We’re in Waitrose today!

The HCS Committee members and the Gazebo Garden volunteers will be manning the Gazebo Garden stand in Waitrose from around 10:15 onward today, as part of the Waitrose Community Week.

Do stop by for a quick chat – we’d be delighted to see you!

The Gazebo Garden is a glorious riot of April colours

Do please stop by the Gazebo Garden and see the wonderful Spring colours. Then spare a thought for those lovely volunteers and next time you’re in Waitrose, drop your green tokens in the Gazebo Garden slot!

Petition regarding the Langstone Railway cottages.

imageMany of us were saddened by last month’s destruction by fire of the railway cottages on the east side of the Langstone Road approach to Hayling Island.  The Grade 2 listed cottages were originally built as labourers’ cottages and later lived in by the crossing-keeper for the Hayling branch line.

A private petition has recently been set up with the intention of urging Havant Borough Council “to do all in its power to ensure this building is restored to its original appearance, thereby recreating the iconic visual feature along Langstone Road, which has existed since the 18th Century.”

With the causes of the fires still under investigation, HCS does not believe that some of the public speculation expressed in comments on this petition is helpful.  However, we are firmly committed to the intention of this petition and support this initiative to seek appropriate restoration of this landmark building.

If you would like to sign the petition, please take this link to Change.org.

St Lucy’s Day pictures

Thursday 13th December marked the first of what we hope will become a regular event in the Gazebo Garden in the run up to Christmas.  This rather magical picture of our ‘St. Lucy’ sums up the evening.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Scandinavian tradition of a St Lucy’s Day festival and procession, you will find some background information on Wikipedia here.

Ann Buckley and Canon Tom Kennar from St Faith’s were instrumental in bringing the tradition to Havant in 2018 and we hope to make it an annual event.  We couldn’t fault the lovely gingerbread snacks, the stollen, the mulled fruit drinks and the coffee, but next year we’ll be looking to encourage more enthusiasm in the ‘lantern’ department!

It was a lovely evening in the run up to Christmas and a fine example of the kind of event that the Gazebo Garden can be used for.

Christmas wreath making workshop success!

The Christmas Wreath making workshop was organised by the Havant Civic Society and held on Friday 7th at St Faith’s Church, a beautiful  and welcoming venue.

All proceeds were donated to the fund for restoring the historic banner depicting St Faith which is currently at the London School of needlework for assessment.
Hilary Deadman gave an interesting presentation about the banner and the restoration work that is now needed. A presentation about this can be seen on the St Faith’s website.

A quick and easy litter questionnaire

Havant Civic Society have been invited to attend a meeting of the Business and Commercial Services Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday 5th December to discuss the subject of litter in the town.

Please take a couple of minutes to answer the two questions below, pressing the ‘Submit’ button when you’ve finished.  The responses we receive will help to inform our input to the Scrutiny Panel.

Please don’t forget to press the ‘Submit’ button
immediately above this line!!

East Street car parks under threat

We are concerned that both the East Pallant and the Bear Hotel car parks are included in the Draft Local Plan to 2036 as sites for residential development.  Objections from the Civic Society, The Spring and St Faith’s Church about the impact of this have not yet altered the Council’s thinking.

These car parks are heavily used by older and disabled people, as they are close to the historic town centre. Families also use the car parks, as they are near to Fairfield and Glenhurst schools and the Pallant Family Café. Other users include visitors to the Pallant Centre, the Gazebo Garden, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, St Faiths and The United Reformed Churches. They also support the three dental practices in East Street and the one in Prince George Street, as well as the many small businesses in the nearby town centre streets, who rely on them for parking, both for staff and customers.

Havant Borough Council owns the East Pallant Car Park, which they compulsory purchased for use as a car park many years ago. The Council do not seem to appreciate how vital this car park is for the prosperity of the town centre. This proposal feels like planning at its worst.

What can you do?

Please email or write to the councillors for St Faith’s ward and also your own ward councillor, if you do not live in this ward and express your concerns. There is still time to get this site taken out of the Local Plan.

Write to your ward councillor at: The Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, P09 2AZ, or email them at:  jackie.branson@havant.gov.uk , tim.pike@havant.gov.uk , david.guest@havant.gov.uk

St Lucy’s Day Lantern Procession and Carols at the Gazebo

Havant Civic Society and St Faith’s Church

Lantern Procession and Carols

on St Lucy’s Day, Thursday 13th December at 6.00pm.

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Meet at the Pallant House, behind Waitrose, then walk by lantern light to the Gazebo Garden for carols followed by refreshments.

Everyone Welcome
Please bring a lantern

Download our St Lucy’s day poster to print and display in your window.