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Cook’s Mission for Seamen & His Ragged School. (Event from 2016)

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Waterside Community Church, South Street, Gosport, PO12  1ES

A costumed young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visit Henry Cook’s site where he founded the Gosport and Portsmouth seaman’s mission, and ragged school in South Street.

You will have chance to get your photo taken with Victoria and Albert in an old style photo studio corner.  Victoria and Albert will be arriving at the main entrance at 1100, 1200, 1300 and  1400.  You can sit and listen to a passionate speech from Cook and to see examples of children’s work.

There will be background sights and sounds of a Victorian harbour playing at intervals on a powerpoint screen, free strawberry teas, exhibition of memorabilia, an adult quiz sheet based on answers from the exhibition walls and a children’s quiz with a small prize, craft tables making  Victorian lanterns and Victorian cards and turning straw hats into Victorian ones by adding paper flowers and card feathers. There will also be a table for children to practice Victorian cursive writing  with an assistant.  All materials will be provided.

If the weather is reasonable – there will be some seating and tables outside with a small gazebo and artificial trees.

We anticipate a bit of comedy through small scripted conversations between the royals and other costumed actors.

Truly inspiring to see.


Please note that this an Event from 2016


No Booking Needed


Partially accessiblerefreshments


Waterside Community Church would like the public to know that they  have  people  taking  part who’ve overcome mental health problems such as autism.


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