The MP for Southampton Itchen, Royston Smith (Con), is running what he describes as a “local referendum” on his website, asking whether respondents are in favour of the creation of new grammar schools in Southampton.
Updated: Reports of a controversy over a “challenging” poster, that appears to suggest unprepared students could end up alone, depressed or worse, but which it’s claimed is intended to spark discussion and debate, have made it into the national press.
The popular Christmas in the Triangle event, which aims to bring together traders, churches and the community with a range of festive attractions for all ages, returns to Bitterne Park on Saturday, December 17.
Friends of Cobbett Road Library report that their Christmas Fayre on Saturday (Nov 26) was a throughly successful and enjoyable day, with more children than ever before visiting Santa, and lots of new faces through the door, for both the Fayre, and also for the performances of ‘Our Neck of the Woods’ which followed.
Fed up with the same old ‘clone town’ high street shops? Never fear, there’s a wealth of local independent businesses around the city. Using them puts your cash back into the local economy, and you can often enjoy personal service from members of your own community. From making it yourself, to food, drink and gifts, Clare Diaper takes a look at the best of Southampton's indies this festive season.
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BBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group. • Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light
An alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures reveal that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.
The Liver and Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity based from Southampton General Hospital are teaming up with Southampton City Council and Live Nation this November to turn the Civic Centre and Guildhall purple as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month.
Midanbury Post Office reopened as planned on November 1 following a revamp, although it looks as if stock is still being arranged inside. The cash machine is now running again, and the branch will be offereing slightly longer opening hours and some extra services. See our previous story for details of new hours.
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Advertising 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.
Following on from our previous story, 'Will trees get the chop?', about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, an arboricultural consultant who works for the company which recently removed a large poplar tree and pollarded another on the road wrote in to explain what's been happening.
Update: The Bitterne Park Hotel said on its Facebook page that it closed on Friday night (Oct 28). The Bitterne Park Hotel could be closing again as soon as Monday (October 31), having only reopened under new management in August.
Every night there are around 83,000 young people in the UK with no safe space to go to sleep, according to city homelessness charity Society of St James (SSJ), which is inviting people to get involved with this year’s End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out fundraiser on November 11.
Southampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive. • Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5 • Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running
Southampton City Council says plans for a Solent Combined Authority took a big step forward on October 19 as it became the second local authority to agree to formalise an application to government for a devolution deal for the Solent region.
Local children will be supported to get reading, get messy and get moving after funds were awarded to various projects aimed at improving outcomes for children in the SO18 Big Local area, which covers parts of Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park.
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Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had set a deadline of November 14 to meet their £2,000 target to crowdfund a documentary, walked it to their total in only 36 hours – and now say they want to “go large” and raise even more funds.
Kevin Atherton, creator of the well-known 'Art within Reach' statue at Cobbett Hub & Library – pictured left – was just one of many celebrating the bronze statue's 25th anniversary on Saturday (Oct 15). Click through to hear Kevin chatting about the work, and for more pictures from the day - as well as a short video of the statue's 're-unveiling', and another video made in 1990 when it was first seen.
Southampton City Council have said on their "Play" Facebook page that there's been a third attack on the tunnel that links the two play units at the 'Dragon Park', and called for extra vigilance as we approach Halloween and Bonfire night.