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What sort of city should Southampton be?

west quayWhat do you think the city should look like in 20 years' time? How can development in the city respond to local needs and wishes? Those are just some of the questions up for public discussion in town on Tuesday evening (Oct 6), as community members hope to frame a response to 'Southampton: City of Opportunity Local Plan', which is currently out for consultation. Full details on Facebook.

Shnit Film Festival comes to Bitterne Park

Herman the German Germany 2015The best of international short films are promised at a Bitterne Park screening on Saturday 10, as Shnit – a festival screening films in very small venues such as front rooms and church halls – comes to the Baptist Church Hall. Here's a preview from organisers Zemedia in their own words.

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Audio: Take a tour of historic St Denys

godfrey collyer outside st denys schoolSouthampton tourist guide Godfrey Collyer, pictured, leads us on a tour through St Denys, giving an intriguing glimpse into the area's past, from the history of St Denys Church and the school, to the railway, Cobden Bridge, Riverside Park and St Denys Priory.

Welcome to picturesque Woodmill

clothing recycling1You might think, from this scene at Woodmill car park on Sunday (Oct 4), that the clothing banks are completely full: not so. 

Help commenting on Townhill regeneration plans

townhill park regeneration poster croppedIndependent help will be on hand at a public meeting on Monday (Oct 5).for anyone wanting to comment on the planning application for the regeneration of the Townhill Park estate, which is about to go live.

Decision to close NHS Walk-in Centre slated

Why consult?
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Updated with That's Solent TV reports: It's been widely reported that the closure of Bitterne NHS Walk-in Centre has been agreed, even though 73% of people consulted opposed the move, according to Southampton Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Age UK Southampton celebrates 25 years of the International Day of Older Persons

Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton staff and volunteers will be visible across the city on Thursday (Oct 1), which is the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons – a UN-backed day that recognises the important role of older people in society.

Petition calling for First to revoke changes

A petition on has been launched calling on bus company First Southampton to "revoke the chages to timetables and routes". Changes to the 12 and 13 services are causing particular concern to Townhill and Harefield residents. The petition is here.
• New Bluestar route 16

New Bluestar route 16

bluestar 16Bluestar changes the route for its 16 service from Monday, September 28: It's "being rerouted via Bitterne to fill the gap left by First 12, which was withdrawn in the east of the city a few weeks ago," and it will now bypass much of Bitterne Park, as well as St Denys and Portswood.
• Petition calling for First to revoke changes

Top marks for Tasmin

Tamsin Newlove 200px press picTamsin Newlove, who attended Bitterne Park school before studying chemistry, physics and further maths at Barton Peveril, has been placed in the top 0.7% of 8481 teenagers who completed this year’s Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

Songbird takes off at Triangle

songbird queueA queue formed at Bitterne Park Triangle on Saturday afternoon (Sept 26), as Dora's Cups and Cones transformed itself into its new guise, The Songbird Ice Cream Café and Creative Space at a sunny celebration that included live music and children's activities.

Bitterne Park - a village within a city?

swans group bigFrom the tiniest pub and Italian café in town, to our own ice cream parlour, walks by the river, rides on a miniature steam railway, period properties, nearby schools and even a club night for those who like to "get home in time to pay the babysitter" – what's not to like about Bitterne Park?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 08:07
Cars divert to make way for community arts

east st arts fest road closedThe road was closed and the sun shone as the community took over part of East Street in Southampton city centre on Saturday (Sept 26) for an arts festival that included a vibrant mix of live music, dancing, poetry, street entertainment, pop up galleries and whole lot more.

Chance to look around secondary schools

bitterneparkschoolsignIf you're a parent of a Year 6 pupil considering secondary school options, open days at Bitterne Park, Cantell and Woodlands Community College are looming. wins national funding to take part in research

Screenshot 2015-09-21 is one of only ten similar services nationally selected by innovation foundation Nesta to receive funding and support over the next few months as part of a research project.

Who wants to run a library?

Southampton City Council is appealing for “community, voluntary, not-for-profit and faith organisations to come forward to run one of the Cobbett Road, Burgess Road, Thornhill, Weston and Millbrook libraries”.

Getting your donations to refugees - update

goods in van courtesy southampton actionFollowing appeals for donations for refugees and a huge response from local people – including at St Denys Church on September 6Nicola Walters from Southampton Action gives an update on the massive sorting and shipping operation now underway.

Audio: Cobbett & five other Southampton libraries to close unless groups offer to run them

saveourlibrary2The outcome of Tuesday's cabinet meeting is that Cobbett Road Library and others could close perhaps as soon as April 2016 unless groups come forward to run them. Meanwhile residents reported they found the meeting "patronising and disrespectful". Read on for more details and to hear proceedings at cabinet on Tuesday.

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Audio: Green light from planners for new Bitterne Park secondary school

External-4Updated: Plans to build a new Bitterne Park secondary school and knock down the current one were conditionally approved on Tuesday evening (Sept 15) at a Planning and Rights of Way meeting, which heard from just one objector, as well as head teacher Susan Trigger who, as you might imagine, spoke in favour.

Read more to hear our interview with Susan Trigger after the meeting

Choose policing priorities for Bitterne Park

hants constab logo on vanHampshire Constabulary is surveying Bitterne Park residents on what they see as policing priorities from October to the end of the year.

Rainbow over the Triangle

rainbow over clock tower by Tom Sheppard
Thanks to Tom Sheppard for sending this pic in via Twitter, taken earlier on Monday at the Triangle. We always like to receive your pics of the local area - you can tweet them, or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Big Afrobeat sound as Sea Slugs busk at Triangle

sea slugs at triangle 1
There were some surreal moments, and it was a powerful sound, as The Sea Slugs belted Afrobeat across the Triangle on Sunday (Sept 13).

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.

New Yoga class at St Denys

Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes begin on Wednesday mornings at St Denys Church Centre from October 14 – contact Nuala on 023 8051 2407 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for info.

It's ciao to Sandro as Il Picchio changes hands

terry hackett il picchioIl Picchio at the Triangle has been under Sandro Filipik's watch since 2006, but now he's moved on and the popular café is under new management – with an exciting new evening menu on offer.
Left: Terry Hackett – new owner at Il Picchio

Audio: Huge response to goods for refugees appeal at St Denys

refugee response 2There were queues to unload cars at St Denys Church on Sunday as over 400 people arrived throughout the afternoon with essential items including tents, shoes, clothing, and toiletries to be sent to refugees. Read more to hear our audio interview with organiser Nicola Walters.

New website for local counselling charity

options logoOptions Wellbeing Trust, a long-established local charity offering counselling and related services, has launched a new website part funded by an award from the Digital Capability Fund, which includes information about various concerns, from stress to addictions.
Previously: Summer of sport makes gambling hot issue

Plenty of children's theatre in store at Nuffield

ladybird-012The author of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell will visit Nuffield on September 16, followed by a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ What the Ladybird Heard (photo) on September 18 & 19.

Home brewing club's first commercial beer goes on sale in September

bottle and labelA group of home brewers who started meeting this year at The Butcher's Hook pub have teamed up with a nearby brewery to create a beer which goes on sale across a string of local outlets in September.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Wesley's home!

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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.

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.

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