Every year Alison Irish and her team at Hi-Lites Hair and beauty in Southsea, have a fun day to raise money for a different charity. This year the team decided to raise money for The Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Chichester. A voluntary organisation that has been treating and rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned wildlife for 48 years, treating approx. 3,500 patients each year.

With reduced priced haircuts in the street, with face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Tombola, Raffle, snakes ”n” cakes, disco and live music, and unexpected visit from PRINCESS the Unicorn, creating a wonderfully fun experience for all. Thanks to https://www.facebook.com/princesstheunicorn/

Added by the presence of Portsmouth Lord Mayor David Fuller Lady Mayoress Leza Tremorin who immersed them selves into the event particularly the meat and greet with the reptiles.

Portsmouth Fruit & Flower and Winnie’s of Milton Market are the only independent retailers that regularly donate food on a Tuesday and Thursday towards that evening’s meal at John Pounds and Kings Church.

On Tuesday 30th April, the staff of Portsmouth Fruit & Flower took over the kitchen at John Pounds and together created a fabulous three course meal. Food Cycle provides vegetarian meals only and the volunteer chefs have to devise the three courses from what has been collected from retailers on the day. We were lucky to have a lot of vegetables to choose from, plus fruit, bread and cakes.

As a team we chopped, sliced , cooked, served, washed up and socialised with the evenings guests who all tucked into and enjoyed, huge pans of

Carrot and coriander soup for starters

Vegetable curry and potato wedges for main course

Fruit salad and cakes for dessert

Washed down with a cup of tea.  


Food Cycle cook and serve community meals across the UK.

There are millions of people going hungry, thousands more who are lonely and isolated and tonnes of food going to waste.

Food Cycle Portsmouth collect food from retailers that would otherwise be thrown away and with the help of lovely volunteers, cook it up into a tasty, healthy three course meal for those most in need in our city.

Food Cycle Portsmouth serve hot meals from the John Pounds Centre in Old Portsmouth every Tuesday at 7pm and Kings Church on Somers Road every Thursday evening at 6pm.

Food Cycle Portsmouth is a warm, welcoming space for people in the local community to join us for free tasty meals and is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy.

If you like what Food Cycle does and would like to make a difference in Portsmouth, there are a number of ways you can get involved. Join our volunteer team to collect surplus food from retailers, cook and get creative in the kitchen or host and give the guests the best experience.

Please register your interest on foodcycle.org.uk


For the past 4 years we have enjoyed pumpkin carving at the back of the fruit shop, a disco on the street arranged by Hilites Hair Studio with a face painter, puppet man, choirs and dancers.  The Rainbow charity shop staff decorate the windows in Halloween style and dress to kill with surprises in the changing room! Arthur Smith-Weston at Phix-Pix designed and created the poster publishing it for free.  Photos with Bella, Arthur’s dog in Halloween costume are offered to visitors outside their quirky window display.  Biscuit decorating at Winnies Bakery, special menus at Café Beano, all require time from the shops to plan their efforts to buy in what is needed – hoping of course – for good weather on the day.  Pound Wise clear their entrance for Izzy Wizzy Witch balloon modeller and the staff take on horrific faces to complete the picture.

The glue that holds the attention of the crowds and keeps them focussed on what our row of shops can offer is of course , the Quiz which Sue prepares.  The prize of a hamper of goodies and vouchers donated by all the  aforementioned shops plus Grande Wines, Co-op, Deep Blue Fish & Chips,  Daisy O’Neil, Green Rose Beauty,  Scissors,   Rowlands, is a great attraction and well worth the effort.  Even if you don’t win it, you have visited all your local shops in a unique part of Portsmouth where local people are providing a service that local people want and need.  Long may you continue to thrive and prosper and support us in Milton.

At the Annual Mayor Making Ceremony, Alison Irish of Hi-Lites Hair gains the Portsmouth Civic Award for charity fund-raising

Food Cycle Portsmouth Hi-Lites Funday 2019

It was good to see where our regular donations go.

We had a great time and plan to take over their kitchen again.

As a team we chopped, sliced , cooked, served, washed up and socialised with the evenings guests who all tucked into and enjoyed, huge pans of Carrot and coriander soup for starters Vegetable curry and potato wedges for main course Fruit salad and cakes for dessert  Washed down with a cup of tea.  

The event is organised every year by the Milton Neighbourhood Forum Committee who give their time up to help ensure that local people have their say on matters that effect them and to put together community events like the picnic. This year’s event included , bouncy castles, face painting, lucky dip, tombola, Punch and Judy, beat the goalie, coconut shy, Dog show and much more.

360 Photography by Phix-Pix  

Picnic on the green
Halloween fun day at Milton Market
Hi-lites had their Quiz Night  in support of Brent Lodge at the Royal Beach Hotel  the winning team comprised of  (From left to right front) Mike, Jackie, Nickie and Romayne & Rob at the back.

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