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17 December 2014
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Police staff set to strike over pay on Monday

police sign2UNISON police staff members working in Hampshire will join other civilian colleagues in England and Wales taking part in a 24-hour strike on Monday (Dec 22).

 
Southampton Ukulele Jam Christmas Cabaret on Sunday

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Almost as traditional as festive TV repeats – and certainly more entertaining – The Southampton Ukulele Jam Christmas Cabaret returns to Talking Heads on Sunday (Dec 21). Tickets are £5/£4 on the door. Proceeds to Society of St James and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 
'Immigration Street' protest gig at Joiners

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A 'pro diversity' protest gig against the 'Immigration Street' TV programme, which is being filmed in Southampton, is at The Joiners Arms in St Mary Saturday (Dec 20), so far with seven acts confirmed. 'Read more' for the poster/details.

 
Carols by Candlelight

carols by candlelight 200You can sing some of your favourite carols as Bitterne Park churches get together for a Carols by Candlelight service at the Church of the Ascension on Sunday (Dec 21) from 4pm. And 'read more' for a list of other church events over Christmas.

 
Cycle shop for Triangle?

manor farm shop front 460 Could we soon be welcoming a cycle shop back to the Triangle? rideride cycle workshop say on their Facebook page, alongside a photo of the fruit and veg shop which closed in March, that it “looks like they will be opening their first real shop in Bitterne Park Triangle in the new year”. “Watch this space for more info,” they say...

 
Bitterne Parker: Matt Hyam

Matt Hyam 200pxWater skier, traffic light hater and Southampton Vineyard Church leader Matt Hyam believes in thriving local communities. And he thinks Bitterne Park is becoming an example to the rest of the city of what life could be like...

 
Butcher's Hook gets go-ahead for outdoor seating

butchers hook generic window signManor Farm Road micro pub The Butcher’s Hook has had its plan for a small outdoor seating area at the front of the property approved.

 
Triangle butcher re-opening

Garsons 2We're pleased to report that Triangle butcher Garson's is in the process of re-opening, with Gary Wright due back at the helm in time for the Christmas season. The business had to close for a period for personal reasons.

 
14 things to do with the kids this Christmas

Skater CC2 Benson Kua 200pxChristmas is nearly here! It’s a particularly exciting time for kids, but can be a particularly taxing time for parents. If it’s holiday activities you’re after, here’s Rebecca Welton’s run-down of just a few Christmassy things to do with the kids around the area.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, 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.

 
Park plan: ballot backs original idea

field in questionBitterne Park Primary School says that the majority of people who attended its public meeting on December 3, and who took part in its non-binding ballot on the evening, backed the school’s original plan for its use of part of Riverside Park.
• Meeting hears new options for school's park plan
• Park plan: Meeting seeks common ground

 
Christmas in The Triangle

Christmas in the triangle clock imageDecember 20, 11am-3pmCome down to Bitterne Park Triangle on December 20 for a fun day of activities for all the family, organised by local traders. You'll find unique, locally-sourced Christmas gifts and plenty of festive cheer, from a Christmas film and living nativity with donkeys, sheep and goats, to Santa's Grotto, beer tasting, mulled wine, a raffle with lots of prizes and more... Read more for details.

 
Who's this?

deer garden cornwall rdWho's this visitor, eating the strawberry plants in a garden in Cornwall Road, and captured on camera by Agota Perity on Saturday morning? Have you had similar visitors in your garden? Do let us know... (Read more for the big pic)

 
Meeting hears new options for school's park plan

park meeting BP primary Dec 14Bitterne Park Primary School put forward a compromise proposal designed to take on board community concerns at another well attended public meeting on Wednesday (Dec 3), called to discuss the school’s future use of part of Riverside Park.

 
Bitterne Parker: Liz Batten

Liz Batten croppedDownsizer. Transition Southampton founder. Repair Café organiser. Meet Bitterne Parker Liz Batten.

 
Veg Shed going weekly

veg shed from over roadBitterne Park's fruit and veg shop The Veg Shed is set to pop up weekly instead of fortnightly at the Triangle after Christmas.

 
Take quick survey about Cobbett Road Library

saveourlibrary2Supporters  at Cobbett Road Library, which is facing possible closure along with other city branches, have launched their own survey to research use of the facility. There are only two questions so they say it shouldn't take long to complete - it's online here. The Friends group is also encouraging participation in the council's consultation process - more here.

 
New hair & beauty business for Triangle

beautylicioushairopeningsignA new hair and beauty business, ‘Beauty Licious Hair’, opened at the Triangle at the start of December, in premises recently vacated by Bennett Barbers.

 
Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageGreat Xmas gift! Wear your Bitterne Parker T-shirt with pride, while at the same time supporting your favourite local website! Just order online, and we'll rush your shirt to Bitterne Park Triangle, ready for you to collect. How easy is that? Click through to find out more and to order while stocks last.

 
Have say on future of city libraries

inside the library Southampton City Council is inviting feedback on its plans for the city’s libraries, which could include closing five local branches including Cobbett Road in Bitterne Park. You can learn more and take part by March 6 by clicking through to the council's site.
• Friends will fight ‘devastating’ library closure plans
• Cobbett Friends speak out against library closures
• Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

 
Ho Ho Ho! It’s time for a Christmas show!

Kieran Buckeridge in Dick Whittington by Robert WorkmanIt’s that time when families and friends flock to theatres to take in an eclectic array of Christmas shows – and get that once-a-year chance to yell: “he’s behind you!” Here’s Rebecca Welton’s roundup of the biggest productions around our area.
• Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat
• How to keep it local this Christmas

 
Overnight arson spree prompts police appeal

beechwood gardens burned car200pxPolice are linking five arson incidents in which cars were set alight and property was damaged around local roads during the early hours of Sunday (Nov 23). Pics: Mike Hall

 
Video: Library friends lobby council

library deputation nov 19 2014Friends of Cobbett Road Library's address to the council on November 19, about the council's plan to close the library or make it available for "community run initiatives", has been uploaded to YouTube. You can see it following this link. For our meeting report, click here.

 
Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

library deputation nov 19 2014 Rose HickmanRose Hickman, age 9, told a packed Southampton City Council chamber on Wednesday (Nov 19) that over 37% of books taken out at Cobbett Road Library are taken out by kids. The statistic was part of a powerful presentation made by friends of the library, which has been earmarked for “disposal” or "community run initiatives".
• Video: Library friends lobby council

• Friends will fight ‘devastating’ library closure plans

 
Fruit trees at bargain prices

Transition Southampton is offering people the opportunity to buy apple, cherry and plum trees, plus raspberry canes and rhubarb crowns at bargain prices.

 
Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat

The Snow Queen Nuffield banner croppedFancy a frosty festive treat this Christmas? Why not take the kids along to the Nuffield’s new adaptation of The Snow Queen which opens on November 27, and which promises to melt your heart.

 
The lights are back!

traffic lights workingThe traffic lights at Bitterne Park Triangle were working again on Saturday evening from around 7.30pm (Nov 15) – after some four days with no lights at this busy junction.

 
Lindsi's book of paintings celebrates city's 50 years

lindsi with bike 200px courtesty Retina PhotographyBitterne Parker Lindsi Bluemel has created a book of 50 original paintings around Southampton as part of the ‘50 years a city’ celebrations.
Photo courtesy Retina Photography

 
How to keep it local this Christmas

Portswood Cycles 2Fed up with faceless chain retailers? Rather support local, independent businesses for your festive goodies? No problem. There's more on your doorstep than you might think. Here's Rebecca Welton's pick of Southampton's indies. Stop press: Tiger Yard, a not-for-profit three-week pop-up shop is now open at 108 East Street SO14 3HD
(Tu
es-Sun 10-5) offering fair trade products & an array of other original goodies for the festive season...

 
Fire halts plane takeoff

Hampshire Fire and Rescue mobilised four fire appliances at around 1.15pm on Sunday (Nov 9) after a fire was spotted in the undercarriage of a plane preparing for take off at Southampton Airport with 76 passengers and four crew on board.

 
Park plan: Meeting seeks common ground

social club meeting 2 chairsRefreshingly, given strength of recent feeling, many seemed to recognise the positive intention behind the “other side’s” views at a packed community meeting called by Friends of Riverside Park on October 28, to discuss the primary school’s proposal to take over park land and re-route a footpath.
Link: Daily Echo October 30: - Bitterne Park Primary School close to securing 25-year lease despite public's concerns

 
Suspected arson shuts Cobden Avenue Tesco

tesco cobden signUpdate: Store re-opened by 4pm.
A suspected arson attack closed Tesco's Cobden Avenue Express store on Monday (Oct 27).

 
Have you seen Tilly?

tillyTilly has been missing from Whitworth Court, off Whitworth Road in Bitterne Park since Sunday, and her owner is getting more and more concerned – especially with so many fireworks around, as Tilly's a nervous young cat who's never previously been further than her own garden. If you have info please call 07855 756353.

 
Over 600 attend library Autumn Fayre

library autumn fayreFriends of Cobbett Road Library say over 600 people came to their Autumn Fayre on Saturday. Attractions ranged from storytelling to apple pressing – not mention all the fab cakes: yum!
This week is 40s week at the library | Talk on Friday: Exploring the Hospital of God’s House

 
Elsie cuts ribbon at new pre-school premises

Riverside Pre-School Grand Opening Parents joined staff and supporters for the grand opening of Riverside Pre-school’s bright new setting at Bitterne Park Primary School on October 16.

 
Keep ‘em peeled for Triangle bike thieves

clocktowerA bike was stolen from outside the Butcher’s Hook on Wednesday, October 15 at around 4.20pm.

 
Photos: deer by Riverside Park

stag 200pxFollowing our report of one reader's recent encounter with a stag at Riverside Park, Tony Bunday – who's often in the park "with dog and camera with long lens" – sends these remarkable photos of deer taken in June, looking across the river from Riverside Park.
• Two black swans & cygnet at Riverside

 
Tea and tech on Tuesdays in Townhill

Tea and tech talk, with mentors to help those starting or with questions on tablets, laptops and other devices, takes place on Tuesdays from 10.30-12.3- at Townhill Park Community Centre.

 
Two black swans & cygnet at Riverside

black swan liz battenThanks to Liz Batten for sending these pictures of a black swan, who seems to have "adopted" a cygnet, at Riverside Park. 'Read more' to see the others. We've also recently heard from a reader who says she came amost face to face with a stag at 10 o'clock in the morning in Riverside Park. Has anyone else seen him? Photos please! Update: Tony Bunday responded to our plea and sent his pictures of deer near Riverside Park - follow this link...

 
‘Think again’ call over Bitterne Walk-in closure

bitterne walk in ctr front illuminated signUpdate: Bitterne Walk-in Centre's winter closure scrapped - BBC, Oct 31
John Denham, MP for Southampton Itchen, has contacted constituents to canvass their views about the plan to close Bitterne NHS Walk-in Centre from December for what’s been described as a “six month pilot”.
Link to Rowenna Davis' petition calling for CCG to "think again"

 
Free online courses prove a hit

University of Southampton EEE building courtesy University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton has reached 100,000 enrolments on its free interactive Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCS.

 
High tide in St Denys

high tide in st denysHere's an autumnal pic – and a reminder of some of last year's high tides – taken by and

 
Audio: Solent Credit Union – safe local choice for saving & borrowing

john merrittCredit unions offer an ethical, local choice when it comes to saving and borrowing, says Solent Credit Union President John Merritt in this audio interview.

 
‘No closure plans’ for local Co-op stores

co-operative food sign cobden bridge storeA spokesperson for Co-operative Food has told bitternepark.info that there’s “no truth in suggestions that its Cobden Bridge and Midanbury stores are to close”, following rumours posted online.

 
How long should children have to eat their lunch?

An open letter to the head of Bitterne Park Secondary School published on a parent’s blog claims that some children don’t actually get time to eat lunch because the school’s canteen queue is so long.

 
One hospitalised following Woodmill Lane fire

woodmill lane signOne person was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following a kitchen fire at a flat on Woodmill Lane on Wednesday evening (Oct 1).

 
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