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Video: Black swans come ashore; one worse for wear

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Click through to see the black swans filmed by the Itchen at the Pettinger Gardens park. Unfortunately one seems to have suffered some damage: it can still walk and swim but probably not fly, we're told. Thanks to Catherine Wright for this video.

Help save Southampton Scrapstore!

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Southampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals for their art and crafts projects, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive the next 25 years.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5

Cultural programme at God's House Tower

gods house tower 200 px under CC2 by Alexander P KappGod’s House Tower, one of "Southampton's historic treasures" (SO14 2NY), has reopened until October 30 ahead of refurbshment work, as part of Southampton's first fringe festival, with a programme of exhibitions and events – including a takeover by #700 women on Saturday – one for each year the building has stood.

13-year-old robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way

townhill way signA 13-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way, close to Moorlands Community Centre.

Classic, eccentric tale for families at Nuffield Theatre this half term

emperors new clothes nuffieldGet ready to meet an eccentric emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But despite a wardrobe the size of Paris, he hasn’t got a stitch to wear for his birthday!

Cyclists urged to tighten security after spate of bike thefts

bikes by riverside treePolice say they recorded 54 cycle thefts between September 12 and October 12 around Southampton, and are urging cyclists to secure their bikes using D-locks.
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Solent devolution: Southampton approves combined authority plans

civic centreSouthampton 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.

Funding boost for local kids' projects
SO18 big local logo smallLocal 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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Share stories about your neck of the woods for new theatre performance

unexpected places logo smallDo you live in Southampton? Do you enjoy talking to people? Would you like to be involved in a new theatre show? Theatre company Unexpected Places would like to invite you to join a free workshop to talk about you, the place you live, and to hear your stories, as they create a new performance called Our Neck of the Woods.

Southampton Ukes smash crowdfunding target in just 36 hours

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.

Audio / Video: Sculptor revisits his work at Cobbett Library - 25 years on

kevin atherton with statueKevin 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.

Third arson attack at Riverside 'dragon' park

dragonSouthampton 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.

Will trees get the chop?

whitworth crescent sign 460We understand there are concerns about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, and that other trees could face the chop in Bitterne Precinct.

Midanbury Post Office to close for revamp

midanbury post officeMidanbury Post Office is to close for a fortnight, from Tuesday, October 18 until Tuesday, November 1, for refurbishment work.

Share your River Itchen stories for theatre show

Catherine Wright and Anna Carr 200pxWhen did you steal a kiss by the river? What was it like on the river in wartime? And what’s the oddest thing you ever lost or found in the river? A local theatre company duo are calling out to local people to share their stories and memories featuring the River Itchen, to weave into a show to be performed next year.

Talking to Dot Winteridge: Being the model for famous ‘Art within Reach’ statue

Dot (2)As celebrations are planned for Saturday, October 15 to mark the 25th anniversary of Cobbett Road’s famous statue ‘Art within Reach’, Doreen Le Huquet talks to Dorothy Winteridge, one of the first users of Cobbett Road Library from its opening in May 1939, and the model for the statue.
Big celebration as library statue celebrates 25th birthday!

Church now running community centre; ‘will secure it for 25 years’

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UPDATED: A church has finally taken over the running of a local community centre over a year after the asset transfer was approved by the council, and says the building has now been secured for the community for at least 25 years.

Pride of Place Project asks: ‘What does Southampton mean to you?’

caravan galleryThe Southampton Pride of Place Project is coming, with residents being encouraged to help create exhibitions about our city through a photo competition, and evolving display in East Street.

Bitterne Parker: Heather Aspinall

Heather Aspinall 200Heather Aspinall will be retiring as CEO of the Rose Road Association in 2017 after 22 years, and is looking forward to future adventures. She's lived in Bitterne Park since 2005, and it was her patch when she was a social worker in the 70s and 80s.

Budding young actors wanted for Nuffield Theatre’s new season

Nuffield Youth Theatre (NYT) is looking for new members to take part in auditions for a new 2017 season at Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.

Seal puts on 'spectacular show' at Woodmill

seal 3Thanks to Martin Glennie for letting us know about what he describes as a “spectacular show” on Tuesday evening at Woodmill, as a seal – possibly Sammy [see previous] – grappled with a large salmon.

Head praises Bitterne Park School community following lockdown

bitterne park secondary schoolBitterne Park School headteacher Susan Trigger has praised the “mature and orderly response” from everyone in the school during Monday’s emergency lockdown (Sept 19), called because trespassers were on the school site.
Emergency lockdown at Bitterne Park School on Monday lunchtime

Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

rideridebreakin1Owners of stolen bikes urged to register them at
With more reports of bike thefts around Bitterne Park coming in, a concrete block was apparently used on Monday evening or the early hours of Tuesday (Sept 19/20) to try to gain access to Triangle cycle shop rideride.

Bitterne Parker: Vikki Gough

vikki close upNature loving sometime singer Vikki Gough has fond memories of growing up in the 70s with a houseful of mainly older brothers, loud music, and with an orgone accumulator in the conservatory.

Date for Riverside footpath public inquiry revealed

riverside park behind schoolThe date for the public local inquiry to consider notice of an order to close and divert the footpath behind Bitterne Park Primary School has been revealed.

Bitterne Park bikes stolen

bikes by riverside treeUPDATED - bikes also taken from Dimond Road If you’re a cyclist it could be time to tighten up on the security of your bike following two recent thefts we've heard about in the Bitterne Park area.
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Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

Arts festival hailed success as plans floated for bigger 2017 event

art of heritage 2016Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.

Southampton MP calls for urgency in tackling ‘air quality health crisis’

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxIn the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.

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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 up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

Duck race draws bank holiday crowds

duck race draws crowds 2016The annual duck race from Mansbridge to Woodmill drew a large crowd in fine weather on Monday (Aug 29).

Bitterne Park’s penny-farthing man

pennyfarthimgMeet Mark Metcalfe, the Bitterne Park man you may have seen riding a penny-farthing by the river.

Do you know mystery man who rescued Nero from river?

rebecca with nero croppedA mystery man, so far known only as Dave, jumped into the River Itchen on Saturday and rescued Rebecca Hutton’s black spaniel, Nero – and now Rebecca would like to track down Dave to thank him properly.

Pics: New Bitterne Park School: 'Work progressing well'

kier1 200xConstruction contractors Kier report that work has been progressing well on the new Bitterne Park School, which is being completely rebuilt.

Riverside gathering remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

from above credit saul and samAround 50 people spanning the generations gathered in Riverside Park near Cobden Bridge on Sunday evening (August 7) to light candles and remember the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were addressed by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Cathie McEwing, and Vice President of CND Rebecca Johnson. Pic: Saul & Sam

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Junction Inn will be Southampton’s third ‘community asset’ pub

The Junction Inn, SouthamptonThe Junction Inn in St Denys will be only the third pub in Southampton to be registered as an asset of community value, giving the community an option to bid should it ever go onto the market, and making it harder to change the use of the building.

Portswood Police Station reopens to public

Portswood Police Station signCounter services will reopen at Portswood Police Station from July 19, while front counter services at Bitterne Police Station will stop from the end of July 16.

'Southampton people did Southampton proud'

southampton speaks by CWHundreds turned out for an anti-racist rally in Southampton on Saturday (July 2), to protest against far right groups which had been planning an event to celebrate Brexit, and which were expected to demonstrate under a ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ banner.

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.

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

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?

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.

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