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Animal Agents head to libraries for Summer Reading Challenge


This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about Animal Agents, and four to eleven-year-olds can join in at their local library, while 13-24s can volunteer to support the scheme.

 
'Backroom' moves to former butcher’s

garsons butcher empty 2015The Triangle shop that was previously Moor’s Family Butchers will be reopening as a bric-a-brac and secondhand outlet from next month.

 
Do you want to help make automated driving safer for the future?

car wing mirror unsplash clay-banks-177166The University of Southampton is looking for men and women aged 18-82 to take part in a study looking at the future of automated cars.

 
River survey deadline looms

itchen weirsPark and river users have a final chance to take part in an initial consultation about possible changes to the River Itchen at Riverside Park.

 

 
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Beauty business leaving Triangle premises

colours of beauty leave triangleColours of Beauty is moving from its current Bitterne Park Triangle premises after some six years.

 
Promoted: New yoga classes in Bitterne

Michelle Higgins200circlePROMOTED I'm Michelle Higgins, a yoga teacher based in Southampton, and I teach a series of weekly classes and occasional workshops in various venues around the city. 

 
Time running out to renew tax credit claims

renew tax credits under CC2 by HMRC smallerWith the tax credit renewal deadline on July 31 looming, the government’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) department is urging claimants to renew now or risk having payments stopped.

 
Free family event at Frog’s Copse

frogs copse summerEnjoy arts, bug hunting and a nature trail at a free family event organised by SO18 Big Local at Frog’s Copse in Townhill Park on Friday, July 28 from 10am-12pm.

 
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Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

 
Whitworth man jailed after car chase

police sign jacket abstractHampshire Constabulary report that a man from Whitworth Crescent has been jailed after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, and driving while over the drink-drive limit, as well as for breaching a restraining order. The police account is here.

 
Beechwood students commended for citizenship course

Mayor of Southampton Councillor Les Harris 460More than 59 Year 6 students at Beechwood Junior School will be commended by the Mayor and the Hampshire Police Chief Inspector for their participation in a newly designed citizenship course.

 
Can you share memories of Bitterne Park in the 40s?

bitterne park primary junior schoolPat Millard – then Pat Steele –who lived in Oak Tree Road in the 40s, writes to see if anyone has more information about being a pupil at the local school during that period.

 
Charlie Dimmock unveils memorial to man who lit up Townhill Park

Charlie Dimmock celebrates monument in Townhill Park SouthamptonGardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock has unveiled a memorial to commemorate Ivan Nicholls, who was perhaps better known as Father Christmas in Townhill Park – and way beyond.

 
Blitz on motorists using mobiles behind the wheel

texting while driving under cc2 by Intel Free PressPolice have announced a further crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel. 

 
MUGA taking shape at Riverside Park

muga gioUpdated Here's Gio. He's one of the team which is constructing the new Multi Use Games Area, or MUGA, at Riverside near the skating area, which will provide a hard playing surface and fencing, with line markings for various sports.

 
Triangle butcher’s shuts after only few months

garsons butcher empty 2015Moor’s Family Butchers at Bitterne Park Triangle has closed just months after launching.

 
Council publishes ten-year cycling strategy

bikes under CC2 by Patrick GoossensFollowing a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.

 
Free summer season of art and events in Southampton’s Guildhall Square

Markus Bergstrom - PavilionFrom mid-July through to the end of the summer holidays in early September, Guildhall Square will be the place for a series of free family music events, performances and activities.

 
Townhill regeneration: Council to launch housing consultations

meggeson avenue hoarding2Southampton City Council is to launch public consultations on changes to housing policies affecting tenants and leaseholders in council properties in Townhill Park.

 
Five free autism support and information workshops across Southampton

autism workshopsAutism Hampshire is offering five free Austism Support and Information workshops across Southampton from July, for families of children and young people with autism.

 
Veg Shed takes break over summer, but box deliveries continue

veg shed lower res 460The Veg Shed takes a summer break during July and August, so it’s also your last chance to pick up a Bitterne Parker T-shirt over the next couple of weeks – unless you’re also a Bitterne Box Company customer.

 
Triangle bus stop moves until 'end of August 2018'

bus shelter missingThe bus stop at Bitterne Park Triangle for routes heading towards Portswood (First 7, Unilink U9) has been closed "due to building work taking place adjacent to the stop". A temporary bus stop is in place, it's thought until "the end of August 2018" by the Bitterne Park Hotel.
Previously: Could be long wait for bus shelter

 
Southampton Itchen now ‘top target seat for Labour’

southampton itchen map wikimediaThe general election result in Southampton Itchen, which saw Conservative Royston Smith win by a majority of just 31 votes, means the constituency is now first in Labour’s list of ‘top ten target seats’, according to a Guardian report.
Smith clings on to Southampton Itchen - by 31 votes!

 
Library statue gets spruce-up

sculptureThe celebrated ‘Art within Reach’ statue at Cobbett Road Library benefited from a clean and polish on June 8 – for the first time since it was officially unveiled in 1991.

 
Consultation offers chance to give your river views

general panorama reduced
Public input is being invited over “challenges” resulting from a sluice gate near Woodmill nearing “the end of its economic life” – with possible solutions involving the creation of a white water canoe course at Woodmill or weirs near the pitch and putt course.

 
Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition

lion cup 2017Bitterne Local History Society is inviting entries to its Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition.

 
Find out if timebanks are for you…

timebank logoMembers of timebanks help each other by trading skills, and have found a way to socialise at the same time. You can find out more about how timebanks work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker.

 
Audio: Our day at Riverfest

riverfest crowdIn this half hour audio, we take a tour of Riverfest, and chat to lots of people about the day.

 
Sun sets on first Riverfest

riverfest sun goes downThere was dancing to Midi Moths as the sun went down over the river by the High Tide Stage on Saturday (May 27) at Riverfest.
• Listen: Our day at Riverfest

 
Riverfest flag: can you spot the Southampton landmarks?

riverfest flag artworkUPDATED WITH LIST OF LANDMARKS You may have seen our social media posts showing the specially commissioned Riverfest flag which is flying in Riverside Park over the weekend, but can you find all the Southampton landmarks it depicts?

 
Triangle charity shop has closed for good

barnardosBarnardos has confirmed that their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop won’t reopen.

 
Digital skills and promotion workshops

wordcloud 200pxWould you like to improve your digital skills, raise your profile and grow your online presence?

 
‘Love the Triangle’ - update

triangle pixelated 460Following the February report about a group which met to share ideas about improving Bitterne Park Triangle with money from the McCarthy & Stone Development, Liz Batten has sent this update.

 
Promoted: Community development gardener required

trowel pixabayPROMOTEDCould you support and encourage groups of local residents to meet together to plant and nurture small growing spaces in the Townhill Park and Harefield areas of Southampton?

 
Like high summer at Riverside on Sunday

steam train3It was almost like high summer at Riverside Park on Sunday, as the sun shone, the steam trains chuffed around their track, dogs swam and ice creams were consumed. Lovely!

 
Building a new Bitterne Park school

christopher whitbreadHow do you move a school of 1500 students into a completely new building? bitternepark.info spoke to Christopher Whitbread, a man with several plans, to find out.

 
Riverside Park dumped food mystery

nick nicolaou with letterFollowing our report about food being dumped near Cobden Bridge in Riverside Park, both Triangle fish and chip shops have stressed it’s nothing to do with them, although both say they've been accused by members of the public.

 
Bins to go alternate weeks

bin man and cartBin collections are moving to alternate weeks starting from June 5, helping the council “reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets".

 
Greens announce Itchen general election candidate

Rosie Pearce 200pxThe Green Party has announced that Rosie Pearce will be their candidate to contest the Southampton Itchen constituency, which includes Bitterne Park, at the general election on June 8.

 
Good turnout for Bitterne anniversary litter pick

bitterne litter team anniversaryBitterne Litter Team saw a good turnout for their first anniversary litter pick on Sunday (April 30).

 
Leader of council Simon Letts contesting Itchen at general election

vote labourUpdated: Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council and councillor for Bitterne ward, has said he's been selected to contest the Itchen constituency for Labour.

 
Video: Behind-the-scenes look at Southampton's food banks

dave osborne city mission video stillWith news this week that food banks are reporting “record demand amid universal credit chaos”, we thought we’d better finally publish our behind-the-scenes look at Southampton food banks, filmed in 2016. Read more and scroll down to watch.

 
Riverfest needs you!

riverfest needs youCan you spare a couple of hours on May 27? Why not join the stewards team and help make the local community festival a safe and happy day? Click the graphic to contact the organisers. 

 
Carnival feel in Triangle as ukes lead marathon cheers

marathon ukes
There was a carnival atmosphere in Bitterne Park Triangle on Sunday as roads were shut and crowds turned out in the sunshine to cheer marathon runners. The soundtrack was a marathon fundraising set from Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had pledged to play for 4 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds – the average time to run the London Marathon. Read more for further pics.

 
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