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Sandro: book of remembrance, and funeral

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A 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).

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.

Southampton's Environmental Rock back for bank holiday

environmental rock pr shotBANK HOLIDAY MONDAY Southampton’s annual family-friendly eco festival 'Environmental Rock' is back at the Hobbit pub (SO14 0JZ) on bank holiday Monday (May 30), combining environmental awareness with entertainment for all ages.

Canoe club races on Itchen

canoe race riverside3 by sandra revellOur stretch of the Itchen was awash with canoeists on Sunday (May 22) as Southampton Canoe Club held their Hasler Marathon over four, eight and 12-mile courses passing Riverside Park.

Gardeners' and craft fayre promises excellent family day out

solent gardeners fayre suppliedA popular gardeners' and craft fayre, with the added attractions of music and entertainment, takes place on June 5.

Become more deaf aware

central libraryAs a follow-up to this year’s Deaf Awareness Week, Southampton Libraries are holding an event at Central Library on Thursday May 26, from 10 am to 4 pm, to raise awareness of organisations and agencies offering support to people who are facing hearing loss.

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Bitterne Park Beaver, Cub and Scout groups seek volunteers

scout-34341 640 pixabayGrowing Bitterne Park Beaver, Cub and Scout groups are appealing for volunteers. There's more information on our Noticeboard here.
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Photos: Firework Factory fire aftermath

13248485 10153529546220913 5675417745878852741 oIn this series of stark images, photographer Ben Quextal records the aftermath of last week's fire at the Firework Factory shop on Bitterne Road West, Southampton, which closed Bitterne Road West for around 18 hours and involved ten fire crews. Read on for more.

Previously - Video: Huge fire at Bitterne Road firework shop

Video: Huge fire at Bitterne Road firework shop

A huge fire broke out this morning (May 13) at the Flower, and Fireworks Factory (in fact a firework shop, not a factory), on Bitterne Road West, closing local roads and causing rush hour congestion east of the river. Read on for more pics and tweets. Video: ©Tim Forcer
• Bitterne Road West likely to stay partially closed overnight

Second micropub for Portswood?

tramstop bar portswood roadPlans are reportedly afoot to convert the former Portswood Road Surgery, opposite Trago Lounge, into another micropub, according to Hop Press magazine.

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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.

Conservative Ivan White holds Bitterne Park seat

Labour retains control of Southampton City Council

Ivan White 200px Ivan White has held on to his Bitterne Park ward council seat for the Conservatives, beating Labour's  Stephen Fenerty by 175 votes. But Labour has retained control of Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5.

Call for volunteers as Cobbett Road becomes community library

cobbett rd librar sunCobbett Road Library – soon to continue life without council funding as a 'community library' – is appealing for volunteers.

Portswood bank to slash opening hours

Portswood's last of the 'big four' banks, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25. More on

Allotment association offers chance to buy plants at discount

Witts Hill AllotmentsSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) holds annual plant sales during May, offering the chance to buy young plants and seedlings for your garden or plot at discount prices.

Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit

smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.

Doctors strike in Southampton

nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).

Riverside geese flying proud following refurbishment

sarah in tree with-geese3cropped Ben QuextalThe shiny geese of Riverside Park have been refurbished and are now flying proud again following a crowd funding campaign which beat its £700 target in just 24 hours.
Pic: Artist Sarah Filmer working on her geese installation. Photo: Ben Quextal

Crowds cheer runners through Bitterne Park

runner ukes1Crowds were out in force on Sunday morning to cheer half marathon runners through Bitterne Park Triangle and Riverside Park, where Southampton Ukulele Jam, pictured, offered encouragement near Woodmill. Click through for more pics.

Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Police have now issued a second 'E-fit' image following an assault in Riverside Park earlier in the month that left a 12-year-old with serious injuries.

Clean Air Zone launched – but does it go far enough?

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxThe Labour-led council has announced a voluntary 'Clean Air Zone' to cover the whole of Southampton before a compulsory zone is required by 2020, but new pressure group Clean Air Southampton has said the measures don't go far enough.

Nominate your favourite green space for award

Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.

Police issue E-fit after serious assault at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice have issued an 'Efit' image following the assault in Riverside Park on Thursday, April 7 that left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries. Click here to view and for police contact details, and to read our previous report on this incident click here.
• Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Call for traffic management survey of St Denys

priory rd 20 zoneFollowing a March meeting in St Denys organised by the Green Party about traffic issues, a petition's now been launched calling on Southampton council to “urgently initiate a full traffic management survey” of the area.

Weaverbird Workshops aim to get people inspired by crafts

logoWeaverbird Workshops, starting in May at St Mary's College on Midanbury Lane, aim to create a social group that gets local people involved in and inspired by crafts, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.

Proposal to cut opening times at waste & recycling centres

container-688939 640 200pxpixabaySouthampton City Council is consulting over a proposal to cut the number of opening hours, or days, at its recycling centre.

Video: Pollution in Southampton - 'We really must now act'

cleanairvidscreenshot200pxSpeaking at the launch of Clean Air Southampton , co-founder Colin MacQueen said a special 'Smogmobile' vehicle had been monitoring air quality during the rush hour, and average readings were roughly 50% above safe limits. Read more to watch our video report.

Copsewood Road fixed

copsewood carriageway collapseCopsewood Road re-opened on Wednesday (April 13), having been closed following a “carriageway collapse” over Easter weekend.

Now only two black cygnets by Riverside Park

black swans 2 cygnets
It's thought that only two of this year's new black swan cygnets have so far survived. Here's what we think happened to the other three.

Thanks to @noiseyBurd for the pic

Police appeal after 12-year-old seriously assaulted at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice are appealing for witnesses after what's described as a serious assault on a 12-year-old boy at Riverside Park on Thursday (April 7).

'Litter getting worse' at Riverside - groundsman

litter riverside darren vincent 075710reducedIt's not all sunsets and cygnets in Bitterne Park: this is one of several photos taken near the skate park after the weekend (April 4) by Darren Vincent , the groundsman at Riverside Park, whose experience is that the "litter is getting worse".

Cream tea celebration for Cobbett Library staff past & present

cobbettcreamteaSaturday afternoon (April 2) saw a packed Cobbett Road Library community room, as library staff past and present, as well as library friends, enjoyed a cream tea and were thanked for their contributions to the institution over the years.


Bridge incident causes traffic chaos!

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BREAKING!!!traffic chaosLIVE!!!

The Incident Team have now lifted a rush hour embargo, and we're able to bring you this video report on chaotic scenes earlier on Cobden Bridge, during an apparent incident just after 8am on Friday.

Footpath diversion delayed

riverside park footpath behind schoolA scheme to divert the footpath behind Bitterne Park Primary School, so part of Riverside Park can be enclosed mainly for the school's use, has hit a delay because plans have been rejected by the government's Planning Inspectorate.

Change for Bitterne Park Hotel?

bitterne park hotel could you run this pubEnterprise Inns is advertising its Cobden Avenue pub The Bitterne Park to potential new publicans.

Free family singing workshops across Southampton libraries

choral clans logoSaturday, April 2  will see the next in a series of free community singing workshops taking place in libraries across Southampton as part of Choral Clans, a project started in October 2015 by Southampton Music Hub – writes Madeleine O’Beirne.

New Southampton trail brings art beyond galleries this spring

Roam - Cristina Evans v2reducedBringing art into unusual spaces, as well as regular places used by everyone, ROAM is an arts trail organised by K6 Gallery which will pop up around Southampton this spring. K6 sent us this preview.

School building: More lorry movements expected in April

secondary school gates construction signBitterne Park School has posted an update about its building programme, and warns of more lorry movements over the next month as topsoil and subsoil is removed from the main building footprint.

Autism advice sessions in Townhill Park

Autism Hampshire hold free advice and guidance sessions in April and May for people with an interest in autism, and who live, work or use services in Midanbury, Harefield and Townhill Park.

Appeal to keep Riverside geese flying beats target in 24 hours

geese sparklingThe crowdfunding campaign to keep the shiny geese flying at Riverside Park beat its £700 target in just 24 hours.

'Bright and busy future' forecast for Cobbett Road Library

chris packham with library group by Steve HickmanThe council has confirmed that Social Care in Action (SCA) and Unexpected Places (UP) have been successful in their bid to run Cobbett Road Library, where council funding is shortly set to stop. Other groups will run other threatened Southampton branch libraries.

70,000 will fail to qualify for state pension under new rules, says charity

Age UK Southampton Logo copyAround 50,000 women and 20,000 men in their fifties and sixties are set to miss out entirely on the new state pension between now and 2030 because they don’t have the minimum number of qualifying years under new rules, according to charity Age UK.

Petition opposes public space protection orders in Southampton

Homeless detail by SLR Jester under CC2A new petition opposing public space protection orders in Southampton, which petitioners say "pose a threat to civil liberties and [criminalise] homelessness and begging," has been launched on website 38 Degrees.

Black swans: all grown up!

050Tony Bunday sends these latest shots of our local black swan 'cygnets', all grown up and flying!

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