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All Hallows church demolished

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Updated: All Hallows church at Witts Hill (SO18 4QG) has been demolished, and plans have been put in for a new children's day care facility in a two-storey building on the site.

Should we create grammar schools in Southampton, asks MP

Royston Smith The MP for Southampton Itchen, Royston Smith (Con), is running what he describes as a “local referendum” on his website, asking whether respondents are in favour of the creation of new grammar schools in Southampton.

School poster controversy makes it into national press

bitterne park secondary exteriorUpdated: Reports of a controversy over a “challenging” poster, that appears to suggest unprepared students could end up alone, depressed or worse, but which it’s claimed is intended to spark discussion and debate, have made it into the national press.

Teams wanted for inaugural ‘Opposite-The-Pub Quiz’

old chemist windows looking outOn Friday (Dec 9) The Old Chemist will be opening its doors for its inaugural ‘Opposite-The-Pub Quiz’.

Popular 'Christmas in the Triangle' event returns

Christmas in the triangle clock imageThe popular Christmas in the Triangle event, which aims to bring together traders, churches and the community with a range of festive attractions for all ages, returns to Bitterne Park on Saturday, December 17. 

Fantastic Mr Fox promises family fun at its finest

Fantastic Mr Fox 262 789 by Manuel Harlan cropped A brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox receives its world première at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, where it opens on Wednesday (Nov 30), and runs until January 8.

More ‘quality dad time’ as Lego breakfast returns to Old Chemist

lego breakfast dads and kids‘Lego breakfast’ for dads and kids is back “by popular demand” on Saturday, December 10 at The Old Chemist – and it’s hoped further sessions will be booked over the winter months.

Autism Friendly Chill-Out Sessions at Southampton Central Library

central librarySouthampton City Libraries are running a series of autism friendly sessions in the seminar rooms of the Central Library, Civic Centre, SO14 7LW.

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'Positive vibe' at Cobbett Hub for Christmas Fayre & theatre performances

cobbett rd library xmas 2016Friends of Cobbett Road Library report that their Christmas Fayre on Saturday (Nov 26) was a throughly successful and enjoyable day, with more children than ever before visiting Santa, and lots of new faces through the door, for both the Fayre, and also for the performances of ‘Our Neck of the Woods’ which followed. 

Keep it local this holiday season

shop local underCC share alike 3Fed up with the same old ‘clone town’ high street shops? Never fear, there’s a wealth of local independent businesses around the city. Using them puts your cash back into the local economy, and you can often enjoy personal service from members of your own community. From making it yourself, to food, drink and gifts, Clare Diaper takes a look at the best of Southampton's indies this festive season.

Have your say on council’s proposed £42.3 million budget cuts

civic centre gp 460 stylisedSouthampton City Council is consulting over new budget proposals to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government.

Artist appeals for return of irreplaceable etching plates

dimond road signA collection of unique etching plates – the result of over two years’ work and of no value to anyone else – was stolen from an artist's car parked in Dimond Road on Tuesday night (Nov 15).

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Cash and jewellery taken in Bullar Road burglary

bullar rd signJewellery including gold and diamond earrings worth £600 and a watch worth £200 were taken along with around £1000 in cash from a Bullar Road address in Bitterne Park on Friday, September 11.

R4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ looks at Southampton’s air quality

port sunset copyrightBBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group.
• Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light

Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk

drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures reveal that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.

Police crack down on use of mobile phones behind wheel

phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire police officers have joined a nationwide crackdown on those using their phones behind the wheel.

St Denys Christmas Bazaar

st denys xmas bazaar graphicThe Christmas Bazaar at St Denys Church takes place on Saturday, December 10, from 12 – 2pm, with craft stalls, activities, live entertainmen, a pop-up café and more. Entry 50p.

Southampton’s clock tower turning purple for pancreatic cancer awareness

southampton civic centre clock tower under cc2 by david blaikieThe Liver and Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity based from Southampton General Hospital are teaming up with Southampton City Council and Live Nation this November to turn the Civic Centre and Guildhall purple as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month. 

H Palace for sale

h-palace nightTriangle Chinese and Thai restaurant and takeaway H Palace is listed as being on the market on a business sales website.

No reopening date for Triangle charity shop

barnardosBarnardo’s have said that they don’t know when their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop will reopen, following structural damage inside.

Midanbury PO reopens post revamp

midanbury post office post revamp nov 16Midanbury Post Office reopened as planned on November 1 following a revamp, although it looks as if stock is still being arranged inside. The cash machine is now running again, and the branch will be offereing slightly longer opening hours and some extra services. See our previous story for details of new hours.

How to add events to our What's On page

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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.

Triangle newsagent on the market

newsagent triangleA convenience store at Bitterne Park Triangle appears from a listing on to be on the market.

Cobden Bridge retirement flat developments

McCarthy and Stone retirement flats Southampton It looks like things are really getting going at the McCarthy and Stone site by Cobden Bridge, where 51 one- and two-bedroom retirement apartments are being been built.
• Ekco Radio sign 'won't be visible long term'
• Could be long wait for bus shelter

Whitworth Crescent: explaining recent tree works

whitworth trees1Following on from our previous story, 'Will trees get the chop?', about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, an arboricultural consultant who works for the company which recently removed a large poplar tree and pollarded another on the road wrote in to explain what's been happening.

The mystery of the Mansbridge pump

mansbridge pump 200px LWGil Shelley writes to ask if any readers know who is responsible for this large blue diesel pump on the towpath by the river at Mansbridge, and why it’s there?

Stay warm and well this winter says Age UK Southampton

noone should have nooneAs the clocks turn back and the nights draw in Age UK Southampton is busying itself for the winter months by launching its annual winter health campaign.

Southampton Pride of Place evolving exhibition opens

caravan galleryAn exhibition that explores the character of Southampton is now open – and evolving, as residents contribute their own artwork, artifacts or stories about the city.

Join library art group

sculptureThe exciting local event earlier this month, as Cobbett Road Library celebrated the 25th birthday of its statue, Art Within Reach, allowed us to see an exhibition of paintings by Dot Winteridge, who modelled for the statue and is herself an accomplished artist. The exhibition of Dot’s work includes some beautiful landscapes and is well worth a visit, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.


Future in doubt at Bitterne Park Hotel

bitterne park hotel exterior March 2016Update: The Bitterne Park Hotel said on its Facebook page that it closed on Friday night (Oct 28).
The Bitterne Park Hotel could be closing again as soon as Monday (October 31), having only reopened under new management in August.

Still time to get involved with End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out

ssj sleepout press shot croppedEvery night there are around 83,000 young people in the UK with no safe space to go to sleep, according to city homelessness charity Society of St James (SSJ), which is inviting people to get involved with this year’s End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out fundraiser on November 11.

Video: Black swans come ashore; one worse for wear

swans from video2Click through to see the black swans filmed by the Itchen at the Pettinger Gardens park. Unfortunately one seems to have suffered some damage: it can still walk and swim but probably not fly, we're told. Thanks to Catherine Wright for this video.

Help save Southampton Scrapstore!

scrap store website image used with permissionSouthampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5
• Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running

13-year-old robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way

townhill way signA 13-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way, close to Moorlands Community Centre.

Cyclists urged to tighten security after spate of bike thefts

bikes by riverside treePolice say they recorded 54 cycle thefts between September 12 and October 12 around Southampton, and are urging cyclists to secure their bikes using D-locks.
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Solent devolution: Southampton approves combined authority plans

civic centreSouthampton City Council says plans for a Solent Combined Authority took a big step forward on October 19 as  it became the second local authority to agree to formalise an application to government for a devolution deal for the Solent region.

Funding boost for local kids' projects
SO18 big local logo smallLocal children will be supported to get reading, get messy and get moving after funds were awarded to various projects aimed at improving outcomes for children in the SO18 Big Local area, which covers parts of Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park.
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Southampton Ukes smash crowdfunding target in just 36 hours

Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had set a deadline of November 14 to meet their £2,000 target to crowdfund a documentary, walked it to their total in only 36 hours – and now say they want to “go large” and raise even more funds.

Audio / Video: Sculptor revisits his work at Cobbett Library - 25 years on

kevin atherton with statueKevin Atherton, creator of the well-known 'Art within Reach' statue at Cobbett Hub & Library – pictured left – was just one of many celebrating the bronze statue's 25th anniversary on Saturday (Oct 15). Click through to hear Kevin chatting about the work, and for more pictures from the day - as well as a short video of the statue's 're-unveiling', and another video made in 1990 when it was first seen.

Third arson attack at Riverside 'dragon' park

dragonSouthampton City Council have said on their "Play" Facebook page that there's been a third attack on the tunnel that links the two play units at the 'Dragon Park', and called for extra vigilance as we approach Halloween and Bonfire night.

Will trees get the chop?

whitworth crescent sign 460We understand there are concerns about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, and that other trees could face the chop in Bitterne Precinct.

Midanbury Post Office to close for revamp

midanbury post officeMidanbury Post Office is to close for a fortnight, from Tuesday, October 18 until Tuesday, November 1, for refurbishment work.

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