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Inspiring Fratton Awards shines a spotlight on unsung heroes in our city says Portsmouth MP

Stephen Morgan MP has paid tribute to the efforts of all of this year’s winners of the Inspiring Fratton Awards, a scheme set up by the parliamentarian and local organisation Fratton Big Local.

This week local school girl Lacie, accepted her award for their contribution to education, who spent a weekend running in fancy dress in order to raise money for the school’s garden. The £350 raised allowed the school to purchase a range of products for it, including a water feature.

Under Covid restrictions, this year’s awards ceremony took place safely in much fewer numbers at St Mary’s Church earlier this month and was livestreamed online, with some winners like Lacie unable to collect their award.

All awards have now this week been issued to all winners.

Stephen Morgan MP, said,

“I want to thank Lacie and all our award winners for their tremendous contribution to our local community in Fratton.

“I’m really pleased to be able to deliver this award to someone who richly deserves it and its really important all of this year’s award winners’ achievements are recognised.”

The community award scheme also recognised  – a number of other community winners in a range of categories. All winners for 2020 are:

 1. Contribution to Creativity in Fratton Over 18:

Anita Godson

“Inspiring young adults to build their own creative social enterprise in the community. Amazing work with vulnerable adults, including them in their community and working in partnership within the community.”

 2. Contribution to Creativity in Fratton Under 18

Hannah Clark

“Singer and songwriter, at the age of 16 she has regularly performed for charity events.”

 

3. Contribution to Education in Fratton Over 18

Sarah Mitas

“Inspiring and dedicated to others.”

 

4. Contribution to Sport in Fratton Over 18

Jen Stoneham

“Jen has volunteered for GoodGym and the HIVE during the pandemic and has been out doing something with these organisations most weeks. She has also been on the front line working as a midwife and has still found time to keep up her running.”

 

5. Contribution to Sport in Fratton Under 18

Bruno Hoxha

“Bruno is in year 6 and is very good at sports and always tries hard, helping and supporting others whilst playing. He is very enthusiastic during school PE lessons and shows good sportsmanship.”

 

6. Contribution to Volunteering in Fratton Over 18

Billy Shannon

“For unstinting selfless dedication to care, comfort and providing meals to the homeless living on the streets in Portsmouth.”

 

7. Contrition to Volunteering in Fratton Under 18

Kayla Thornton

“We held an appeal at Manor Infant School for support with a new Nurture garden we were setting up. Lacie and Kayla went above and beyond and spent a weekend running in fancy dress in order to raise money for our garden. They raised over £350 which allowed us to buy many things for the garden, including a water feature. We were very grateful for their support.”

 

8.  Best Café/ Take away in Fratton Road

Chit Chat

“I would like to nominate Chit Chats Café based in Fratton Community Centre for always making us feel welcome. They have created a beautiful, and much valued, little space in the heart of the Fratton community. Plus their cakes are delicious!”

 

9. Best Trader/Business in Fratton Road

Make

 “Fantastic community enterprise.”

 

10. Contribution to community life in Fratton in extraordinary times Over 18:

Rosie Francis

“Rosie has worked tirelessly throughout lockdown, giving up her own time while furloughed to make sure those who were isolating didn’t go without, making food deliveries and doing shopping. Walking all over Portsmouth to deliver. Also cleaning St Mary’s Church from top to bottom to make sure we can safely come back to Church and providing daily cleaning and always a cheery smile. Thank you Rosie.”

 

11. Contribution to community life in Fratton in extraordinary times Under 18

Alex Moles

“Alex has been working hard with his mum to help share awareness of the Portsmouth Harvest appeal. He has made posters and even got his School, Beaver section and junior church involved with his idea- how much food can you buy for £3? The same price as a coffee. He wants to help those who are less fortunate than him and have no or little money to buy food.  Over lock down Alex has been cheering everyone up with making different displays for the front room windows, he has painted stones to give away, made everyone laugh with his amazing scarecrow he made for Make Urban Scarecrow Festival. He also made a 99yr old veteran’s day by going to their house on VE day and singing “we’ll meet again” to her outside her front door. He doesn’t always get it right but he has been working extremely hard to help others. Well done Alex, I’m proud of you.”

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Covid-19: Portsmouth to move to Tier 3

Responding to news Portsmouth will be moving into tier three as announced by the Health Secretary in the House of Commons today, Portsmouth South’s Stephen Morgan MP said:

“With cases up 46% in the south east, infections levels on the rise again here in our city, and the significant pressures on QA Hospital, Portsmouth will be moving to tier three at the weekend, meaning that our communities will regrettably be sitting under the toughest of conditions.

Just two weeks ago the Government mistakenly claimed they had the pandemic under control. The city council leader also wildly said Portsmouth could go into tier one.

Throughout this crisis, I have urged the government to act responsibly and with speed to take the hard decisions to control the virus. If political leaders fail to take swift and decisive action, they can no longer claim to be ‘protecting the NHS’.

Portsmouth people continue to make huge sacrifices to protect the vulnerable and save lives. Ministers must now get a grip of this virus, so that our NHS can be protected and our city’s economy recovers faster.”

Tier Three restrictions can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

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City MP praises local heroes at this year’s Inspiring Fratton Awards

Stephen Morgan MP praised this year’s winners of the Inspiring Fratton Awards, a scheme set up by the locally born parliamentary representative and Fratton Big Local.

The local awards aim to recognise members of the Fratton community that have a long-running connection with the ward that have gone above and beyond to enrich the local area.

The awards feature a variety of categories ranging from Sport and Art to Best Café and Educational Achievement and seek to showcase a cross-section of skill sets on offer in the area.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, commented:

“I want to thank all of this year’s winners for their incredible work during what has been an immensely challenging year.

Despite the difficulties we have faced in 2020, these local heroes have still looked to find ways to support and inspire others within our community.

As someone who is Fratton born and raised, I am particularly pleased to see their contribution to the wider city being recognised.”

With Portsmouth currently under Tier 2 restrictions, the awards ceremony took place safely in much fewer numbers this year at St Mary’s Church last night and was livestreamed online, where Father Bob and the Portsmouth South representative announced the winners.

Stephen Morgan MP, added:

“Even with public health restrictions in place, I’m really pleased local residents were able to join Father Bob and I once again to celebrate the achievements of the people of Fratton.

Even if it was via video link, I’m glad and very grateful to organisers and St Mary’s Church who found ways for us to be together and connect with the Fratton community.

Congratulations to all the winners. Everyone in Fratton is so proud of you.”

This is the second year the awards ceremony has taken place, with last year’s Inspiring Fratton Awards thought to have been a great success.

Congratulations to the 2020 winners who are:

  • Contribution to creativity in Fratton (over 18s) – Anita Godson
  • Contribution to creativity in Fratton (under 18s) – Hannah Clark
  • Contribution to Education in Fratton ( over 18s) – Sarah Mitas
  • Contribution to Education in Fratton (under 18s) – Lacie Thornton
  • Contribution to Sport in Fratton (over 18s) – Jen Stoneham
  • Contribution to Sport in Fratton (under 18s) – Bruno Hoxha
  • Contribution to volunteering in Fratton (over 18s) – Billy Shannon
  • Contribution to Volunteering in Fratton (under 18s) – Kayla Thornton
  • Best Cafe/Take Away – Chit Chat collected by Dave Harding
  • Best Trader/Business – MAKE collected by Emma Lennox
  • Contribution to community life in Fratton in extraordinary times (over 18s) – Rosie Francis
  • Contribution to community life in Fratton in extraordinary times (under 18s) – Alex Moles

Awards were designed and produced by Etch in Fratton and certificates designed by UK Flyers based at Victory Business Centre also in the local area. Nominations came from local people, community groups and schools in the ward.

 

 

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Dozens of Portsmouth shops nominated by local residents for national Best Small Shop Award 2020

Dozens of shops across Portsmouth were nominated by city residents for this year’s national Best Small Shop Award 2020, after Stephen Morgan MP called on Portsmouth residents to share their suggestions for which shops should be nominated.

The city MP today visited some of the shops that were nominated as part of his Small Business Saturday efforts.

Earlier this year, the Member of Parliament called on his constituents to let him know their favourites and why so that they can be nominated for the national Best Small Shops Awards, with particular consideration given to shops that have gone above and beyond amid the public health pandemic.

The annual national Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. Those shortlisted are eligible for five awards including the newly launched award for small shops response to Covid-19.

The criteria for which shops can be nominated are non-corporate business selling goods or services to the public for use or consumption rather than for resale, from a business rated premises in the UK.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Our small businesses are the makers and doers of our city and play a critical part of our local economy. It is so important that we continue to recognise their pivotal role in our city and I hope this goes at least a small way in doing that.

“It’s been fantastic to hear from so many residents about the achievements of our local businesses and how they have gone above and beyond to serve our community through this incredibly challenging period.”

This weekend communities across the country will also be marking ‘Small Business Saturday’, as local Portsmouth residents are encouraged by the parliamentary representative to continue to help support Portsmouth’s small businesses on the road to recovery.

Mr Morgan, added:

“As we also mark Small Business Saturday this weekend, I also want to encourage Portsmouth residents, that when they do go out to shop, to consider shopping locally where they feel safe to do so.

“Our shops have been there for us throughout this pandemic and it is now only right that we support them where we can too.”

Stephen called on constituents back in July of this year in the hope to encourage locals to show their solidarity and support for local small businesses in Portsmouth. Today the MP visited 10 local traders across Southsea, Fratton, Milton and Eastney to pass on their certificates.

 

 

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Get in involved with PITC’s ‘Blue Kitchen’

Blue Kitchen is a fantastic local initiative by Pompey in the Community (PITC) that has brought brilliant innovative thinking to help bring our community together this year – despite the restrictions.

Even with the challenges faced by many organisations across our city, PITC stuck at it and continued to find new ways to help engage with our young people stuck at home, whilst supporting the development of an essential life skill.

In partnership with others, they were able to get 60 meals a day to be delivered to those who needed it most during lockdown in the summer.

Young people in Portsmouth are encouraged to get involved and have a go themselves using the recipe below. You can see Stephen having a go at the recipe here.

Chicken Curry   

Ingredients 

2 chicken breasts

1 pepper

1 onion

2 garlic cloves  – crushed or finely chopped

1 tomato

Salt and pepper

Oil

Akash curry powder (or curry powder of your choice)

Rice or flatbreads as required

Instructions 

  1. Cut the onion, peppers and tomato into large chunks, all of a similar size
  2. Cut the chicken into strips
  3. Add 2 tsps of oil to your pan and put it on a high heat. When the oil is nice and hot add your chicken and cook until it is golden brown and cooked all the way through
  4. Take the chicken out of the pan and place to one side
  5. Add 4 tsps of oil to a pan and when hot, add your garlic, onions and peppers and cook until soft.
  6. Add your tomato and 2 tsps of curry powder and turn the heat down to low.
  7. Add your chicken back to the pan and mix so everything is completely coated.
  8. Serve with rice or a naan bread of your choice
  9. Enjoy!
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City MP backs USDAW’s ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’

Stephen Morgan MP has backed USDAW’s campaign ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ and called for greater protections for shop and retail workers following a visit to a Portsmouth Co-op today.

This comes as violence, threats and abuse against retail workers doubled during the height of the Covid-19 crisis earlier this year.

The shop and retail workers union will not be running the campaign in its usual way this year, but has called for shop and retail workers to share their real-life experiences during this period via a survey.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Shop and retail workers both here in Portsmouth and across the country have been the backbone of local communities during this pandemic.

During this crisis our key workers have been there to support us when we needed it most and it is only right we now do the same for them.

That’s why I am proud to support USDAW’s ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ to give shop and retail workers the protections they need during this crisis and beyond”.

During his visit, Co-op employees demonstrated the new body-cameras that the supermarket’s shop workers are now wearing to protect both its customers and employees.

In recent months, some supermarkets and have faced challenges, both in shoplifting and some customers not following government Covid-19 guidelines.

Mr Morgan, added:

“Any further support for our key workers that have helped to feed the nation through this difficult period I of course welcome.

This new measure will no doubt help to protect Co-op shops, its customers and crucially its workers from future challenges and I am glad to see its introduction here in Portsmouth.”

USDAW has also set up a petition that has called on the government to legislate to make it specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker.

 

 

 

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City MP’s Christmas card competition celebrates local heroes

Stephen Morgan MP is calling on all school aged children in his constituency to enter his 2020 Christmas card competition.

Writing to all schools in Portsmouth South, and with a plug for all children to get involved on BBC Radio Solent recently, the theme of the popular competition is ‘Our Local Heroes at Christmas’.

Mr Morgan hopes, after such a tough year, the competition will help spread some much-needed cheer across the local community as well as help young people understand the contribution made to Portsmouth of those working on the frontline in 2020.

Stephen Morgan MP commented:

“This year has been a particularly difficult one for so many people both in our city and across the country.

I hope by acknowledging some of our local heroes we can continue to share our gratitude to those people who have gone above and beyond to make Portsmouth a better place to be.”

The winning entry is to feature as the design for Stephen’s official Christmas card. The card will be sent to hundreds of individuals and organisations across the constituency and country in December.

The city MP added:

“The winning design will be professionally printed and sent to people I work closely with to make Portsmouth a better place for everyone.

The competition is always very popular and I can’t wait to see the designs from so many local young people”.

How can young people take part? 

The competition is open to all school aged pupils living or attending school in Portsmouth South. The theme is ‘Our Local Heroes at Christmas’ and designs can either be landscape or portrait.

Entries should be delivered to Stephen’s constituency office at 72 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SL. The closing date for entries is Monday 23 November 2020 (deadline extended). Entries should include the child’s full name, age and year group, and school. 

If you have any questions about the competition, please get in touch with Stephen by emailing stephen.morgan.mp@parliament.uk

 

 

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Lets Stop AQUIND poster

Portsmouth’s green and open spaces are precious. The AQUIND plans do nothing to benefit our city, only cause disruption to our environment and to our daily lives.

Show your opposition alongside Stephen by displaying a poster in your window.

To download Jane’s brilliant graphic, and print your own click the link below:

Poster

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Government must work with faith groups to support communities says City MP

Responding to concerns about restrictions on all places of worship during the national lockdown in England, Stephen Morgan MP has been taking a range of actions to take forward concerns by constituents including putting pressure on Government on these decisions.

The Government’s second national lockdown in England until 2 December 2020 means that under the new restrictions, places of worship of all faiths can open for individual prayer, funerals and formal childcare, but sadly not for services. Weddings are also no longer permitted expect under the most exceptional circumstances.

The city MP has been liaising with a number of local faith leaders as well as submitting parliamentary questions to ensure our city’s voice is heard.

Commenting on this, Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I value enormously the contribution faith communities make to our society, especially here in Portsmouth, through their spiritual leadership and the way they serve the most vulnerable members of our community.

Throughout the pandemic, religious groups across our city have run foodbanks, provided thousands of hot meals, delivered essential supplies, given childcare support and provided many other essential services.

Leaders of faith communities across England have rightly expressed disappointment that they were not consulted ahead of the Government’s announcement.

I am concerned that the way in which the most recent restrictions were announced shows a disconnect with faith groups and a lack of appreciation for the importance of places of worship in our communities”.

The Portsmouth South representative is calling on the Government to adequately consult faith communities on future plans. On this he added:

“I believe the Government must now set out what steps it will take to ensure vital places of worship are not lost from our communities as a result of Covid-19.

Ministers should hold regular meetings with the Places of Worship Taskforce to ensure faith leaders are consulted and provided with support, particularly ahead of important religious festivals”.

The city MP has vowed to continue to take action to represent the views of Portsmouth’s diverse faith groups and organisations.

 

 

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Second national lockdown: Where to find help

Where to find help

During this second national lockdown, there are a number of support services available for constituents and for those in need. This is a summary of key contacts to help you and your family get through this challenging time for our city.

National Government

It’s important to get official advice, and not rely on what people might be saying, especially on social media.

Government advice can be found at:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS advice:

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Portsmouth City Council

Most services continue to operate. Following government instructions, the council has taken steps to help ensure the wellbeing of customers, staff and the wider community.

For the latest news on council services, up-to-date coronavirus safety advice and other information to help in the current situation, go to:

www.portsmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus

023 9268 8004 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday)

HIVE Portsmouth

Help for vulnerable people If you’re in need of food or medicine deliveries, or other help, please call:

www.hiveportsmouth.org.uk

023 9261 6709 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday)

Medical help

If you need medical help, call the NHS on 111. If it’s an emergency, call 999.

Domestic abuse

For domestic abuse advice and support call 023 9206 5494 (9am – 9pm Monday to Friday) or go to www.stopdomesticabuse.uk If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999.

For more sources of help click on vulnerable people at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus

Other support

Advice on money and work Advice Portsmouth offers free advice on benefits, debt, employment and consumer issues:

023 9279 4340

Text 07789 550593

portsmouth@theyoutrust.org.uk

Citizens Advice can help with new Universal Credit claims:

0800 144 8444

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Council tenants can call their housing office for advice.

For more advice and information on sick pay, benefits, food banks, scams and money concerns, click on work and money at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/coronavirus

Trade unions have been taking a range of actions to protect employment, wages and keep people safe at work. The TUC has a simple guide for those who are looking to join a union and they have guidance and advice available on their website:

www.tuc.org.uk/joinunion

www.tuc.org.uk/CoronavirusProtectingWorkers

Stephen’s constituency office

To protect vulnerable people and help stop the spread of Covid-19 the constituency office at 72 Albert Road has currently stopped face-to-face enquiries but is still helping hundreds of Stephen’s constituents each week.

If you have casework or need help:

stephen.morgan.mp@parliament.uk

www.stephenmorgan.org.uk/covid-19/

023 9229 1088

Please note since the crisis the amount of correspondence Stephen has increased significantly, with the volume more than trebling. His office is therefore currently prioritising urgent cases and we thank you for your patience.

This information was up-to-date on 6 November 2020