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Sick of planes?
Southampton People's Climate Demonstration

climate emergency under cc2 by Takver
Part of a global climate march - for climate, justice and jobs - people will be meeting to show leaders that “we want our future to be powered with clean energy, to have clean air to breathe and a stable climate”, on Sunday (Nov 29) at Guildhall Square, 1-4pm. More info.
Pic under CC2 by Takver
What should Southampton do to tackle climate change?

Call to open up empty buildings for Southampton's homeless

38 degrees homeless petitionA petition on the 38 Degrees website calls on Southampton City Council to “follow Manchester City Council's lead and open up empty and structurally safe buildings for the homeless this winter”.

• PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?

Video/pics: Black swans and cygnets at Riverside Park

DSCF0698How are the black swans and their cygnets doing on the Itchen near Riverside Park? The answer seems to be just fine. In fact they were drawing in quite a few onlookers by the jetty, and keeping the white swans at bay on Sunday afternoon (Nov 22). Click through to see a few pics, as well as a short low res video clip.

Athelstan Road: £10 stolen in pink & white piggy bank

coins stockxA “small pink and white piggy bank” containing £10 was stolen from an Athelstan Road address sometime between November 13 and 20, police say.

Urban(e) foraging and climate riverside walk

riverside park footpath 460Join Clare Diaper and Alan the 'Urbane Forager' for a walk along our riverside, “spotting fruit and nut trees ready for foraging next year, as well as looking at how climate change and sea level rise may affect our local land scape” on Sunday (Nov 29).
• Southampton People's Climate Demonstration

PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?

portswood in rain mono cropped 200px by nick jamesSouthampton City Council is consulting over plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders, giving new powers in five locations including the city centre and Portswood Broadway, where it says begging and street drinking have caused problems.
Photo courtesy Nick James
• Call to open up empty buildings for Southampton's homeless

Veg Shed back regularly at Bitterne Park on Saturdays

veg shed Nov 15 1It's good news for residents of Bitterne Park who want to buy fresh, local fruit and veg as new organisers say popular pop-up stall The Veg Shed will be back on a regular basis on Saturdays at the Triangle.

Video: Graham picks the lucky draw winners!

We recently asked you to complete our reader survey, and we'd like to thank all those who did: it was an excellent response, and we'll be using that information to help develop the site for the future. And local traders also offered some excellent incentives for those entering the optional draw.

Elderly Macnaghten Road man burgled as he watched TV

macnaghten road sign 460An elderly Macnaghten Road resident was burgled on Sunday night while he sat watching television.

Upcoming roadworks in Bitterne Park

bollardBond Road, from St Catherine's Road to Dimond Hill, is scheduled to close for work from November 23-25. There will be temporary lights on part of Dimond Road (from house 31) up to Bond Road over the period, and there are also upcoming roadworks on Thorold Road and Mousehole Lane.

Lost in fog: shots from the bridge

fog3 tom sheppardThanks to Tom Sheppard for these shots from Thursday (Nov 12) of some rather foggy views of Bitterne Park from Cobden Bridge.

Concerns over plans to cut firefighter numbers

Dale McEwan reports for That's Solent TV from a meeting on November 9 at St Denys Church, Dundee Road, called to discuss concerns over fire service cuts in Hampshire. Further information from Hants Fire and Rescue and links to their public consultation can be found on their website.

Man attacked and robbed at Bitterne home

police carTwo men forced their way into a Macarthur Crescent home in Bitterne, assaulted a man and made off with cash and a phone in what police think was a case of mistaken identity.

Merlin announced as Nuffield's Christmas show

merlin nuffieldSouthampton’s Nuffield theatre promises to be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot this Christmas to tell the story of young Merlin and his childhood friends as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime.

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.
Get £100 cashback on Freego Electric bikes (except folders) from Nov 1st-Dec 31st!

The perfect day to get your brolly fixed!

repair cafe brolly2A brolly was one of many items brought for fixing to Repair Café at Cobbett Road Library on a somewhat rainy Saturday morning (Nov 7).

Bitterne Park Triangle newsagent loses alcohol licence

sna off licence signThe SNA newsagent at Bitterne Park Triangle has lost its licence to sell alcohol following the previous arrest of the shop owner, according to The Daily Echo. Their story is here.

Charlie's chippy closing for upgrades

charlies lee and bevCharlie's fish and chip shop closes on Saturday (Nov 7) from 8pm until Friday (Nov 13) at noon for kitchen upgrades and while a new fryer is fitted.
Previously: Watch our behind-the-scenes video and see how chips are made at Charlie's

Library campaigners ask minister for local inquiry

sculptureSouthampton library campaigners have written to John Whittingdale, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, requesting a local inquiry into library provision in the city – in a move backed by Itchen's MP Royston Smith (Con).

Top tips to keep older people warm and well this winter

person in hat scarf and gloves Credit Age UKAge UK Southampton and the Met Office have joined forces for the fifth year running to warn older people and their carers about imminent cold snaps, so they can take simple precautions to stay warm and well. Here are their top tips for keeping cosy during the coldest months.

Cobden Rowing Club membership card from 1947

cobden rowing club frontHere's a fascinating piece of memorabilia kindly sent by Caroline Brook-Jackson: it's an image of her grandfather's 1947 season membership card for Cobden Rowing Club. Read on to find out the 21 rules of the club - including rule six: "That Ladies be excluded from membership"!

Bitterne Walk-in Centre shuts for good

bitterne walk in save it protest Oct 15Updated Bitterne Walk-in Centre closes permanently at the end of Saturday (Oct 31), despite a vocal camaign against cutting the popular NHS service.

Labour selects Bitterne Park ward candidate

stephen fenerty pressLabour has selected its candidate to fight for a Bitterne Park ward seat in the May 2016 council elections.

Large hall of residence for Portswood

portswood road signPlans for a large student hall of residence on Portswood Road next to Sainsbury's have been approved. See our sister site for a video report from That's Solent TV (Freeview channel 8).

Micro pub for Portswood?

beerPlans to change the use of a Portswood shop so it can be turned into a micro pub, perhaps similar in style to The Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park, are now before the council. For more details see our site.

Colours of autumn: fast food containers photographed

20151025 111417It isn't just leaves that seem to be falling this autumn. On a short walk from the top of Dell Road, down the hill to Copswood Road, left up Copsewood to Castle Road and then down as far as Dimond Road, we took 34 photos of different discarded hot foot containters on pavements, in bushes and behind fences. So here's an autumnal photographic collection – with, and without tomato sauce.

Bitterne Park tea party celebrates Alice in Wonderland

mad hatters at cobbett rd2Mad Hatters reportedly popped up everywhere at a tea and fancy dress party held at Cobbett Road Library on Saturday (Oct 24) to celebreate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll's enormously influential fantasy Alice in Wonderland.

Audio: Chris Packham calls for compromise over threatened Southampton libraries

chris packham 200pxSpeaking in Portswood yesterday (Oct 22), TV naturalist and local man Chris Packham called for “fair compromise” for the five Southampton branch libraries under threat when council funding is withdrawn next year.

Audio: Ten years of - editor interviewed celebrates its tenth birthday this year. In this audio, Catherine Wright chats to editor Guy Phillips about buggies, bombs, and some of the other highlights over the last decade – as well as some plans for the site's future.

Audio | Bitterne Walk-in: 'Refer closure decision to secretary of state' - protesters

bitterne walk in centre protesterA Saturday lunchtime protest outside the NHS Bitterne Walk-in Centre spelled out objections to the health authority's decision to shut the facility for good on October 31. 

• Decision to close NHS Walk-in Centre slated

Video: Take a trip behind the scenes at Charlie's chippy

Charlie's was purpose built as a fish and chip shop in 1931. In this special video report, we go behind the scenes to learn some of the tricks of the trade. How do you cut up enough chips for a busy Friday night? How far does the cellar under the shop extend beneath the Triangle pavement? And how do you lift 37 kilos of chips from cellar to shop, ready for frying? We learn the answers to all these questions and plenty more besides in this 13-minute video exclusive.

More shots of black swans with their cygnets

black swans4Thanks to Jackie Read for these stunning shots of the black swan couple on the Itchen with their cygnets. Read on for more....

Bitterne Park Triangle newsagent arrested

The Daily Echo reports that a Bitterne Park Triangle newsagent has been arrested. Their story is here.

Going back in time, before e-cigs, and tapas...

e-cig shopCan anyone advise Wilma Grierson, who writes to ask about how to contact a shop that apparently "sold metal frames for mirrors", where the e-cigarette shop is now.

Bells sound at St Denys following church repairs

St Denys ChurchSt Denys Church reports that building works, which saw extensive repairs made to windows, roofing, stonework and rainwater goods as well as to the bell tower, are now complete, enabling the bells to sound for the first time in years! Click through for more pictures.

Plans for Townhill Park estate redevelopment open for comment

townhill park community centre460Plans for the “enhancement and part-redevelopment of the Townhill Park estate with 675 new dwellings following demolition” are now available for comment.

Changes at Southampton's drop in centre for young people

No Limits High Street 460No Limits, Southampton's drop in centre for children and young people, is to close its Sholing and Shirley drop-in centres so it can open in the city centre six days a week. 

Help Glenfield Infant School raise funds

Friends of Glenfield Infant School are renting tables at forthcoming fayres in the coming months to raise funds for library and play equipment, and asking local traders for prizes for a raffle. If you're interested in either, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

Your buggy?
buggyThis buggy has been reported left in the street, perhaps appropriately in Nursery Road, on Monday night (Oct 5) between 3pm on Monday and 6.30am on Tuesday - possibly after the school run, and fortunately with no one in it. If it's yours you may still be in time to collect it...
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. 

Decision to close NHS Walk-in Centre slated

Why consult?
bitterne walk in ctr walking in
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).

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.

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