The Portsmouth Hispanic Society offers presentations and discussions on a wide and eclectic range of Hispanic topics.
Something of interest to anyone interested in all aspects of Hispanic culture and life. We welcome visitors to any of our meetings.
The Aims of the Society
- To further the understanding of all aspects of Hispanic culture and life
- To provide a meeting point for those interested in the Hispanic world
- To provide inexpensive tuition in the Spanish language at a range of levels
The main activities of the Society are Spanish language classes and the Monthly Meetings. The meetings are a social evening, with tapas,
accompanied a presentations or demonstration followed by discussions.
One or two external social events are also held during the year.
Our Monthly Meetings are open to anyone aged 18 or over and are conducted in English. Some Spanish may be spoken but will be translated.
Non-members are very welcome to attend any meeting. A small charge of £2.00 will be levied.
With the removal of Covid restrictions the society is returning to holding their monthly meeting at the Fratton Community Centre. Both Fratton Community Centre and the society will require members to be aware of, and follow, various rules, procedures and protocols, which are explained below:
Fratton Community Centre require masks to be worn in the communal areas – lobby, stairs, etc and appropriate distancing to be maintained in these areas. They will provide hand sanitiser.
Masks need not be worn in our meeting room, though sensible distancing should be observed. No doubt members will all want to be assured that those attending have had their two vaccinations. Sensible precautions mean that the tapas will be less extensive than in the past, but we will continue to offer a glass of wine or a soft drink, at least as long as bottles are donated!
Where we meetMeetings are held at the Fratton Community Centre
Off Clive Rd, Portsmouth
at 7.00pm usually on the first Thursday of the month.
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There is limited free parking. The Centre is twelve minutes walk from Fratton Railway station.
A number 18 bus stops at St Mary's Church, 2 mins walk away.
Society ActivitiesThe main activities of the Society are Spanish language classes and the Monthly Meetings. The meetings include talks or demonstrations followed by discussions, and a social evening with tapas available. One or two social events are also held during the year.
Monthly Meetings are open to anyone aged 18 or over and are conducted in English, though some Spanish may be spoken, and is translated.
Non-members are very welcome and pay £2.00 to attend any meeting
MembershipThe annual subscription for 2021/22 remains at £12.00.
Full-time students - half-price on production of a student card.
The membership year runs from September to August
You may join by using our ONLINE FORM
Society News & Items of Interest
Society member Anna Seevaratnam has written a poem about her feelings whilst learning Spanish. Anna recited the poem at this year's Christmas party and members have requested that the poem was made available to them.
Click on the links below to view the poem.
During the recent presentation on Argentina author Jeanine Brownrigg introduced her recently published book Pioneering Spirit, An Anglo-Argentine Story of My Ancestors, My Mother and Me.
Alejandro Talaminos contacted the society to introduce his book Learn Spanish with Don Quijote, which undertakes a very different approach to learning the language.
Dash Arts, a charity partially funded by Arts Council England, has released a fascinating podcast about El Pacto del Olvido – Spain's 'pact of forgetting' the thousands of crimes suffered under Franco's dictatorship. The podcast's host speaks to filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar about their documentary The Silence of Others, which reveals the struggle of Franco's victims as they seek justice.