Alverstoke Art Trail set to raise money for GAFIRS:

  • fun walking map for Gosport residents
  • half-term covid-inspired event
  • buy a map to find over 50 marine-themed windows 

The Alverstoke community is getting behind GAFIRS (Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service) this Spring half term with a fund-raising event inspired by COVID-19.

Gosport residents looking to liven up their daily walk can buy a map with directions to over 50 houses in the pretty village – all of which will be decorating a window (or two) with a marine theme.

For only £7.50 (per household ticket) people can explore the village while checking out all the amazing windows, finding mermaids, monsters and more.

“It’s going to be lots of fun and something a bit different to do during lockdown,” says the organiser, Hebe Compton. “There will be a real variety of windows to find and you’ll see some amazing artwork.

“People can explore the trail in their household bubble and won’t need to interact with anyone else, so it’ll be as Covid-secure as we can make it.”

The Alverstoke Art Trail is currently restricted to people who live in Gosport and Lee, following government guidelines to stay local.

When you pre-order your map (which will be emailed to you at least 24 hours in advance) you’ll also need to book a time slot (to help keep an eye on numbers).

The themed windows will be on display wed 17- sun 21 Feb (which would be half-term). Maps are £7.50 per household, from

Find out more on facebook – @AlverstokeProjects

More about GAFIRS

GAFIRS is a busy independent lifeboat service founded in 1969 and based at Stokes Bay, Gosport. It operates two lifeboats and its unpaid volunteer members provide an emergency search and rescue capability for HM Coastguard covering Portsmouth Harbour and the eastern Solent. On average GAFIRS responds to over 100 incidents a year ranging from simple breakdowns to life-at-risk emergencies.

GAFIRS also provides free sea-safety education talks to local schools, youth and community groups and, through its cadet scheme, trains young people in lifesaving skills.

In addition to its work for HM Coastguard, GAFIRS used its Land Rover and volunteer drivers to make 574 deliveries of food and medicine to local vulnerable people on behalf of Gosport Borough Council, as part of Covid-19 community work.

Normally GAFIRS hosts a New Year’s day swim – this hugely popular event was cancelled due to Covid-19. It’s a huge fundraiser for the organisation, so we’re hoping that the Alverstoke Art Trail can help towards a better start for 2021.

28th January 2021
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