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Christmas Fayre on Saturday at Cobbett Road Library

santa at cobbett rd librarySanta (left!) will be in attendance in the Community Room at Cobbett Road Library's Christmas Fayre on Saturday (Nov 29), where there will also be kids' creative activities, gifts, cards, charity stalls and of course seasonal nibbles! The fun's from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
• Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

• Video: Library friends lobby council

Ho Ho Ho! It’s time for a Christmas show!

Kieran Buckeridge in Dick Whittington by Robert WorkmanIt’s that time when families and friends flock to theatres to take in an eclectic array of Christmas shows – and get that once-a-year chance to yell: “he’s behind you!” Here’s Rebecca Welton’s roundup of the biggest productions around our area.
• Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat
• How to keep it local this Christmas

School calls further public meeting over park plan

bitterne park primary school signAnother public meeting has been organised, for 7pm on Wednesday, December 3 at Bitterne Park Primary, to discuss the future of nearby parkland following recent talks between the school and community groups.

Overnight arson spree prompts police appeal

beechwood gardens burned car200pxPolice are linking five arson incidents in which cars were set alight and property was damaged around local roads during the early hours of Sunday (Nov 23). Pics: Mike Hall

Video: Library friends lobby council

library deputation nov 19 2014Friends of Cobbett Road Library's address to the council on November 19, about the council's plan to close the library or make it available for "community run initiatives", has been uploaded to YouTube. You can see it following this link. For our meeting report, click here.

Bitterne Parker: Tim O’Riordan

Tim croppedTim O'Riordan was a founder of City Eye video workshop in the 80s. His passion is still making and showing videos, and he's the host of December's Couch Fest short film festival in Bitterne Park.

Autumn Beer Festival at South Western Arms

south western armsThe South Western Arms’ Autumn Beer Festival takes place from Thursday, November 27 until Sunday 30, with 40 ales and 10 ciders promised at the St Denys pub.

Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

library deputation nov 19 2014 Rose HickmanRose Hickman, age 9, told a packed Southampton City Council chamber on Wednesday (Nov 19) that over 37% of books taken out at Cobbett Road Library are taken out by kids. The statistic was part of a powerful presentation made by friends of the library, which has been earmarked for “disposal” or "community run initiatives".
• Video: Library friends lobby council

• Friends will fight ‘devastating’ library closure plans

Couch film festival returns to Bitterne Park

couch_festRelax and watch some of the best new short films around as Couch Fest returns to Bitterne Park on Saturday, December 6.

Fruit trees at bargain prices

Transition Southampton is offering people the opportunity to buy apple, cherry and plum trees, plus raspberry canes and rhubarb crowns at bargain prices.

Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat

The Snow Queen Nuffield banner croppedFancy a frosty festive treat this Christmas? Why not take the kids along to the Nuffield’s new adaptation of The Snow Queen which opens on November 27, and which promises to melt your heart.

The lights are back!

traffic lights workingThe traffic lights at Bitterne Park Triangle were working again on Saturday evening from around 7.30pm (Nov 15) – after some four days with no lights at this busy junction.

Lindsi's book of paintings celebrates city's 50 years

lindsi with bike 200px courtesty Retina PhotographyBitterne Parker Lindsi Bluemel has created a book of 50 original paintings around Southampton as part of the ‘50 years a city’ celebrations.
Photo courtesy Retina Photography

How to keep it local this Christmas

Portswood Cycles 2Fed up with faceless chain retailers? Rather support local, independent businesses for your festive goodies? No problem. There's more on your doorstep than you might think. Here's Rebecca Welton's pick of Southampton's indies.

Christmas fayre at URC

urc xmas fayre posterThere's a Christmas fayre at the URC church in Cobden Avenue on Saturday, November 22 from 11am-2pm.

Have say on future of bus travel

bluestarbusBus operator Bluestar is offering Townhill Park residents the chance to help shape the future of its 16 service by taking part in a focus group.

Fire halts plane takeoff

Hampshire Fire and Rescue mobilised four fire appliances at around 1.15pm on Sunday (Nov 9) after a fire was spotted in the undercarriage of a plane preparing for take off at Southampton Airport with 76 passengers and four crew on board.

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.

Park plan: Meeting seeks common ground

social club meeting 2 chairsRefreshingly, given strength of recent feeling, many seemed to recognise the positive intention behind the “other side’s” views at a packed community meeting called by Friends of Riverside Park on October 28, to discuss the primary school’s proposal to take over park land and re-route a footpath.
Link: Daily Echo October 30: - Bitterne Park Primary School close to securing 25-year lease despite public's concerns

Bitterne Parker: Stephanie Chapman

Stephanie Chapman 200Known as the 'queen of hyperbole', blogger and aspiring novelist Stephanie Chapman divides her time between looking after her two sassy children, tweeting song lyrics, and dyeing her hair a spectrum of colours.

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.

Suspected arson shuts Cobden Avenue Tesco

tesco cobden signUpdate: Store re-opened by 4pm.
A suspected arson attack closed Tesco's Cobden Avenue Express store on Monday (Oct 27).

Butcher’s Hook wants outdoor seating area

butchers hook generic window signManor Farm Road micro pub The Butcher’s Hook is applying to vary its licence to allow for a small outdoor seating area at the front of the property.

Have you seen Tilly?

tillyTilly has been missing from Whitworth Court, off Whitworth Road in Bitterne Park since Sunday, and her owner is getting more and more concerned – especially with so many fireworks around, as Tilly's a nervous young cat who's never previously been further than her own garden. If you have info please call 07855 756353.

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.

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.

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...

‘Think again’ call over Bitterne Walk-in closure

bitterne walk in ctr front illuminated signUpdate: Bitterne Walk-in Centre's winter closure scrapped - BBC, Oct 31
John 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"

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.

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.

‘No closure plans’ for local Co-op stores

co-operative food sign cobden bridge storeA spokesperson for Co-operative Food has told 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.

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)

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.

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