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

STAR POems: Quixotic Revelations

By Dale M Chatwin The cold chills my bones like hypodermic needles scratching stone. I rose from the gutter, thoughts fractured and cluttered, made my way back home, uninterrupted. The streets were deserted, the wind howled. The sound was a choir of souls, lamenting their former selves, anguished they roam, through purgatory, their home. Now it Read more

Football: Looking Back at the Festive Blues

Football correspondent, Ben Williets, takes a look back at Pompey’s performance over the holiday season with a slow journalism sports report. The festive season is a busy time in football. Fixtures come thick and fast and it’s a crucial period for clubs with ambitions of promotion. For Pompey – a team that has been pushing Read more

Rugby Read: Portsmouth Through to the Semi-Final

Portsmouth RFC go through to the next round of the Intermediate cup after a close game against Old Colfeians and a final score of 36-33. After a hard-fought battle between both teams, will Pompey ever stop winning? S&C rugby correspondent William Payne reports. Some changes had to be made to the side this week, with Read more

Rugby Read: Portsmouth RFC Triumph Against Effingham & Leatherhead

Portsmouth maintain their winning start to 2017 after beating Effingham and Leatherhead away, 12-26. S&C rugby correspondent, William Payne, reports. With Captain Luke Richardson out due to work commitments and no 9 Sam Ellis unavailable due to injury, new addition to the first XV Jack Easterbrook started the match, with Simon Morgan filling in at Read more

Fire Service Cuts Motivated by Money Not Safety

Last week, Liberal Democrat councillors called a special meeting of local authority councillors and fire officers following repeated concerns about the impact of budget cuts on Portsmouth’s fire service, particularly in relation to fires in high rise buildings. A local firefighter and representative of the Fire Brigade Union has been working with S&C Editor in Read more