Rugby Read: Portsmouth Back to Winning Ways

Last week saw Pompey back in form with an excellent 46-8 win over 10th place Andover. S&C rugby correspondent William Payne reports. Something big must have happened for the PRFC team over the Christmas break, as they burst into 2017 in style with a clear victory for their first game of the year. Just 8 Read more

Post Mortem

By Jon Crout. Vaughn stared down Kennedy from the other end of the deserted, dust blown street. “Your portrayal of Chris Adams was too far removed from the original to be credibly considered the same character,” he called down the road. Kennedy narrowed his eyes and ran his thumbs along the top of his holster Read more

Guns, Glitter and Gewgaws: A 1950s Christmas

In a S&C Christmas exclusive, actor, playwright and S&C Contributing Editor John Bartlett recalls the Christmas customs of his childhood. Some of these customs remain with us, others now seem alien or eccentric. In 1956, my father Reg fell ill whilst serving on board the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. He had to leave the ship Read more

Football: Pompey Claw Back to Winning Ways

Kal Naismith helped Portsmouth return to winning ways from the bench, scoring a superb free kick to beat Grimsby 1-0 away from home. S&C football correspondent Ben Williets reports. Despite the defeat against Stevenage, Paul Cook opted to field the same starting 11 for the Grimsby match. Michael Smith looked to continue his excellent form Read more

STAR POems: Poem Composed while doing a Headstand

By Maggie Sawkins, Star & Crescent’s Poetry Editor. The fir cone I picked from a Corsican forest, carried across an ocean nestled between balls of socks, has fallen from the grate and rests where it meets my gaze as I pose upside down in my daily practice. I notice how it makes the perfect mandala, Read more

NHS Plans for Portsmouth Set to Pass Without Consultation

Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton and a Portsmouth NHS doctor (who prefers not to be named) report on proposals to cut over £500 million from the NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight by 2020, which are due to be signed off today. Today is the deadline for the submission of NHS plans and contracts Read more

Keeping Pompey Green is a Community Effort

Community activist and founder of Southsea Greenhouse, Sue Stokes, reports on a recent grassroots community arts project, #KeepPompeyGreen, celebrating all things bright and beautiful in Portsmouth. Additional reporting by Sarah Cheverton. I hear lots of people describing their love for their gardens, or how important parks and green spaces are. There are waiting lists for Read more

Rugby Read: Portsmouth Fall Short to Old Reigatians

Usually, achieving a bonus point away to the team placed 2nd in the league would be a great achievement, but when you had a poor start and then dominated for the rest of the match, it’s a little harder to take. This was the story for Portsmouth RFC on Saturday the 10th. Will Payne reports. Read more

Bigger, Better, Bolder: S&C’s Plans for 2017

Change is afoot at S&C. Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton explains what we’ll be up to in 2017 and how you can get involved in our continuing mission to #ReclaimTheNews. Here at S&C, we are very proud of all we’ve achieved since we launched in February 2015. We began life as a fiercely independent online Read more

Eye on Portsmouth: Playing with the Pompey Patois

Meditations on Marx, Pompey architecture and translating the local lingo. Local resident Mike Gumbrell turns his satirical eye to some of Pompey’s unique foibles. Read more