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

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With 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, which was filmed in 2016. Read more and scroll down to watch our short video.

Riverfest needs you!

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Can 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 above to contact the organisers. 

Britain’s Got Talent star popping in to Townhill May-Fest

may fest graphicA Britain’s Got Talent star will be one of the attractions at May-Fest, an afternoon of free fun family entertainment this bank holiday Monday at Townhill Park Community Centre.

Audio: Shadow chancellor on election trail in Bitterne

john mcdonnell copyrightLabour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell was on the election campaign trail in Bitterne Precinct on Tuesday afternoon. Read more to hear him speaking about his party's prospects in the Itchen constituency.

Carnival feel in Triangle as ukes lead marathon cheers

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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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Kick starting awareness of mental health with Saints vs Stigma Football Festival

guildhall square3Southampton’s Guildhall Square will be transformed into a five-a-side football arena from April 28-30 to raise awareness about mental health.

Who will our Itchen general election candidates be?

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Updated Despite expectations that the next general election would be in 2020 given the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, you may, just possibly, have heard the news that a ‘snap’ election has been approved for June 8. So what will the voting choices be for residents in the Southampton Itchen constituency in about seven weeks’ time?

New contemporary production of Pygmalion explores local accents

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Over one hundred years after it was written, Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, putting Southampton’s diverse range of voices at the heart of the show.

Promoted: Telly addicts wanted by TV researcher

areyouatellyadictmpuPROMOTED A local researcher is looking for small groups of volunteers to watch TV – and get paid for it.

More antisocial behaviour at Deepdene

dd mike hall 2Updated: We've received these photos showing more antisocial behaviour by - or rather underneath - the children's play equipment at Deepdene.

Power cut affects Bitterne Park over Easter lunchtime

plugA power cut is affecting some Bitterne Park residents over Easter lunchtime (April 16).

Walk the Waterfront challenge - success!

banner by cobdenThe first Southampton Walk the Waterfront challenge was completed on Sunday (April 9), with two walkers – myself, Clare Diaper, and Joey Jones – completing the full walk, and with many others joining in at various points along the way.

Food dumped at Riverside Park

20170411 154031Waste food has been dumped at Riverside Park, near Cobden Bridge close to the 'geese in the tree' artwork installation

Promoted: Hope for a brighter future - new counselling service in Portswood

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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.

The Songbird introduces live music evenings

songbird externalFrom April 14 there will be free Friday night music sessions at The Songbird.

Latest black cygnet pics

black swans 2 kirsteen andersonThanks to Kirsteen Anderson for letting us show you her photos of the baby black swans in their nest - read more to see even closer shots in the series.

Watch: Utter chaos as large vessel in ‘near miss’ with Cobden Bridge

bridge collison image 460Traffic has now returned to normal after an earlier incident in which a large vessel appeared to be involved in a near miss with Cobden Bridge. Read more to watch an amateur video of the incident.

Audio: Riverfest plans taking shape

riverfestlogobigPlans are taking shape for Riverfest, a celebration of the river taking place around Riverside Park on Saturday, May 27. We caught up with organiser Catherine Wright to find out what’s on the cards.

Park plan: School ‘delighted’ by public inquiry outcome

park footpath behind school coupleUpdated Bitterne Park Primary has said it is “delighted” with the outcome of the recent public inquiry concerning the footpath that currently runs behind the school, as revealed last week by

Council approval for Townhill Park development

meggeson avenue hoarding2The council has approved the next steps in the regeneration of Townhill Park.

Coming soon: a MUGA in the park

courtbiggerA ‘MUGA’ – or ‘Multi Use Games Area’ – could be in action in Riverside Park "by August", it was recently revealed.

NatWest bank to close in Portswood

NatWest bank, Portswood, SouthamptonIt's been announced that the last of the ‘big four’ banks in Portswood, NatWest, will close on October 5. Read the full story on

Riverside pitch & putt and ‘football golf’ courses could open by summer

golf unsplash 460 edewaa-foster-21157 There are hopes that a nine-hole pitch and putt course, alongside a ‘footgolf’ facility, could open on the site of the closed golf course at Woodmill in time for the summer.

New head for Bitterne Park School

bitterne park secondary schoolA new headteacher has been appointed for Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form.

Family reunited with precious baby photos found during Deepdene clean-up

claire and jessieA Southampton woman has been reunited with valuable photos and footage of her daughter taken in 2011, when she was about one year old, after their family camera was found during a litter pick at Deepdene, and an appeal to trace the owner was launched on

Grants to encourage foster carers

kids 460 pixabaySouthampton City Council is offering one-off grants of around £1,600 to attract new foster carers and help reward those already fostering.

Flybe launches new connections using Southampton as hub

airport departure boardRegional airline Flybe has launched what it describes as a “new weekend leisure hub” as part of its 2017 summer schedule, making it possible for passengers from eight UK departure points to travel to 12 popular European destinations via Southampton Airport.

Break in at Cotton's bakery

butcher  baker triangle exteriorWe understand there was a break in at Cotton's bakery at Bitterne Park Triangle overnight (March 15/16).

Council gets grant to help rough sleepers

person on street with police officerSouthampton City Council has secured £400,000 over two years to help rough sleepers.

Do you need a blood pressure check?

blood-pressure-pixabay 460Estimates show that 25,110 people in Southampton are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure – one of the leading causes of premature death and disability in England – but free NHS health checks to pick up on the issue are available at various Southamptoin locations.

Marshal marathon locally and raise funds for your group

marathon runner man triangleABP are looking for a community group that can muster a minimum of 20 willing volunteers to marshal a local section of the ABP Southampton Marathon on Sunday, April 23 – in return for a £250 donation to the group.

The scene at Woodmill on a sunny Monday

woodmill rubbish 2We've received these pictures of Woodmill car park which apparently were taken on Monday morning (March 13), showing rubbish and waste strewn across the area. 'Read more' for further pictures.

Over 180 stopped in 'mobiles behind the wheel' clampdown

phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxPolice caught more than 180 motorists using their mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown across Hampshire – and 78% of motorists stopped were men.

October Books beats crowdfunding target in just five days

October Books, Portswood, SouthamptonOctober Books, which launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it pay the rent on its Portswood Road shop, has reached its £2500 target in just five days – and says it's now going for a "stretch target" of £5000. Read the story on

Volunteers clean Chessel Bay

Marine Conservation Societyat chessil bay by A Manning 460Adam Manning has posted a report on the Green Hampshire blog about the weekend's beach clean and litter pick at Chessel Bay.

Bitterne Leisure Centre pool closes for repairs "until futher notice"

bitterne leisure centreBitterne Leisure Centre swimming pool has suddently closed for repairs "for the safety of all users".

Council awarded funding to help improve air quality

traffic queue cobden bridgeSouthampton City Council says it will be awarded £892,000 to tackle air quality locally, but pressure group Clean Air Southampton, while welcoming the boost, says initiatives don’t go far enough, and is calling for better monitoring and government measures to “remove diesel vehicles from our streets”.

Local church group arrives in Uganda to help set up social enterprise

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A group from Bitterne Park’s Ascension Church has arrived in Uganda to help set up a community-led project to help keep girls in school by providing access to sanitary towels.

'Love the Triangle' meeting recommendations going to council

triangle pixelated 460Approximately 20 people attended the Love the Triangle meeting on Valentine’s evening in the Butcher's Hook to share their ideas about how Bitterne Park Triangle could be improved. Thanks to the organisers for sharing the following summary. 

First service 7 rerouted from February 26

bus first no 7 city red at bitterne parkBus company First has revealed changes to its service 7 from February 26, involving a change of direction around the route’s loop in Midanbury and Towhnill Park.

All change at The Station as pub revamped

Station Southampton post revamp press shotThe Station pub in Bitterne Park has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Triangle butcher's: Ricky's ready to roll!

ricky moor triangle butcher close2Ricky Moor is all set to reopen the butcher's shop – which has been empty since early 2015 – at Bitterne Park Triangle this week.

Music venue founder Bryn Lewis passes away

bryn lewis courtesy the brookThe Brook has announced that the music venue’s founder and creator, Bryn Lewis, who was a Bitterne Parker, has sadly died.

Students raise funds for community garden

campus collectiveA group of students have launced a crowdfunding campaign to create a community garden in Portswood, that they hope will build important bridges between university students and the local community. Read more on

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