St. Mary’s Churchyard Restoration Project in partnership with PCA – June 2021

At last we started the project on Monday May 24th which was the 3rd time we had tried to start, but Covid-19 intervened. With restrictions relaxed we could meet up outside with a maxim of 30 volunteers and a track and trace system in place. We have been so lucky with our volunteers (19) who are so full of enthusiasm, keen to get hands on and have some fun after months of being in lock down. People may think this is a sad project to volunteer for but it’s not at all. We are rediscovering some of the lost and forgotten history of the site and Portchester people, their history and allowing this to be preserved for future generations. Phase one of the project is collecting all the information from the visible headstones and markers including the cremation area. This will take approximately take 15/20 weeks so into the autumn of 2021.

During the winter months we will be updating the cemetery database, researching all the new names we have collected and finding out as much as we can for each individual and family. In the spring 2022 we will then try and find any of the headstones/markers that are now covered with grass and hidden under the soil. This included all the kerb stones that go around three sides of the cemetery walls. With luck we might be able to start this in 2021 with more volunteers once restrictions are fully lifted.

During the summer months we will be holding “open days” allowing you to come to the churchyard and see what we have achieved and what our long term aims are.You will also have regular updates of our progress and towards the end of the season a display of what we have been doing with photographs of how we moved forward. 

If you would like to join us, have any question or arrange a visit to the site please contact Kate Tame 01329 310233

As this is National Volunteers Week 1st – 7th  June may I take the opportunity of thanking all the volunteers who are supporting this project

New Community Project – May 2021
Are you interested in local history?
Kate Tame is leading a community project at St. Mary’s Church Graveyard. The aim is to restore and record headstones, kerbstones and memorials in order to create a comprehensive database.
The team will be meeting on Monday May 24th between 11.30am – 3pm. Please contact Kate directly to book a place as spaces are limited. See below for more details or to download an application form.
Bookshop – January 2021

Unfortunately due to the new lockdown our bookshop is closed once again!

The good news is ‘click and collect’ is now available!

Government guidance states that sales activity can be conducted remotely, so if you have an idea of which authors or subjects you might be interested in or perhaps you’d like a DVD to watch, then we can browse for you and arrange for online payments!

We are still here arranging, preparing and delivering meals to our elderly customers.

So please contact Wendy at or 02392 210048 for more information.

Meals on Wheels from The Hub  – January 2021

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic Portchester Community Association has in line with government restrictions , closed all our usual weekly groups. However, in a bid to continue to help the local community, we are currently providing a “meals on wheels” service for as many of our members and local residents as we possibly can. It is just £3 per meal, with a menu ranging from roast dinner to fish pie to sausage and mash, cooked fresh every day, although our menu may change slightly due to availability of supplies. 

During our first week we delivered just twenty dinners, but requests increased rapidly, and since 16th March 2020 we have now delivered over 5000 dinners, including 32 full Christmas Dinners!  Our chef and volunteer drivers are amazing, delivering in all weathers and the whole operation is  being co-ordinated by our manager Cheryl. We would like to thank St. Mary’s church for the loan of a hot cupboard and a donation towards obtaining our own and all those who have given us donations to keep this invaluable service going. We have also been successful in obtaining a grant from the ASDA foundation which will be put towards the costs of providing the free Christmas dinners.  

If you or a family member needs help during this difficult time please give us a call on our main line number 023 92 210048 or drop us a line via the email as we are working with several other organisations including Acts of Kindness, One Community and Community First.

Stay safe everyone from the PCA team.