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22 November 2017

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Keeping Bitterne tidy

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Bitterne litter pickers at their last meetup – in the rain to clear much of the area behind Bitterne Road Sainsbury’s and the Red Lion underpass, as well as the park between Redlands Drive and Spring Road
A group of volunteers who meet every three weeks for just one hour to target a major litter hotspot in Bitterne will hold their last litter pick of the year on Sunday November 26.

 
Exploring stories of items found in books

ephemera of books flyerAn event at October Books in Portswood on Wednesday (Nov 22) explores the stories of items found in secondhand books, such as postcards, letters and train tickets. Read more on porstwood.info.

 
Get your message across with a Promoted Post!

promotedmegaphonemanGive your event, class, product, service, vacancy or offer a boost with Promoted Posts on bitternepark & portswood.info, and make sure you get coverage – on our sites, in our digest & on social – for the unbeatable price of just £35! Learn more and get started...

 
Put your festive socks on and brighten a young person’s day

no limits appeal single sockSouthampton youth charity No Limits has launched a Christmas Socks appeal, which will see individuals, organisations, local schools and colleges get involved with wearing festive socks to raise money for vulnerable young people across the city.

 
West End hit Hetty Feather comes to Southampton this Christmas

Hetty Feather 460 copyright Helen MurrayNuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) welcomes the Olivier Award nominated and West End hit production Hetty Feather, based on the book by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, to NST Campus from November 21.

 
Chance to meet Father Christmas at Cobbett Christmas Fayre

cobbett rd library xmas 2016Father Christmas is back for the Friends of Cobbett Road Library Christmas Fayre on the last Saturday of the month – November 25.

 
Vote to banish school’s playing field mud

Bitterne Manor Primary School wants your vote to be in with a chance of winning funds so it can replace its muddy school playing field with an all-weather, multi-purpose pitch.

 

 
On the lookout for Woodcraft Folk

Apple  pressing reducedThe Southampton Woodcraft Folk, a local group for children and young people, is inviting children and their grown-ups to come along to a local session and find out more.

 
Pedestrian in critical condition following Bitterne Road West collision

bitterne rd west signPolice are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was left in a critical condition following a collision with a taxi opposite the BP petrol station on Bitterne Road West on Sunday (Nov 12).

 
Raising funds for a defibrillator in St Denys

defibrillator-809448 640 pixabayThere's a meeting on Tuesday (Nov 14) for those interested in getting a defibrillator for St Denys.

 
Christmas in the Triangle event set to return

christmas in the triangle 2016 carol singersThere are hopes the popular Christmas in the Triangle event, which aims to bring together traders, churches and the community, will return this year on Saturday, December 16.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

portswood cycles black friday mega sale
Find out more about Portswood Cycles' Black Friday Mega Sale on their Facebook page!
Advertising feature: 
Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

 
Retirement Living apartments available to buy off-plan from December

McCarthy&Stone BitternePark Cam01 WEB (Medium)Advertising feature: McCarthy & Stone’s brand new waterfront Retirement Living development is coming soon to Bitterne Park and will be available to buy off-plan from December 2017!

 
Dad's Lego Breakfast returning to Old Chemist

lego breakfast dads and kids‘Lego breakfast’ for dads and kids is back on Saturday, November 25 at The Old Chemist.

 
Southern Water extends deadline for community groups to apply for funding

southern water treatment works signCommunity groups and initiatives in the Portswood area now have until the end of November to apply for a Southern Water grant of up to £2,000.

 
Zombie Invasion raises £260 for charity

zombie zone 2 2017 460 A MainwringVisitors to a Halloween display at a Bitterne Park house raised £260 for charity on Tuesday evening.

 
Hyperlocal headlines now available on Alexa devices

If you own an Alexa device, which is “an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon”, you can now ask it to read summaries of the latest stories from bitternepark.info and portswood.info – as demonstrated in this video.

 

 
Information day about Boathouse retirement apartments

mccarthyandstone boathouse nov1Retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone is inviting Southampton retirees to find out more about its Boathouse development, currently under construction by Cobden Bridge, at an information day in Highfield on November 9.

 
Warn elderly relatives about calls from fake officers, urge police

fraud alert sign pixabayPolice are urging members of the public to warn elderly relatives about phone calls from fake police officers after three people in their 80s gave a total of £25,000 to fraudsters.

 
Accessible carriage launched for Riverside steam railway

wheelchair in new carA new accessible carriage was launched at the miniature steam railway at Riverside Park at the weekend (Oct 22), offering wheelchair access to train rides for the first time.

 
Dancing Regency style at Cobbett Library

regency dancers FOCRLIt was a celebration of everything Austen – and everything cake, at Cobbett Hub and Library at the weekend (Oct 21).

 
Riverside geese fall 'fowl' of Storm Ophelia

geese at riverside3The glinting silver geese at Riverside Park near Cobden Bridge have been brought down following damage by Storm Ophelia.

 
Free courses: Get to know your tablet and phone

smart phone under cc2 by Japanexperterna dot se Free courses in Bitterne, Portswood and Shirley are starting in November designed to help new owners get more out of their Android or Apple tablet or phone.

 
CCTV released following robbery from Bitterne Park shop

triangle newsagent oct 17Police want to identify a man as part of enquiries into a robbery at a convenience store in Bitterne Park.

 
Roadworks on the cards for Cobden Avenue

cobden ave temp lightsDrivers have been negotiating roadworks as repairs are made to a sewer, said to have been ruptured by the falling tree which blocked Cobden Avenue on September 22  - and it looks as if further work is on the cards for Cobden Avenue…

 
Ever wondered what the view's like from the crane?

Bitterne park 06-10-17 006 (002)The McCarthy & Stone crane's been a feature of our landscape for some time, but have you ever wondered what the view's like for the operator? Well wonder no more, as we bring you a selection of shots taken earlier this month...

 
Have say on local policing priorities

police mirror textThe police are conducting a survey to help them “set community policing priorities for the next three months” for Harefield and Bitterne Park. You can take part from this link.

 
Mayor officially opens Riverside Park games area

muga official opening2Friends of Riverside Park chair Doug Perry said at an official opening ceremony on Tuesday (Oct 3) that finally seeing the Riverside Park multi-use games area (MUGA) in action after 11 years was like a “dream come true”.

 
Bitterne Park Hotel reportedly reopening this month

bitterne park hotel shutters down aug 17The Bitterne Park Hotel is said to be reopening ‘mid-October’.

 
Chance to find out about M27 Junctions scheme

bitterne road westPublic exhibitions are taking place on Friday and Saturday (Sept 29/30), and next week, as part of a consultation on plans for major work to junction 8 of the M27 and the A3024 corridor – Northam Road, Bitterne Road West and Bursledon Road through to Six Dials.

 
Hard-hitting billboard 'welcomes' drivers to Southampton

welcome to southampton billboard PR shotA large billboard has sprung up on Bevois Valley Road welcoming drivers to Southampton – and to what it describes as “Roads so polluted they’ll leave you breathless”.

 
Council reassures over safety following Cobden tree fall

supervisorUpdate: Cobden Avenue reopened about 9pm
As work continued on Friday  to clear the tree that fell onto Cobden Avenue just before 8am, the council released a statement about tree safety.

• Tree misses traffic as it falls onto Cobden Avenue in rush hour

 
New eye service available to residents with a Southampton city GP

eye PR shotRather than attending the eye emergency department for less serious eye conditions, Southampton residents registered with a city GP can now make an appointment with the ‘minor eye condition service’ (MECS) at participating opticians, and be assessed by an accredited optometrist.

 
Townhill Park: Work to start on homes for affordable rent

townhill park plot 1 phase 1 pr shot 460The council says work's due to start this month building 56 affordable homes on the corner of Meggeson Avenue and Townhill Way, as part of a wider plan for 665 new homes at Townhill Park.
• Townhill regeneration consultation closes on October 1

 
‘Love the Triangle’ – plans anticipated

triangle pixelated 460Council officers are expected to be coming back shortly to a ‘Love the Triangle’ group of residents with a plan of achievable improvements at the Triangle.

 
Autumn comedy at The Point

The PointBy Kieran James
This autumn The Point presents some of the UK’s best touring comedians including satirical comedy and traditional stand-up.

 
Retirement flats heading upwards

mccarthy stone development bitterne parkHere's a recent peek around the Cobden Bridge hoarding at the emerging McCarthy & Stone development 'The Boathouse'.

 
Residents urged to secure property following recent break-ins

police mirror textPolice have warned residents to secure property following recent shed and garage break-ins in the area.

 
Townhill regeneration consultation closes on October 1

meggeson avenue hoarding2The council’s consultation on its “draft decommissioning and acquisition policies and proposed regeneration of Townhill Park” closes on Sunday, October 1, and there’s a further drop-in session about proposed changes coming up.
• Townhill Park: Work to start on homes for affordable rent

 
Special needs steam railway carriage on track for October launch

miniature railway hoopsVolunteers who run the miniature railway in Riverside Park are to launch a special needs carriage capable of taking wheelchair users on train rides.

 
City’s Clothes Bank moves to Bitterne Park

clothes rail 460Southampton’s Clothes Bank, which provides donated clothing to those in need, has moved its base from St Mary’s to Bitterne Park.

 
More food waste dumped in Riverside Park

20170829 083630Following similar incidents earlier in the year, there’s been another instance of food waste being dumped at the Cobden Bridge end of Riverside Park.

 
Houseboat planning proposals up for decision

whitworth crescent street sceneA change is being sought to houseboat planning permission conditions on the riverside plot in Whitworth Crescent known locally as Glass Island.

 
Art of Heritage Festival postponed until spring

art of heritage logo 200 2016The Art of Heritage Festival (AoH), a three-day celebration of local art and culture which was scheduled for September 8-10 in St Denys, has been postponed until the spring due to “unavoidable and unpredictable personal circumstances”.

 
Bitterne Park property market still strong – agent

bitterne park properties stylisedThe Bitterne Park property market remains buoyant despite a “slowdown” in Southampton, according to a local estate agent.

 
Another Southampton music venue seeks crowdfunding

Hobbit music signJust a couple of weeks after we reported the crowdfunding efforts of The Joiners, another local music venue is now fundraising, because of what it describes as “crippling” costs.

 
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