Generation Coil

Although the contraceptive coil is no longer common in many countries, it remains popular in Britain. Portsmouth-based student Isabelle Bilton recounts the experience of having one fitted in a Portsmouth hospital in uncompromising detail. My hands shook as I typed the number for the clinic; the January cold had crept under the doors and filled Read more

STAR POem: Edward King – Artist

By John Pearson   On used scraps of board, paint brush strokes made their mark – the silent aftermath of a city scarred, blitzed, battered and burned; rubble piled high in streets, glass splinters, heaps of plastered bricks, floor-boards, door frames – decades of honest Portsmouth dust.   Away from war-damage you painted your St Read more

An Open Letter to Donna Jones

In a letter to the Leader published exclusively on S&C, contributor Rosie Bremer takes a tongue in cheek look at the reduction in funding facility time passed by Portsmouth City Council on 14th February. Dear Mrs Jones, I’m so sorry I was unable to attend the recent Portsmouth City Council meeting discussing reducing facility time for Read more

Democracy in Portsmouth? It’d Be a Good Idea

In the wake of recent protests both local and global, journalist, political commentator and S&C editor Tom Sykes questions how representative our elected representatives really are – in Portsmouth and beyond. Criticisms of democracy have been around since the birth of democracy itself. But new questions are being asked in the West about how fair, Read more

Rugby Read: Another Loss for Portsmouth

Rugby correspondent, William Payne, reports on another week of injury and loss for the beleaguered Portsmouth RFC. Last week saw Portsmouth welcome 7th place London Exiles, a team they had previously defeated 17-20 in a hard-fought game, but this PRFC were facing some challenges. The team were without 3 of their best: Darren Crabb with Read more

Rugby Read: Game Abandoned After Injury and Poor Conditions

An ambulance called, a player taken away with an injury and poor pitch conditions following bad weather saw Portsmouth’s game abandoned against London Cornish after 64 minutes, reports S&C Rugby Correspondent, Will Payne. The away match with London Cornish took place on a bitterly cold day on Cornish’s second team pitch. Despite the eventual decision Read more

Is Austerity Bad For Portsmouth’s Mental Health?

S&C Contributing Editor, Maddie Wallace, reports on the impact of austerity on mental health services in Portsmouth and across the country. In 2012, amidst much media fanfare, David Cameron set out his vision for ‘Parity of Esteem‘ between mental and physical health. The Health and Social Care Act decreed that ailments of the mind and Read more

Question Local Health Leaders on NHS Plans

Next week Portsmouth residents have an opportunity to ask health and social care leaders questions on Hampshire and IOW Sustainable Transformation Plans (STP) setting out the future of local NHS services, at a public meeting called by Portsmouth Healthwatch. Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reports. In late December last year, S&C worked with a Portsmouth Read more

Rugby Read: Portsmouth Unlucky Against Old Tonbridgians

Portsmouth’s good form came to an end this week, as PRFC lost 34-46 to 7th place Old Tonbridgians (OTs). S&C rugby correspondent William Payne reports. Portsmouth had to make a few last-minute changes to the team this week, with Captain Luke Richardson unavailable due to work commitments, Curtis Barnes still out due to a head Read more

Football: Portsmouth Hopes Frustrated by Exeter

Portsmouth were left bitterly disappointed last Saturday after a 1-0 defeat against in-form Exeter, with the winning goal coming in the 57th minute. S&C football correspondent, Ben Williets, reports.  Paul Cook named an unchanged side from the previous match, a win against Leyton Orient, and was hoping for more of the same from the promotion-chasing Pompey Read more