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Police launch week-long crackdown on speeding

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Hampshire’s roads policing officers are launching a crackdown on speeding as part of a week-long campaign from August 21 with the message: “Think before you speed – it could save a life.”

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Art of Heritage Festival postponed until spring

art of heritage logo 200 2016The Art of Heritage Festival (AoH), a three-day celebration of local art and culture which was scheduled for September 8-10 in St Denys, has been postponed until the spring due to “unavoidable and unpredictable personal circumstances”.

Bitterne Park property market still strong – agent

bitterne park properties stylisedThe Bitterne Park property market remains buoyant despite a “slowdown” in Southampton, according to a local estate agent.

Another Southampton music venue seeks crowdfunding

Hobbit music signJust a couple of weeks after we reported the crowdfunding efforts of The Joiners, another local music venue is now fundraising, because of what it describes as “crippling” costs.

Community group grants up for grabs

money-1084517 pixabay 460Community and voluntary groups can apply for funding through Southampton City Council’s Community Chest small grant scheme before the end of October.

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Shutters down at Bitterne Park Hotel

bitterne park hotel exterior March 2016The shutters appeared to be down at the Bitterne Park Hotel once more this week.

Take to the art trail this August

Sandrinetulips200pxHampshire Open Studios, which this year runs from August 19-28, offers the opportunity to visit out of the way artists' studios, galleries, and even people's homes to view and purchase work – including at venues in Bitterne Park, in Southampton, and beyond.

Portswood café hosts August clothes swap

clothes swaps generic bannerUpdated: Southampton Clothes Swaps are bringing their next event to a Portswood café on August 26.   This event is now moving to Gods House Tower on Friday 25 from 3pm - 8pm.

Peartree Green hosts first Bio Blitz

Lizzy and Lucy 200Peartree Green hosted its first ever Bio Blitz on Saturday, August 5, which attracted both amateur naturalists from outside the area and local residents who wanted to find out more about the flora and fauna on the Green – writes Jill Doubleday.

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.

Night-time noise annoys Bitterne Park

sound wave pixabay2A “shockingly loud” night-time noise, described as sounding like a “washing machine” and a “repetitive grinding noise”, is disturbing the sleep of some Bitterne Parkers.

Join Riverside litter pickers

litterinbingraphicThe Friends of Riverside Park report that about 15 people turned out for a litter pick on August 5 –  a number said to be "unprecedented for the last few years and very encouraging" – and now the group's calling for more people to join in with their next efforts.

Why did the deer swim in the rain?

deer in river bigUpdated: We'll probably never know why this deer apparently decided to take a swim in the Itchen, near the golf course, during yesterday's (Aug 2) heavy rain – unless you have a theory?

New kids' club for Cobbett Hub & Library

crayons child unsplash aaron-burden-60068A new, free kids' club at Cobbett Hub and Library is running on Mondays (not bank holidays) over the summer, with fun, games, arts and crafts, music, reading and play activities promised. All are welcome from 2-3pm.
To find out about other regular activities at the library, see their site here.

Music venue crowdfunds to pay for critical repairs

joiners cropped stylised460Southampton music venue The Joiners is under threat, and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise £5000 for urgent repairs to the building.

Promoting benefits of breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1-7, and the council is encouraging individuals and businesses to show support for mothers choosing to breastfeed through initiatives like the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme, so far supported by 144 Southampton venues.

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.

Golf plan yet to tee off

golf unsplash 460 edewaa-foster-21157 While work on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) nears completion at Riverside Park, there seems to be little news about the hoped-for nine-hole pitch and putt and ‘footgolf’ facility near Woodmill.

'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.

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. 

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 - PavilionUpdated: From 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.
• Check &, and @SummerintheSq on Twitter for event details

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

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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.

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