadcasting at the University, undergraduate students are tasked to put together shows that highlight the university, the city, and the people within.
The shows will broadcast starting this Friday (5 October) and will continue up until Christmas between 12:00 - 12:30 each week. For more information, visit: http://www.ccichannel.port.ac.uk
On Monday, 1 October, some of our region’s most iconic buildings will once again be lighting up pink in aid of Breast Cancer Haven Wessex. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Cathedral, Park and Ride buildings, The Big Screen Portsmouth in Guildhall Square, The Gaiety at Southsea Pier, Eaton Aerospace and Hambrooks Garden Centre.
Throughout the month, our region will be getting involved in a variety of fundraising activities, from Pink Shirt Day, Squatober, Pink beard which involves men getting glittered to help raise awareness of male breast cancer and something for the children during half term week; pink pumpkins. Other activities include, fizzy Friday’s, skydives and pink Zumba classes to name but a few! (full list of events is attached). This year all activity falls under our National Umbrella campaign My Power Hour.
Breast Cancer Haven, has launched the My Power Hour campaign to drive fundraising during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
In October, the clocks go back and we all gain an extra hour. Through its My Power Hour campaign – which provides a whole host of one-hour fundraising ideas - Breast Cancer Haven demonstrates what one hour of fundraising can do to support those affected by breast cancer.
In just one hour – and for as little as £40 - Breast Cancer Haven can really make a difference to a woman’s diagnosis. They can accessan initial assessment with a healthcare professional to build a personalised programme of support, receive an hour of counselling, relieve difficult side effects of treatment through specialist therapies, and gain practical advice on how to manage money and nutrition.
Breast Cancer Haven visitor, Chris, said:
"I was blown away by Breast Cancer Haven and the services provided by the team were so fantastic. It made me feel safe and it really had a massive impact on me during treatment. Breast Cancer Haven was somewhere where I knew I didn’t have to retell my tale to everybody. You can walk in, sit down and have a cup of tea and just relax. "
Fundraising for My Power Hour is fun and couldn’t be simpler. You could Power Dress – and raise funds with a bucket collection, Power Through (and get sponsored) for running 5k or 10k, Power Up – tackle a mountain, stairs or climbing wall, or simply blast out the Power Ballads (or the dedicated Breast Cancer Haven My Power Hour playlist on Spotify) and pay for enjoying the pleasure.
Pamela Healy OBE, Breast Cancer Haven’s CEO says:
“Every hour in the UK, six women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This October, through our My Power Hour campaign, we’re challenging everyone to use the extra hour gained as the clocks change, to support women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven can provide that support, but only with your help.”
Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity which provides free, one-to-one, emotional support and supportive therapies for people affected by breast cancer. It currently has five flagship centres in London, Hereford, Wessex (Hampshire), West Midlands (Solihull) and Yorkshire (Leeds), with outreach centres in Worcestershire Royal Hospital and three in London hospitals.The charity’s support programme provides a unique model of care that is fully integrated with hospital medical treatment.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs from the 1-31 October 2018. You can find lots of creative ideas to make your extra hour count by visiting the Breast Cancer Haven website, including the My Power Hour playlist, a list of events to get involved in and downloadable challenges. Visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/mypowerhour to find out more.
Whether you have had breast cancer, have supported someone who has, or just want to raise awareness of the campaign or charity, please share using #MyPowerHour.@BreastCancerH (Twitter), @breastcancerhaven (Instagram), @breastcancerhaven (Facebook).
Another new music video has been added to the Big Screen today from Portsmouth performer, Marley Blandford. The Victorious Festival performer has previously had his song “A Shooting Star Ain’t A Sign Of Love” played on the screen and so we’re delighted to announce that we’re can add, “Hiraeth” starting today as you pass through the square.
In an interview, Marley explains where the inspiration for the song came from:
“I met Janet when I opened a show for her back in 2016. We met up in 2017 and did some writing sessions and this song came from that. After some lyrical ideas, she mentioned that it reminded her of "Hiraeth" and we both felt inspired to write about it. It's a Welsh word - a feeling of homesickness and/or nostalgia for a home/place that you cannot return to, or one that may have not even existed in the first place, a strange feeling that we've both felt before. We managed to write this in one afternoon. It was great day & I've always loved Janet's music so it was wicked being able to work with her.”
The new song and video will play in the daily content slots on the Big Screen from today. If you’re a local musician with a music video you want to showcase, then follow the upload links above and submit your videos for review today!