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Winchester’s Hat Fair: ‘free access to arts and culture for everybody’

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Acrobats manoAmano from Argentina - shows each day

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Urban Astronaut ‘space-walking’ 20 feet in the air, a roaming Grassman wearing a suit grown entirely from real grass, and the UK première of a “thrilling, energetic” French dance performance by Collectif A/R outside the Great Hall: these are just some of the highlights at Winchester’s Hat Fair this weekend (July 1-3).

 
Airport workers hold strike ballot

departure board smallerA trade union says summer holiday flights from Southampton could be disrupted if firefighters vote to take strike action over pension change proposals.

 
Churches run first community prayer day at Triangle

community prayer day posterPeople are invited to pop in for a few minutes, or stay and rest for a while, at Bitterne Park churches’ first joint community prayer day at The Old Chemist on Saturday (July 2).

 
Bitterne Parker: Priya Tew

Priya Tew 200"Dream big and give it a go: what's the worst that can happen?" So says this week's Bitterne Parker, Priya Tew.

 
Want to be a part of a Southampton community brewing project?

butchers brew club groupsLocal home brewers who meet at The Butcher’s Hook have revealed plans to set up a community brewery in Southampton, and have launched a short survey to gauge interest in the idea.

 
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PROMOTEDsolutions logoSolutions Southampton charge by the hour for personal assistance with care, catering, computer skills, design, marketing and photography.

 
Summer holiday closures at The Veg Shed

veg at veg shedThe Veg Shed has announced some summer holiday closures over the next few months.

 
Audio: Catch up with Southampton’s cultural conversation

What music means 460If you didn’t make it to the Culture City Fringe Event on June 9, there’s the chance to catch up with the speakers and the cultural conversation by following this link, where you’ll find a handy audio recording of the evening’s proceedings. Speakers include race and diversity pioneer Don John and collaborative artist Sarah Filmer.
Culture conversations continue in Southampton
Image: Mike

 
The Gruffalo's Child comes to Southampton

GruffaloschildFollowing hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and West End success, Tall Stories’ sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child, is coming to Nuffield Theatre Southampton.

 
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New team for Portswood bookshop

Independent bookshop October Books says a new team has formed to take it forward following an appeal earlier in the year for people to take over.

 
Green space used as dumping ground

frogs copse rubbish3 so18biglocalWhat do a mattress, a shopping trolley, a bicycle, a hose reel, a tent, a traffic cone and a glass window all have in common?

 
Scout group requests raffle donations to fund Switzerland trip

The 8th Itchen North scout group, which meets at the Church of the Ascension in Bitterne Park, is asking local businesses if they can contribute raffle prizes to help raise funds for a trip to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland in 2017.

 
More eggs in black swan nest

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Here's a new black swan family shot from the riverside by Stephanie Knight, which shows the two remaining cygnets from earlier this year doing fine, as well as new eggs in the nest. Stephanie says they're due to hatch later this month. It's thought the other cygnets didn't make it - our previous piece on this is here.

 
Ta-da! And now we have a community library!

cobbett hub launch Cobbett Road Library has reopened in its new guise as ‘Cobbett Hub and Library’, and with revised opening hours.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd (and now open Mondays), offers an impressive range of up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

 
Do you remember White's newsagent?

st catherine rdRoger Oram writes from Oxford to say that he's looking for information about his grandmother who owned White's newsagent, which he says used to be at 27 St Catherines Road.

 
Sandro: book of remembrance, and funeral

sandro croppedA book of remembrance has been organised for people to sign and share memories following the tragic death of Sandro, the much-loved former proprietor of Il Picchio café at the Triangle. His funeral takes place on Friday (May 27).

 
Cleaning up at Frog's Copse

frogs copse signCommunity group SO18 Big Local is organising a morning clear up at local green space Frog's Copse, which will be followed by a 'seasonal walk' to assess future areas of action.

 
Bake for Breakout to celebrate LGBT Pride month

Pride Bakes1 - 30 June 2016 200pxBreakout Youth is inviting budding bakers to get out their cake tins and get icing to raise funds to support the Hampshire charity's work with young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or who are questioning their sexuality or gender.

 
Men make off with Bitterne bank cash

police car signPolice are appealing for witnesses after £14,000 was stolen from a cash-in-transit driver in Bitterne.

 
Canoe club races on Itchen

canoe race riverside3 by sandra revellOur stretch of the Itchen was awash with canoeists on Sunday (May 22) as Southampton Canoe Club held their Hasler Marathon over four, eight and 12-mile courses passing Riverside Park.

 
Second micropub for Portswood?

tramstop bar portswood roadPlans are reportedly afoot to convert the former Portswood Road Surgery, opposite Trago Lounge, into another micropub, according to Hop Press magazine.

 
Conservative Ivan White holds Bitterne Park seat

Labour retains control of Southampton City Council

Ivan White 200px Ivan White has held on to his Bitterne Park ward council seat for the Conservatives, beating Labour's  Stephen Fenerty by 175 votes. But Labour has retained control of Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5.

 
Portswood bank to slash opening hours

Portswood's last of the 'big four' banks, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25. More on portswood.info.

 
Allotment association offers chance to buy plants at discount

Witts Hill AllotmentsSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) holds annual plant sales during May, offering the chance to buy young plants and seedlings for your garden or plot at discount prices.

 
Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit

smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.

 
Doctors strike in Southampton

nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).

 
Riverside geese flying proud following refurbishment

sarah in tree with-geese3cropped Ben QuextalThe shiny geese of Riverside Park have been refurbished and are now flying proud again following a crowd funding campaign which beat its £700 target in just 24 hours.
Pic: Artist Sarah Filmer working on her geese installation. Photo: Ben Quextal

 
Crowds cheer runners through Bitterne Park

runner ukes1Crowds were out in force on Sunday morning to cheer half marathon runners through Bitterne Park Triangle and Riverside Park, where Southampton Ukulele Jam, pictured, offered encouragement near Woodmill. Click through for more pics.

 
Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Police have now issued a second 'E-fit' image following an assault in Riverside Park earlier in the month that left a 12-year-old with serious injuries.

 
Clean Air Zone launched – but does it go far enough?

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxThe Labour-led council has announced a voluntary 'Clean Air Zone' to cover the whole of Southampton before a compulsory zone is required by 2020, but new pressure group Clean Air Southampton has said the measures don't go far enough.

 
Nominate your favourite green space for award

Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.

 
Police issue E-fit after serious assault at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice have issued an 'Efit' image following the assault in Riverside Park on Thursday, April 7 that left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries. Click here to view and for police contact details, and to read our previous report on this incident click here.
• Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

 
Call for traffic management survey of St Denys

priory rd 20 zoneFollowing a March meeting in St Denys organised by the Green Party about traffic issues, a petition's now been launched calling on Southampton council to “urgently initiate a full traffic management survey” of the area.

 
Weaverbird Workshops aim to get people inspired by crafts

logoWeaverbird Workshops, starting in May at St Mary's College on Midanbury Lane, aim to create a social group that gets local people involved in and inspired by crafts, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.

 
Proposal to cut opening times at waste & recycling centres

container-688939 640 200pxpixabaySouthampton City Council is consulting over a proposal to cut the number of opening hours, or days, at its recycling centre.

 
Video: Pollution in Southampton - 'We really must now act'

cleanairvidscreenshot200pxSpeaking at the launch of Clean Air Southampton , co-founder Colin MacQueen said a special 'Smogmobile' vehicle had been monitoring air quality during the rush hour, and average readings were roughly 50% above safe limits. Read more to watch our video report.

 
Copsewood Road fixed

copsewood carriageway collapseCopsewood Road re-opened on Wednesday (April 13), having been closed following a “carriageway collapse” over Easter weekend.

 
Now only two black cygnets by Riverside Park

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It's thought that only two of this year's new black swan cygnets have so far survived. Here's what we think happened to the other three.

Thanks to @noiseyBurd for the pic

 
Police appeal after 12-year-old seriously assaulted at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice are appealing for witnesses after what's described as a serious assault on a 12-year-old boy at Riverside Park on Thursday (April 7).

 
'Litter getting worse' at Riverside - groundsman

litter riverside darren vincent 075710reducedIt's not all sunsets and cygnets in Bitterne Park: this is one of several photos taken near the skate park after the weekend (April 4) by Darren Vincent , the groundsman at Riverside Park, whose experience is that the "litter is getting worse".

 
Cream tea celebration for Cobbett Library staff past & present

cobbettcreamteaSaturday afternoon (April 2) saw a packed Cobbett Road Library community room, as library staff past and present, as well as library friends, enjoyed a cream tea and were thanked for their contributions to the institution over the years.

 

 
Bridge incident causes traffic chaos!

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BREAKING!!!traffic chaosLIVE!!!


The Incident Team have now lifted a rush hour embargo, and we're able to bring you this video report on chaotic scenes earlier on Cobden Bridge, during an apparent incident just after 8am on Friday.

 
Footpath diversion delayed

riverside park footpath behind schoolA scheme to divert the footpath behind Bitterne Park Primary School, so part of Riverside Park can be enclosed mainly for the school's use, has hit a delay because plans have been rejected by the government's Planning Inspectorate.

 
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