Remembrance Sunday Service In Portsmouth's Guildhall Square Will Be Shown On The Big Screen

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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.

Big Screen To Turn Pink On 1 October To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer Campaign

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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).

A Great Turn Out For The 2018 Royal Opera House Events At The Big Screen Portsmouth

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We're thrilled to share that the Big Screen Portsmouth had one of the highest turn outs in years for the Royal Opera House events, hosted in Guildhall Square. 

Hundreds of you joined us to watch Swan Lake, La Boheme and Don Giovanni from June through to July in 2018. These events took place three times over the summer period and no wonder you all turned out, as the weather seemingly complimented each event.

Additionally this year, the Big Screen offered extra comfort to guests by means of free blow up cushions as well as ponchos to protect them from any rain, if needed. As the weather was stunning each evening, these ponchos will now be kept with us for next year's events.

We also handed out the stunning programme which this year also had a fantastic competition that was being run by The Royal Opera House that would see two guests whisked off to London this December to see The Nutcracker and dinner for two. (Don't forget to post off your entries before those close, if you joined us and are reading this!)

The live streams are organised by the Royal Opera House in partnership with BP who together formed the #BPBigScreens partnership, who beam their performances to many screens located across the UK including Bristol, Swansea, Woolwich and Leeds. The events themselves though are organised by the events team at Portsmouth City Council in partnership with The University of Portsmouth. 

While the season may have drawn to a close with three stunning performances broadcast from London, we're expecting to be able to announce the return of these events for the 2019 season.

Stay tuned to the Big Screen Portsmouth News page for the latest.