A short biography of the English Channel or "Why we are, why we are” beginning with when the Channel was formed and how this narrow stretch of water has come to influence the way we think, speak and behave. Many welcome visitors, some less so, and some would-be visitors who so very, very nearly made it, but not quite: Phillip II of Spain and his vast Armada, Bonaparte with barges, a tunnel and hot air balloons, and you know who in those perilous early 1940s. Brussels? Don't dare mention it. Speaker: Iain Kennedy
Tommy Atkins – A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World War.
The development of Fort Gilkicker to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again. According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not able to see the project through to the end."...> read more