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23 October 2014
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FORP calls public meeting over park plan

riverside park footpath behind schoolFriends of Riverside Park have called a public meeting over what they describe as a “threat to Riverside Park and footpath closure”.

 
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.

 
Bitterne Parker: Graham Cotton

Graham Cotton 200pxHe qualified at bakery college in 1964 and "thought he knew it all". Ten years later he set up his own shop. "I am still hanging on, and so proud to be part of Bitterne Park Triangle,” says Graham Cotton.

 
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.

 
1940s week at Cobbett Road Library

A range of activies inspired by the 1940s are on offer at Cobbett Road Library starting on Monday, October 20, from taster jive, foxtrot and quickstep dancing sessions to a party with 40s music, food and kids’ activities.

 
Kick-start your new venture

The first of three start-up surgeries that promise to help take your business idea from infancy to action plan kick off at the Old Chemist, Bitterne Park Triangle, on Friday, October 24. More details and booking.

 
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...

 
Exploring the Hospital of God’s House

Geoff Watts, a Southampton Green Badge Tourist Guide, will give an illustrated talk tracing the story of the Hospital of God’s House at Cobbett Road Library as part of the library’s 1940s week.

 
‘Think again’ call over Bitterne Walk-in closure

bitterne walk in ctr front illuminated signJohn 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"

 
Plan to build new Bitterne Park secondary school

expand bitterne park school sign2Bitterne Park School says it hopes to move into a completely new £20 million school, to be built on its existing site, by around 2018.
City council consultation web page

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: 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.

 
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.

 
Call for C4 to shelve ‘Immigration Street’

An open letter signed by leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Southampton is calling on Channel 4 to “be a responsible broadcaster” and not to screen its controversial documentary being filmed in the Derby Road area.

 
Health workers stage biggest strike for 30 years

unison jacketNHS workers from six unions stage a four-hour stoppage across England between 7am and 11am on Monday, October 13, with more action to come, over what they say is the government’s refusal to implement  recommendations for a one per cent pay rise.

 
Night-time bus diversions in Portswood

bluestar no 16 frontBus operators warn of diversions to services using Portswood Road from October 20 for six nights because of road improvements.

 
Bitterne Parker: Roma Barnes

Roma 200pxRetired academic and founder of 'Triangle Readers' book group, Roma Barnes is a familiar Bitterne Parker who moved here in the 80s. You'll often find her deep in conversation at a local café, taking the air at Riverside Park or out and about in the city and beyond.

 
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.

 
New sweet shop for Portswood

Sweet Bar sweet shop PortswoodA new sweet shop that's opened in Portswood is proving a hit with locals and students alike. Read the story on portswood.info.

 
‘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).

 
Cobden retirement development: construction starts March

mcarthyandstonehoardingSpecialist developer of retirement housing McCarthy & Stone  has confirmed construction at its Bitterne Park site next to Cobden Bridge is due to start next March, with the first occupations expected in autumn 2016.

 
'Friendship & optimism' at peace & climate change day

climate rally 2014International Peace Day on Sunday (Sept 21) saw around 60 people singing for peace and walking together in Southampton's parks, then 'dovetailing' into a group of about 200 in Guildhall Square for Climate Change day.

 
After-school children’s drama in Bitterne Park

An after-school drama club, designed to ignite the imagination and boost confidence, runs for primary and early secondary-age children from October in Bitterne Park.

 
Houseboat break up

houseboats breakup ian turner 460Work has been taking place on the break up of a houseboat near Cobden Bridge which was no longer afloat. Concerns were raised earlier in the week about the possibility of waste escaping with the tides, but since the above shot was taken on Wednesday (Sept 17) by Ian Turner, a boom was positioned for containment – read more for further pics.

 
School appeals to residents following attack by vandals

bitternep park primary vandalism doll 200pxBitterne Park Primary School suffered an attack from vandals last weekend (Sept 13/14) which it says is just one in a series of incidents, and is appealing for neighbours to report any suspicious activity they spot in the future.

 
Tesco applies to extend opening hours

tesco cobden ave opening times signTesco Express, which opened on Cobden Avenue (SO18 1FX) in 2007, wants to extend its opening hours, from the current 7am-11pm, to 6am-midnight, seven days a week.

 
Flights on the up

flybe prop planeSouthampton Airport saw a 3% increase in passenger numbers during August compared with the same period last year.

 
Return of school’s park plan

riverside park playing fieldBitterne Park Primary School says it wants take out a lease on “a small parcel of land” behind school buildings and re-route the public footpath so children can enter the park directly, to overcome “safeguarding” concerns. Meanwhile the Friends of Riverside Park have voiced opposition to aspects of the plan. The issue attracted significant interest the last time it was raised, between 2007 and 09, and again brings to the fore very similar issues.
Oct update: FORP calls public meeting over park plan
Download Bitterne Park Primary School's letter in full (pdf 385k)
Download the school's draft plan - "awaiting specialist advice" (pdf 140k)

 
Halloween party in October

the hill halloweenThe next Hill club night at Bitterne Park Social Club will be a Halloween party in October.

 
Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageClick & collect 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.

 
Adult education courses at Bitterne Park School

A list of 2014/15 adult education courses at Bitterne Park School is available from this link.

 
Have you seen Mila?

MilaMila's been missing since Saturday from the Quayside Road area of Bitterne. If you have any news, Natalie (@Ntsom on Twitter) would love to hear from you.

 
Whitworth houseboat plan

A planning application for four houseboats to the west of 69-73 Whitworth Crescent (SO18 1GD) has been lodged with the council.

 
Co-working returns to the Triangle; now weekly

old chemist shop front from across road‘Co-working’ sessions, which offer home and mobile workers the chance to spend time working and networking with others, resume at The Old Chemist, Bitterne Park Triangle (SO18 1NP) on a weekly basis from Friday (Sept 5).

 
‘Commit to Get Fit’ at Bitterne Park 6th Form

bitterne park school sixth form signFitness classes, to raise funds for student expeditions, begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time in the Bitterne Park School sixth form dance studio (SO18 1BU) and kick off with a taster session on Thursday (Sept 4).

 
Which house could this bin belong to?

bin no 53Our correspondent kindly sends this picture, taken within the Bitterne Park ward, of a wheely bin someone is obviously worried they may lose track of. (It also had a number on the blind side and on the back too, we're assured.)

 
Cobden Avenue post: first none’ll come, then a lot’ll

delayed cobden avenue postFollowing our earlier report of post delivery problems in Cobden Avenue, resident Mike Hall has now received a week’s worth of mail in one day. But where on earth has it been hiding?

 
Riverside Park: Is it a hand grenade?

hand grenade 1 AMAnn MacGillivray reports that police attended Riverside Park on Tuesday (August 12) following the sighting of a suspected hand grenade by the water’s edge.

 
Making a difference for 35 years: foster carer Gillian White

Gillian White SCCWhat type of person spends 35 years looking after other people’s children? People like Gillian White.

 
Second tattoo studio for Triangle

ink factory tattooA second tattoo studio looks set to open shortly at Bitterne Park Triangle.

 
Audio: Clockgate update!

triangle clock at 12Special Investigation Bitterne Parkers have been left feeling confused and bewildered by the irregular striking of the Triangle clock in recent weeks. But after receiving one report that the issue had been logged as a fault with the council, we then received a tip-off that time is in fact being 'bonged' correctly. So we headed off just before noon on Tuesday to find out what's what with the Triangle clock. And this is what we heard...

 
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