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28 July 2016

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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.

 
Go mini beast hunting at Frogs Copse

frogs copse playgroundThere's free family fun at local green space Frog's Copse on Thursday (July 28) as Ian from the Hawthorns Centre runs activities including mini beast hunting, a nature trail and arts and crafts.

 
At least 16 things to do with kids in and around Southampton this summer

manor farm meet the animalsSouthampton schools are out for summer from July 20 to September 5. So what to do with the kids? Here are at least 16 ideas – including some free, low cost, and ‘no-car’ options.

 
Want to be a Bitterne Park newshound?

LisaWant to become more creative or more active in the community? Then perhaps you'd like to become a Bitterne Park newshound, and sniff out a story or two? Or perhaps you'd like to help us improve our coverage in other ways, perhaps previewing arts, music or kids' stuff?

 
Southampton Allotment and Gardens Association Annual Show

wittshillallotmentsSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) is holding its Annual Show on Saturday, August 6 from 2 - 4pm.

 
Bitterne Parker: Elaine McLaughlin

Elaine-Apr 16 2200pxDevoted mum, singer-songwriter, trainee counsellor, deep thinker and very good friend, Elaine McLaughlin has recently launched her Debut EP ‘Six More Days’.

 
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.

 
Arts festival returns to St Denys for second year

art of heritage logo 200 2016Following last year's success, musicians, artists, workshops and more have already been booked for a second St Denys Urban Arts Festival.

 
Latest black swan pic

black swan family July 2016 Stephanie KnightBlack swan news, and Stephanie Knight has sent this photo from near the nest.

 
Do you have memories that could 'bring alive' the history of Royal Victoria Country Park?

Netley TowerIf you can share your memories of Netley’s military hospital, you can help uncover the heritage of Royal Victoria Country Park.

 
Woman knocked unconscious on Osborne Road North

police car signPolice are appealing for witnesses after a woman was knocked unconscious on Osborne Road North in the early hours of Saturday (July 9)

 
Give blood on July 28

bloodThere are two sessions at Bitterne Park secondary School for people wishing to give blood, both on Thursday, July 28.

 
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.

 
Five new black cygnets

black swans five new cygnetsNews from the riverbank, and Stephanie Knight has taken this picture of five new cygnets which have just hatched.

 
Fun fair at Riverside Park in July

dodgemCharles Cole's fair is at Riverside Park from Wednesday, July 13 until Sunday, July 17.

 
NUT strike will affect Southampton schools

NUT logo on backStrike action by teachers will affect schools in Bitterne Park and St Denys, as well as others across the Southampton on Tuesday (July 5).

 
Ordnance risk causes school evacuation

bitterne park secondary schoolBitterne Park School reports it had to follow emergency evacuation procedures on Monday (July 4) when an “old piece of ordnance was brought innocently into the school and assessed as being a potential risk”.

 
'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

 
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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?

 
Scout group requests raffle donations to fund Switzerland trip

The 8th Itchen North scout group, which meets at the Church of the Ascension in Bitterne Park, is asking local businesses if they can contribute raffle prizes to help raise funds for a trip to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland in 2017.

 
More eggs in black swan nest

swan family with eggs stephanie knight
Here's a new black swan family shot from the riverside by Stephanie Knight, which shows the two remaining cygnets from earlier this year doing fine, as well as new eggs in the nest. Stephanie says they're due to hatch later this month. It's thought the other cygnets didn't make it - our previous piece on this is here.

 
Ta-da! And now we have a community library!

cobbett hub launch Cobbett Road Library has reopened in its new guise as ‘Cobbett Hub and Library’, and with revised opening hours.

 
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.

 
Sandro: book of remembrance, and funeral

sandro croppedA book of remembrance has been organised for people to sign and share memories following the tragic death of Sandro, the much-loved former proprietor of Il Picchio café at the Triangle. His funeral takes place on Friday (May 27).

 
Cleaning up at Frog's Copse

frogs copse signCommunity group SO18 Big Local is organising a morning clear up at local green space Frog's Copse, which will be followed by a 'seasonal walk' to assess future areas of action.

 
Bake for Breakout to celebrate LGBT Pride month

Pride Bakes1 - 30 June 2016 200pxBreakout Youth is inviting budding bakers to get out their cake tins and get icing to raise funds to support the Hampshire charity's work with young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or who are questioning their sexuality or gender.

 
Men make off with Bitterne bank cash

police car signPolice are appealing for witnesses after £14,000 was stolen from a cash-in-transit driver in Bitterne.

 
Canoe club races on Itchen

canoe race riverside3 by sandra revellOur stretch of the Itchen was awash with canoeists on Sunday (May 22) as Southampton Canoe Club held their Hasler Marathon over four, eight and 12-mile courses passing Riverside Park.

 
Second micropub for Portswood?

tramstop bar portswood roadPlans are reportedly afoot to convert the former Portswood Road Surgery, opposite Trago Lounge, into another micropub, according to Hop Press magazine.

 
Conservative Ivan White holds Bitterne Park seat

Labour retains control of Southampton City Council

Ivan White 200px Ivan White has held on to his Bitterne Park ward council seat for the Conservatives, beating Labour's  Stephen Fenerty by 175 votes. But Labour has retained control of Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5.

 
Portswood bank to slash opening hours

Portswood's last of the 'big four' banks, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25. More on portswood.info.

 
Allotment association offers chance to buy plants at discount

Witts Hill AllotmentsSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) holds annual plant sales during May, offering the chance to buy young plants and seedlings for your garden or plot at discount prices.

 
Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit

smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.

 
Doctors strike in Southampton

nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).

 
Riverside geese flying proud following refurbishment

sarah in tree with-geese3cropped Ben QuextalThe shiny geese of Riverside Park have been refurbished and are now flying proud again following a crowd funding campaign which beat its £700 target in just 24 hours.
Pic: Artist Sarah Filmer working on her geese installation. Photo: Ben Quextal

 
Crowds cheer runners through Bitterne Park

runner ukes1Crowds were out in force on Sunday morning to cheer half marathon runners through Bitterne Park Triangle and Riverside Park, where Southampton Ukulele Jam, pictured, offered encouragement near Woodmill. Click through for more pics.

 
Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Police have now issued a second 'E-fit' image following an assault in Riverside Park earlier in the month that left a 12-year-old with serious injuries.

 
Clean Air Zone launched – but does it go far enough?

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxThe Labour-led council has announced a voluntary 'Clean Air Zone' to cover the whole of Southampton before a compulsory zone is required by 2020, but new pressure group Clean Air Southampton has said the measures don't go far enough.

 
Nominate your favourite green space for award

Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.

 
Police issue E-fit after serious assault at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice have issued an 'Efit' image following the assault in Riverside Park on Thursday, April 7 that left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries. Click here to view and for police contact details, and to read our previous report on this incident click here.
• Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

 
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