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Preview: Music in the City in Southampton on Saturday

For a day of musical mayhem, punk and country acts rub shoulders on decommissioned ships, and coffee houses cheerfully promote singers, duos and polka-dance troupes as if it was part of their core business. Dan O’Farrell previews Saturday’s Music in the City (Oct 1).

Rain forecast for Saturday

umbrella under cc2 by Hiroyuki TakedaIf you're out and about on Saturday (and there's plenty going on), you may want to take an umbrella: the Met Office has issued a Yellow warning of rain for south east England, from 4am-9pm on Saturday (Oct 1). You can see the BBC's weekend forecast here.
Pic under CC2 by Hiroyuki Takeda

Call to oppose fascists in Southampton on Saturday

southampton speaks by CWSouthampton Antifascists are calling for a last-minute response to what they say is another possible visit to Southampton by a “neo nazi group” on Saturday (Oct 1).

Budding young actors wanted for Nuffield Theatre’s new season

Nuffield Youth Theatre (NYT) is looking for new members to take part in auditions for a new 2017 season at Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.

Pride of Place Project asks: ‘What does Southampton mean to you?’

caravan galleryThe Southampton Pride of Place Project is coming, with residents being encouraged to help create an exhibitions about our city through a photo competition, and evolving display in East Street.

Meet employers at Southampton Jobs Fair

Southampton Jobs Fair takes place on Friday, October 7 at the new Spark Conference Centre, Southampton Solent University (SO14 0YN), offering the chance to meet 65 employers in sectors ranging from hospitality and retail to care and construction.

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Southampton day of action on housing

unite graphic home is a human rightUnite Community Southampton Area is holding a street event on Saturday (Oct 1) as at the Bargate in Southampton as part of a regional day of action on housing, with street theatre, petitions, music and speeches.

Shnit Film Festival returns in October

couch_fest"An outstanding programme of short films from around the world" is promised for Saturday, Octobere 15, as Shnit International Short Film Festival –  which promotes screenings in very small venues such as front rooms and church halls – returns.

Seal puts on 'spectacular show' at Woodmill

seal 3Thanks to Martin Glennie for letting us know about what he describes as a “spectacular show” on Tuesday evening at Woodmill, as a seal – possibly Sammy [see previous] – grappled with a large salmon.

Head praises Bitterne Park School community following lockdown

bitterne park secondary schoolBitterne Park School headteacher Susan Trigger has praised the “mature and orderly response” from everyone in the school during Monday’s emergency lockdown (Sept 19), called because trespassers were on the school site.
Emergency lockdown at Bitterne Park School on Monday lunchtime

Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

rideridebreakin1Owners of stolen bikes urged to register them at
With more reports of bike thefts around Bitterne Park coming in, a concrete block was apparently used on Monday evening or the early hours of Tuesday (Sept 19/20) to try to gain access to Triangle cycle shop rideride.

Emergency lockdown at Bitterne Park School on Monday lunchtime

bitterne park secondary exteriorBitterne Park School initiated "an emergency lockdown" at the end of lunchtime on Monday (Sept 19), and police were called to the site.

Head praises Bitterne Park School community following lockdown

Eastleigh Film Festival ‘puts excitement back into the movies’ next week

eastleigh film fest logo 2016Eastleigh Film Festival runs all next week, promising 17 films across 11 venues, including “hand-picked cult classics, international and British titles, survival epics and ingenious comedies”.

Bitterne Parker: Vikki Gough

vikki close upNature loving sometime singer Vikki Gough has fond memories of growing up in the 70s with a houseful of mainly older brothers, loud music, and with an orgone accumulator in the conservatory.

Date for Riverside footpath public inquiry revealed

riverside park behind schoolThe date for the public local inquiry to consider notice of an order to close and divert the footpath behind Bitterne Park Primary School has been revealed.

Bitterne Park bikes stolen

bikes by riverside treeUPDATED - bikes also taken from Dimond Road If you’re a cyclist it could be time to tighten up on the security of your bike following two recent thefts we've heard about in the Bitterne Park area.
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Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

Arts festival hailed success as plans floated for bigger 2017 event

art of heritage 2016Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.

Southampton MP calls for urgency in tackling ‘air quality health crisis’

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxIn the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.

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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 up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

Bitterne Parker: Claire Fritz-Domeney

Claire Fritz-DomeneyClaire Fritz-Domeney is a surface pattern designer, working freelance for a New York agent, as well as selling her own range of cards and stationery in local shops. She'd like to see more control over what businesses can open in the Triangle, and a dog exercise area in the park.

Happy birthday

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We celebrate our 11th birthday in September – and as we do so we ask for your support for the future.


Duck race draws bank holiday crowds

duck race draws crowds 2016The annual duck race from Mansbridge to Woodmill drew a large crowd in fine weather on Monday (Aug 29).

Bitterne Park’s penny-farthing man

pennyfarthimgMeet Mark Metcalfe, the Bitterne Park man you may have seen riding a penny-farthing by the river.

Do you know mystery man who rescued Nero from river?

rebecca with nero croppedA mystery man, so far known only as Dave, jumped into the River Itchen on Saturday and rescued Rebecca Hutton’s black spaniel, Nero – and now Rebecca would like to track down Dave to thank him properly.

Pics: New Bitterne Park School: 'Work progressing well'

kier1 200xConstruction contractors Kier report that work has been progressing well on the new Bitterne Park School, which is being completely rebuilt.

Helping older people stay cool this summer

thermometer pixabay CC01 no attributionAge UK Southampton is helping city residents stay cool in warmer weather this summer through a free information guide for older people and their families.

Cobbett Road Library resumes lunchtime opening

cobbett rd librar sunThe Friends of Cobbett Road Library report that, thanks to staff and volunteers, the library is no longer closing at lunchtimes on the days that it opens.

Riverside gathering remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

from above credit saul and samAround 50 people spanning the generations gathered in Riverside Park near Cobden Bridge on Sunday evening (August 7) to light candles and remember the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were addressed by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Cathie McEwing, and Vice President of CND Rebecca Johnson. Pic: Saul & Sam

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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