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Big Gig for charity at Shooting Star on Sunday

accrington stanley at BPH adam barnes 460The sixth big gig, this time raising funds for the Piam Brown Ward caring for kids with cancer, is on Sunday (Aug 30) at the Shooting Star pub in Bevois Vally, featuring a big line up of acoustic and plugged in bands from 2pm until midnight.
Pic of Accrington Stanley by Adam Barnes

Open doors this bank holiday at city print workshop

red hot press sign on wall bigCity fine art print workshop Red Hot Press is open this bank holiday weekend for its annual summer exhibition "showcasing the best in printmaking", at the Old Cattle Market near Terminus Terrace (SO14 3FE). Check the Facebook page for more details.

Write to cabinet members urges library friends group

cobbett working groupFriends of Cobbett Road Library (FOCRL) have asked supporters to write to council cabinet members urging them to further investigate alternative options that were suggested as part of the council's extensive libraries consultation service.

Rainy spells over bank holiday forecast

umbrella under cc2 by Hiroyuki TakedaBrollies at the ready: the Met office has issued another 'Yellow Warning' of rain for Southampton valid from 2200 Saturday to 2350 on Sunday (Aug 29/30), with a further Yellow alert for London and the south east for all day Monday. And the BBC is forecasting rainy spells throughout the long weekend at the time of writing. There again, they've all been wrong before...
Pic under CC2 by Hiroyuki Takeda

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Have your say on Southampton's new Guildhall Square arts venue

There's the chance to take part in an 'Open Space' discussion in September about Southampton's new arts venue, currently under construction in Guildhall Square. Click here for info.

Libraries: council decision 'called in' for further scrutiny

cobbett rd library stylisedLast week's cabinet decision to withdraw council funding to five Southampton libraries, including Cobbett and Burgess Road branches, has won a reprieve – although probably only a brief one – because it's been 'called in' for further scrutiny.

• Libraries: Council accused of 'political point scoring'
• Video: Funding withdrawn for Cobbett & four other Southampton libraries from April 2016

Video: Funding withdrawn for Cobbett & four other Southampton libraries from April 2016

library consultation adultThe council withdrew funding for five Southampton libraries, including Cobbett Road, at a cabinet meeting on August 18. Read on for our full meeting roundup, including exclusive footage from the meeting and of the vote, and reaction from the Friends of Cobbett Road Library afterwards.

Help test new way to publish council notices

Southampton is trialling new ways of publishing statutory notices until the end of September, such as news about road closures or when a pub is planning to extend its opening hours.You can view notices, and sign up to receive notices by email during the trial, from this council page.

St Denys Community Centre seeks web wizard

St Denys Community Centre is on the lookout for a web wizard who can spare a couple of hours a month to help the voluntary committee keep their website updated. If you can help contact the centre via their site – which also lists other volunteering positions.
Source: SCC Communities Team

Bitterne Park students celebrate outstanding results at Barton Peveril

The hard work of two former Bitterne Park students studying at Barton Peveril Sixth Form college has earned them places at Oxford.

Deepdene play area operational

deepdene new playgroundThe council reports that the revamped Deepdene play area is now fully operational, with a new pathway leading to play equipment offering easier access. See our earlier report.

Free nursery places for two year olds

Parents of children who are already or nearly 2-years-old can use the council’s online checker to find out if their child is entitled to a free place with a nursery, preschool or childminder for up to 15 hours a week.

Riverside Park wins Green Flag accolade

green flag award logoRiverside Park has regained its Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Council consults on priorities

Southampton City Council is conducting a 'priorities questionnaire' to help it shape services and refresh the Council Strategy.

Whitworth houseboat application gets go-ahead

whitworth crescent street sceneAn application to build moorings for four houseboats on the shore of the Itchen, off Whitworth Crescent, received approval from the council's Planning Panel on Tuesday (August 4).

New business helps busy people shop locally

shoplocalWant to shop locally but find it a challenge because of a busy working life? Now a new Bitterne business offers fresh, seasonal and often local produce from various nearby suppliers delivered in one box to the doorstep.

Men make off with Mansbridge kebab cash

Police say two men threatened a kebab van owner with a metal pole and reportedly made off with cash near the White Swan pub on July 26.

22 things to do with the kids this summer

paddling pool under cc2 by Leon brocardWondering what to do with the kids during six blissful, warm summer weeks? Never fear: from camping out to splashing about, Rebecca Welton's researched 22 holiday activities in and around the city for maximum family fun these hols...

Changes to First bus services from September

First_bus_front Southampton bus operator First has announced changes to its Southampton network from September 6, affecting, among others, its 7, 12, 13 and B2 services.

Crime and anti-social behaviour at Riverside Park

riverside park june 2015 2Riverside Park has been made a community policing priority over the summer months following reports of some crime and anti-social behaviour.

Impressions of new Bitterne Park School

External-4Bitterne Park School says it's "excited to be able to share plans for the new school to be built on the school campus" and has released a series of impressions of the development. The planning application has now been lodged with the council.

Previously: Plans for school development submitted | Road issues main concern at resident meeting

New book aims to get families spending time together, eating healthily and saving money

foraging book jacket 460Bitterne Parker Alan Gibson – AKA The Urbane Forager – has written a new book setting out how families can spend valuable time together in the outdoors, while gathering enough fruit to save many pounds off the weekly shop.

Smith makes maiden speech

houses of parliament under CC2 by Berit WatkinRoyston Smith, the new Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen, made his maiden speech in parliment on July 13.
Pic under CC2 by Berit Watkin

Plans for school development submitted

bpschoolplanningsignResidents have until the end of the month to comment on a planning application to transform Bitterne Park School and eventually increase capacity by 300 students to 1800.

• Impressions of new Bitterne Park School

Wesley's home!

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Butcher's Hook gets permission for fixed outdoor seating

butchers hook ale frescoTriangle micro pub The Butcher's Hook has now got the go ahead from planners to bolt its outdoor seating to the ground, following a retrospective planning application that received 59 online public comments in favour, with just one against.
Previously: Butcher's Hook seeks permission for fixed outdoor seating area

Ekco Radio sign 'won't be visible long term'

EKCO radio Talking about the Ekco Radio advertisement facing Cobden Bridge, developer McCarthy & Stone has said “long term the old marketing sign will not be visible”.

City Life Church to manage Townhill Park Community Centre

townhill park community centre 200px A church is to run Townhill Park Community Centre following a Community Asset Transfer, while the council is again inviting organisations wanting to manage Harefield Community Centre to come forward.

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.

Summer challenge goes out to young readers

reading challenge record  breakers credit reqRecord Breakers, this year's Summer Reading Challenge, will encourage young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Book, and discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world.

Deputy head cycles from London to Paris in under 24 hours for charity

Mr Panayiotou london to paris1Deputy headteacher at Bitterne Park School, Pan Panayiotou, and friend Trevor Bass, have raised over £600 for the National Autistic Society by cycling 196 miles from London to Paris in under 24 hours.

Private Eye reports baffling Cobbett Road heating story

radiator under cc2 by liz westPrivate Eye magazine's Nooks & Corners architectural column takes up the story in its current issue of Southampton City Council's apparent investment of £99,000 to upgrade the heating system of “handsome and efficient modernistic building” Cobbett Road Library – one of five city libraries under threat of closure.

Proposal for new 349-unit student hall by Sainsbury's in Portswood

Development proposals for a new student hall of residence comprising around 349 self-contained units between Portswood and Belmont roads by Sainsbury's go on show for feedback from the public in July. More information and comments on

School gets green light for park plan

planning meeting school park planUpdated Report It's been an extensively debated topic since 2007 but on Tuesday (June 23) Bitterne Park Primary won approval at a council planning meeting to fully enclose part of Riverside Park for school use, and close public access to the footpath behind the school so it can effectively link the school with the field.

Pair of black swans on the Itchen

ImageThose of you following the discussion about the reported appearance of a second black swan on the Itchen in our area on our Facebook page will be interested in this sequence of photographs kindly sent in by Richard McGrady, taken on June 18. There's more information about these creatures on the RSPB website here.

Listen again to new Charlie's owners on radio

charlies lee and bev voice fm suppliedIf you missed Lee and Bev Nicholson, new owners of Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle, chatting on Voice FM on June 25 about their new business, and particularly their gluten free products, you can listen from this link.

Plans for Whitworth houses and flats approved

street signPlans to build three houses and six flats on the site at 74 Whitworth Crescent, which is at the corner of Harcourt Road, were approved by councillors on June 23.  Full details of the proposal are here (PDF – 18 mb)

Summer solstice sunrise

midsummer dawn1 Louise OwenHere are some stunning images of the summer solstice sunrise over the Itchen on Sunday (June 21), by Louise Owen. We'll let the pictures do the talking!

Traditional fun at St Denys Church Fayre

st denys church fayre 2015Fortunatenly the rain held off and locals were able to enjoy a traditional fayre at St Denys Church on Saturday (June 20), where there were attractions ranging from ukulele playing to stalls, games, a raffle, crafts, cake and more.

CCG consults over Bitterne Walk-in Centre closure plan

bitterne walk in ctr walking inSouthampton City Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting over plans to close Bitterne Walk-in Centre after the facility won a reprieve in October 2014.
Update June 17: there's now an online survey from this link

Outdoor Cinema returns to Southampton

film sign under CC2 by ozz13xHijack Cinema, which screens films in locations from warehouses to parks, is back, and this summer you can watch your favourite movies under the stars at Hoglands Park.

Spate of thefts prompts police warning

police poster be awarePolice are warning residents to be vigilant of thieves they say are operating in the local area.

Craft workshops at Old Chemist

old chemist sign 200pxA series of craft workshops is underway on Tuesday evenings at The Old Chemist, on topics ranging from cupcake decorating to crochet and cyanotype printing – some with spaces still available.

Plans for 10 new houses on Cobden Avenue

70 cobden avenuePlans to demolish the existing dwelling at 70 Cobden Avenue, close to the road's intersection with Midanbury Lane, and build 10 three-bedroom houses with 20 parking spaces, have been submitted to Southampton City Council. The planning application is here.

Record-breaking month for

Broken reckless record under CC2 by Martin Belam 460As we approach our tenth birthday we're pleased to report that received a record-breaking number of visitors in May.

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