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Duck race draws bank holiday crowds

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The annual duck race from Mansbridge to Woodmill drew a large crowd in fine weather on Monday (Aug 29). Southampton Solent Lions and Swanwick Lions organise the event to raise funds for charity. Members of the public sponsor a numbered plastic duck in the hope of it coming in first and bringing home a £250 prize.

Bitterne Park’s penny-farthing man

Meet Mark Metcalfe, the Bitterne Park man you may have seen riding a penny-farthing by the river.

Bitterne Parker: Sandrine Maugy

Sandrinetulips200pxA botanical and textile artist as well as a writer and teacher, Sandrine Maugy is French. She lives in Manor Farm Road with husband Richard, and their pet rabbit Queen Penelope. She claims some people are "planning to turn the airport into a park and rabbit sanctuary"...

Bank holiday bins & prescriptions in Southampton

pharmacysignRead on if you’re looking for a bank holiday chemist in Southampton or want to know about bin collections during bank holiday week.

Bitterne Park Hotel set to reopen for bank holiday weekend

Krista Campbell Bitterne Park Hotel 200The Bitterne Park Hotel is set to reopen on Friday (Aug 24 26), with new licensee at the helm and music acts booked for the bank holiday weekend.

Do you know mystery man who rescued Nero from river?

rebecca with nero croppedA mystery man, so far known only as Dave, jumped into the River Itchen on Saturday and rescued Rebecca Hutton’s black spaniel, Nero – and now Rebecca would like to track down Dave to thank him properly.

Pride comes to Southampton

pride flag pixabay photo 200pxSunday (August 28) sees Pride come to Southampton – a "one-day rainbow-filled extravaganza for the city’s LGBT population and their friends, family and supporters" open to everyone, and featuring a community parade through town, family-friendly activities, live music and entertainment.

Pics: New Bitterne Park School: 'Work progressing well'

kier1 200xConstruction contractors Kier report that work has been progressing well on the new Bitterne Park School, which is being completely rebuilt.

Man assaulted with craft knife in St Denys

st denys road signA man was assaulted with what's thought to have been a craft knife on St Denys Road as he unloaded his shopping.

Helping older people stay cool this summer

thermometer pixabay CC01 no attributionAge UK Southampton is helping city residents stay cool in warmer weather this summer through a free information guide for older people and their families.

Southampton charity concert to feature stars of The Voice

The Voice Charity Concert IMAGEThere will be an opportunity to hear the stars of BBC TV's The Voice at Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NF at 7.30 pm on Saturday, August 27.

Cobbett Road Library resumes lunchtime opening

cobbett rd librar sunThe Friends of Cobbett Road Library report that, thanks to staff and volunteers, the library is no longer closing at lunchtimes on the days that it opens.

Bitterne Parker: Aline Giordano

aline giordano mono 460Aline Giordano was born in South Korea and was adopted by a French family when she was 11. She's lived in Bitterne Park for 20 years, and has spent much of her life interviewing and photographing bands, and writing about music and photography.

Riverside footpath diversion: local inquiry on the cards

path behind school riverside summer 2016In the latest instalment of a story that goes back to at least 2007, it appears that the government’s Planning Inspectorate is to hold a local inquiry into proposals to close and divert the footpath behind Bitterne Park Primary School.

Consultation on 'Solent Devolution'

Councils of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton are consulting on setting up a combined authority to "draw down government funding and decision making powers to the Solent area". They give more information on their Solent Deal site. The consultation, which runs until September 18, is here.

Brexit: advice for EU nationals working and living in the UK

There's the chance for EU nationals working and living in the UK to "hear the latest developments and possible implications for EU nationals of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union from a specialist immigration and human rights barrister" at a forthcoming workshop. More details here.

Local charity partnership collaborating to raise awareness of dementia support across Southampton

Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Southampton and Age Concern New Forest are working together to run a free dementia awareness event next month for those with dementia, their carers and families and anyone wanting to find out more about the support available across Southampton and New Forest.

Riverside gathering remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

from above credit saul and samAround 50 people spanning the generations gathered in Riverside Park near Cobden Bridge on Sunday evening (August 7) to light candles and remember the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were addressed by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Cathie McEwing, and Vice President of CND Rebecca Johnson. Pic: Saul & Sam

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.

Bitterne Parker: Rónán O'Beirne

RonanonTimsburyLakeAug2015460Rónán O'Beirne was born in Dublin. He says he migrated from an economically blighted Ireland to seek his fortune on the gold-paved streets of London, securing a job with Haringey public libraries. He's been in libraries ever since, and moved to Bitterne Park in 2015 when he became Head of Libraries at Southampton Solent University.

Roadworks coming up around Bitterne Park in August

bollardUPDATED Here's a summary of some scheduled roadworks coming up in and around the area in August that may cause delays or require choosing alternative routes, includng closures for Bitterne Road West and Portswood Road.

Want to be a Bitterne Park newshound?

LisaWant to become more creative or more active in the community? Then perhaps you'd like to become a Bitterne Park newshound, and sniff out a story or two? Or perhaps you'd like to help us improve our coverage in other ways, perhaps previewing arts, music or kids' stuff?

Junction Inn will be Southampton’s third ‘community asset’ pub

The Junction Inn, SouthamptonThe Junction Inn in St Denys will be only the third pub in Southampton to be registered as an asset of community value, giving the community an option to bid should it ever go onto the market, and making it harder to change the use of the building.

At least 16 things to do with kids in and around Southampton this summer

manor farm meet the animalsSouthampton schools are out for summer from July 20 to September 5. So what to do with the kids? Here are at least 16 ideas – including some free, low cost, and ‘no-car’ options.

Portswood Police Station reopens to public

Portswood Police Station signCounter services will reopen at Portswood Police Station from July 19, while front counter services at Bitterne Police Station will stop from the end of July 16.

Arts festival returns to St Denys for second year

art of heritage logo 200 2016Following last year's success, musicians, artists, workshops and more have already been booked for a second St Denys Urban Arts Festival.

Latest black swan pic

black swan family July 2016 Stephanie KnightBlack swan news, and Stephanie Knight has sent this photo from near the nest.

Do you have memories that could 'bring alive' the history of Royal Victoria Country Park?

Netley TowerIf you can share your memories of Netley’s military hospital, you can help uncover the heritage of Royal Victoria Country Park.

Five new black cygnets

black swans five new cygnetsNews from the riverbank, and Stephanie Knight has taken this picture of five new cygnets which have just hatched.

Ordnance risk causes school evacuation

bitterne park secondary schoolBitterne Park School reports it had to follow emergency evacuation procedures on Monday (July 4) when an “old piece of ordnance was brought innocently into the school and assessed as being a potential risk”.

'Southampton people did Southampton proud'

southampton speaks by CWHundreds turned out for an anti-racist rally in Southampton on Saturday (July 2), to protest against far right groups which had been planning an event to celebrate Brexit, and which were expected to demonstrate under a ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ banner.

Want to be a part of a Southampton community brewing project?

butchers brew club groupsLocal home brewers who meet at The Butcher’s Hook have revealed plans to set up a community brewery in Southampton, and have launched a short survey to gauge interest in the idea.

Summer holiday closures at The Veg Shed

veg at veg shedThe Veg Shed has announced some summer holiday closures over the next few months.

Audio: Catch up with Southampton’s cultural conversation

What music means 460If you didn’t make it to the Culture City Fringe Event on June 9, there’s the chance to catch up with the speakers and the cultural conversation by following this link, where you’ll find a handy audio recording of the evening’s proceedings. Speakers include race and diversity pioneer Don John and collaborative artist Sarah Filmer.
Culture conversations continue in Southampton
Image: Mike

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New team for Portswood bookshop

Independent bookshop October Books says a new team has formed to take it forward following an appeal earlier in the year for people to take over.

Green space used as dumping ground

frogs copse rubbish3 so18biglocalWhat do a mattress, a shopping trolley, a bicycle, a hose reel, a tent, a traffic cone and a glass window all have in common?

Scout group requests raffle donations to fund Switzerland trip

The 8th Itchen North scout group, which meets at the Church of the Ascension in Bitterne Park, is asking local businesses if they can contribute raffle prizes to help raise funds for a trip to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland in 2017.

More eggs in black swan nest

swan family with eggs stephanie knight
Here's a new black swan family shot from the riverside by Stephanie Knight, which shows the two remaining cygnets from earlier this year doing fine, as well as new eggs in the nest. Stephanie says they're due to hatch later this month. It's thought the other cygnets didn't make it - our previous piece on this is here.

Ta-da! And now we have a community library!

cobbett hub launch Cobbett Road Library has reopened in its new guise as ‘Cobbett Hub and Library’, and with revised opening hours.

Do you remember White's newsagent?

st catherine rdRoger Oram writes from Oxford to say that he's looking for information about his grandmother who owned White's newsagent, which he says used to be at 27 St Catherines Road.

Sandro: book of remembrance, and funeral

sandro croppedA 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).

Cleaning up at Frog's Copse

frogs copse signCommunity group SO18 Big Local is organising a morning clear up at local green space Frog's Copse, which will be followed by a 'seasonal walk' to assess future areas of action.

Bake for Breakout to celebrate LGBT Pride month

Pride Bakes1 - 30 June 2016 200pxBreakout Youth is inviting budding bakers to get out their cake tins and get icing to raise funds to support the Hampshire charity's work with young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or who are questioning their sexuality or gender.

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.

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