Saturday June 23rd was a day to remember in Havant, not just for us local residents, but also for two young residents of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Tom (aged 5) and William (aged 3) landed at Heathrow at 7:00 am with their journalist mum ( a Fairfield School pupil from the era of Mrs. Lawrence) and dad (a journalist and author from New Jersey).
Granddad had made the early trip up to Heathrow to pick them up and by 11:00 am the entire family were down at ‘The Spring’ watching the Wickham Morris and joining in with the terrific celebrations laid on by the Friends of Havant Cemeteries. After a quick lunch these two young lads were introduced – ‘re-introduced’ as far as mum and granddad were concerned – to the Fairfield School Strawberry Fayre. A enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
It’s hard to think of a better introduction to England. A warm ‘thank you’ to both the FoHC and Fairfield School for laying on such great local entertainment for the townsfolk of Havant.
Historic England have an online interactive map which provides a quick way into the nation’s archive of historic buildings:
- Open this link, which takes you to Historic England’s interactive map:
- Type ‘Havant’, or your postcode, into the box at the top left and click on the blue symbol
- Click on Havant, Havant, Hampshire
- On the map displayed, the listed buildings are represented by blue triangles. Zoom the map in and out as required, using the + and – symbols or the scroll wheel on your mouse, then click on the triangle you want to look at.
- On the little box that pops up, click on “View List Entry” to see details of the listing.
Once you’ve done that, why stop at Havant? Zoom out, drag the map around and zoom in on your other favourite places. It’s this use of ‘Big Data’, along with sites like those shown on our ‘Local Travel‘ page, which make the internet worth having.
Not quite in the town centre, but well worth a visit is the Making Space studio site in Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park. A number of well known and established Hampshire and Sussex artists and craft experts run courses at Making Space and the seven small studios on the site are rented out to local artists who are well worth visiting. Take the link to the site to learn more.
At the cultural heart of Havant Town Centre is the The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in East Street. Take the link to open the Spring website in another browser tab.
Havant Civic Society is not allied to any other group or organisation, but some of our aims overlap to some extent with those of The Museum; several of our members already belong to Friends of Havant Museum or the local history group. I am attaching information about these groups in case they are of interest to you.
Havant History Group meets in the Oyster Room at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre at 10am on the first Saturday of the month. There is no charge and our talks are given by members. Come along and give it a try. For further information please contact The Spring on 023 9247 2700.