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Paulsgrove Exhibition Helps Capture the Spirit

Author: Madeline Goodwin Published: 10th March 2017 09:27

An organisation based in Paulsgrove is holding an exhibition to remember the history of the Portsmouth town.

Capturing the Spirit has been running since last September and collects artefacts which are donated by residents of Paulsgrove.

The project, set up by the Paulsgrove and Wymering Trust, aims to create a community archive of memories, including photographs and memorabilia.

An event called 'Whenever I think of home I think of ...Paulsgrove' will be held at the Paulsgrove Community Centre on the 25th March, 10:30-1:30, to display the contributed artefacts and as a meet-and-greet for the local residents.

Rebecca White, 24, who works for the project, said: “We are aiming to illustrate the rich history of Paulsgrove and Wymering, its unique character and the people who live here.

“Contributors include Jack Dixon, a 95-year-old gentleman who has lived in Paulsgrove since it was first built. Jack has brought us his personal collection of ration books from the war.

“It would be a real shame to lose the memories that people have from growing up and living in these communities, and I think it is very important that future generations know their history.

“I hope that the mini-exhibition in March will contribute a lot to the local community. I hope it gives the residents a sense of pride that they come from such a unique, tight-knit area.”

Syd Rapson, 74, from Washbrook Road, is a previous Mayor and Councillor for Portsmouth and has also donated artefacts to the project.

“We dreamt up the idea of getting the memories of residents recorded for prosperity”, he said.

“Paulsgrove people are quite reserved and shy when talking about themselves but once you gain their confidence, they are very articulate and verbal.

“Through Capturing the Spirit, many people will be remembered.”

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At 20:56 on 18th March 2017, PhilG commented:
The two children in the picture lived next door to me in Deerhurst Crescent. It was great fun growing up in Paulsgrove with it's easy access to Portchester and its Castle, Portsdown Hill, Southwick etc. Spent many hours out in boats in the harbour too, what more could you need.

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