The objectives of the Association are to represent collectively the interests of the residents, to provide a channel of communication with appropriate Local Authorities and to provide a forum for residents to express their concerns about matters affecting Purbrook and Widley Area.


I would like to thank all of those residents who found the time (27th November) to join us at Deverell Hall for the PAWARA AGM. 

The guest speaker for the evening was Mr Andrew Negus.  His first (of a three part) presentation on the history of Portsmouth entitled 'Harlots, Dung & Glory' was thoroughly educational, interesting and funny.  It was very well received and there was unanimous agreement from those present, that Andrew be invited to deliver parts two and three in 2015… watch this space!  Andrew did not accept any payment for his presentation; instead accepted a cheque from PAWARA made payable to 'The Rowans Hospice'. 

Mike Saunders (Newsletter distribution), Terry Smith (Environment Group) and Gina Doggett (member without portfolio) stood down from the Committee.  Malcolm Jordan (who will assume responsibility for Newsletter Distribution) and Diane Lloyd (without portfolio) were voted onto the Committee.  The future of the Environment Group continues to remain in doubt. Unless a new leader comes forward, the Environment Group will stand down after its final work party on 15th January 2015 (hedge laying at Woodsedge pond)

Jacky Wilson (Winchester City Council) gave an update on the MDA, which generated much discussion.  It was agreed that there was a need to find a way to sort the truth from the various rumours that surround the MDA.  If you have heard a rumour… send it to and we will seek to find out the 'ground truth' and will publish it on our web-site:

Finally, I and the committee would like to thank all those individuals who have given donations to PAWARA, either on the night at Deverell Hall or by bank transfer/cheque - they are gratefully received. 

I wish you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas and I wish us all a healthy, successful and memorable 2015. 

Gary Hughes

MDA - Is there TRUTH in the RUMOUR?
(or, Chinese Whispers)

RUMOUR 1 (5th December 2014)  - Because of flooding, work on the MDA is ceasing in a few weeks time and not restarting until April.   Ground Truth:  The three construction sites will be shutting down for the Christmas period.  However, all three sites have been contacted by Jacky Wilson (MDA Implementation Officer, Winchester City Council) and have confirmed that they are not experiencing any problems with flooding that is preventing them from undertaking their work.


Jacky Wilson - Blog
MDA Implementation Officer, Winchester City Council, Colebrook Street
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