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Ocean and Earth Day

dive adventures  under CC2 by Daniel DietrichOcean and Earth Day on Saturday (April 25) at the Oceanography Centre offers families the chance to get hands-on and find out what exciting discoveries the UK's scientists are making in the ocean.

 
New secondary school: community meeting on Monday 27

The date for the next meeting between Bitterne Park secondary school and residents to discuss the implications of the new school build has been announced as Monday, April 27 at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the school.

 
Half marathon runs through Bitterne Park

half marathon sign 2Updated The first ABP Southampton Half Marathon – reportedly the biggest Southampton race of its kind since 1990 – starts in Hoglands Park at 8.30am on Sunday, April 26, and winds its way to the finish line at Southampton Guildhall – via Bitterne Park. A number of roads will be closed locally and across the city on the day.

 
Southampton Itchen: What residents say

montageGeneral election We've heard a lot from the politicians during their campaigns to win the ultra-marginal seat of Southampton Itchen, which includes Bitterne Park. But what about residents? Rebecca Welton caught up with a random selection of people locally to hear which issues concern them as the May 7 general election gets closer.

 
Pre-election Seven Stories at Butcher's Hook

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General election-ish Grant Sharkey plays material from his new album "to get you questioning the political system," there's a talk from James Dyke on "how and why we should avoid global disaster," and Charissa "Inspiring you with some beautiful tunes to help you get out and vote" - all at the Butcher's Hook, Bitterne Park on Sunday evening (April 26) from 7pm. Tickets £5 here.

 
Southampton Itchen: What the general election candidates say

election 2010 itchenGeneral election Labour beat the Conservatives by just 192 votes at the last general election in Southampton Itchen – which includes Bitterne Park – so it's an 'ultra-marginal' seat where your vote could make all the difference on May 7. We asked all six candidates to tell us what they'll do if elected, and put a series of crowd sourced questions to them. Here's how those who would be your next MP answered.
Southampton Itchen: What residents say
If you live in St Denys watch our sister site portswood.info for more about elections in your constituency, which is Southampton Test.

 
Change of ownership at Triangle ice cream parlour

doras new ownersKevin and Andrea Rayner – pictured left with original owners Victoria and Darren Metcalfe – have taken over Triangle ice cream parlour Dora’s Cups & Cones, which first opened in April last year.

 
Church seeks volunteers to help run café

churchascensiontower128The Ascension Centre at Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, is on the lookout for some volunteers to help run its Windows Café that runs on Tuesday and Wednesdays. More info on their website

 
Initial design ideas for new secondary school revealed

bitterne park secondary exteriorBitterne Park Secondary School reports that it will be holding another residents meeting in late April/early May about plans for the school to be replaced by completely new buildings, and in the meantime has released another bulletin which shows initial designs.

 
Discussing Itchen from Rachel's kitchen

IMG 3922Radio 5 Live came from Rachel Hickman's kitchen in Bitterne Park on Friday (April 10), for political discussion with Southampton Itchen residents. 

 
Veg Shed seeks support

veg shed opening dayThe team behind The Veg Shed, which now pops up at Bitterne Park Triangle weekly on Saturdays selling fresh fruit and veg, are looking for people to help it continue into the future because its founders can't sustain the time and commitment that's required, according to a Facebook post.

 
School puts in plans to enclose part of park

park plan planning signThe public has until April 21 to comment on a planning application submitted by Bitterne Park Primary School to enclose part of Riverside Park with a 2.1m fence, “stop up” the existing footpath behind the school and divert it around the perimeter of the fenced area.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! NOW OPEN MONDAYS Get £100 cashback on any new electric bike bought before Feb 28, 2015! Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, 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: Daniel Hibbs

daniel hibbs 4Daniel Hibbs is the manager of the Co-op at Bitterne Park Triangle. He's 28 years old, and has lived in Bitterne Park all his life, attending the infant, junior and senior schools.

 
Getting in the stride at the opening of rideride

cj edward and Mikey Powell New Triangle bike store and workshop 'rideride' officially opened on Saturday, with music from CJ Edwards – star from The Voice – & Mikey Powell, and an open day from 10am-4pm.

 
Flytipping at Woodmill car park

oil1Updated Carey Joyce has emailed these pictures of what appears to be oil, spilled, and perhaps in containers, left in Woodmill car park by the recycling bins along with other household rubbish.

 
Last few days at Charlie's for Gloria and Malcolm

gloria and malcolm pascoe charliesGloria and Malcolm Pascoe say they're hangng up their aprons at Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle over the next few days after ten and a half years, to focus on their other business Born To Be Natural, which makes and sells natural soaps, candles and skincare products.

 
Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

view1 over cobdenAs repairs start to St Denys Church, here are some fine photos of Bittene Park sparkling in the sunshine on Wednesday (March 25) taken by Dr Badcrumble from the church roof.
• Repairs underway to restore St Denys Church

 
Bitterne Parker: Ali Sparkes

AliStudyMar14-1 200Children’s author, Blue Peter Book of the Year Award winner, radio presenter, champion of Cobbett Road Library and Bitterne Parker: this time we talk to Ali Sparkes.

 
Repairs underway to restore St Denys Church

The exterior of the church with scaffolding erected (1)Repair works have started to restore the Victorian Grade II listed St Denys Church, which was designed by the celebrated architect George Gilbert Scott and consecrated in 1868.
• Pics from church roof: Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

 
Woman assaulted on Cobden Bridge

Police have launched a witness appeal after a woman was assaulted as she walked home over Cobden Bridge.

 
Bitterne Parker: Clare Diaper

clare diaper 200px Exploring, celebrating and sharing Southampton’s hidden talents and treasures has become a passion, and Clare Diaper is now an instigator, participant and player in a whole variety of community projects.

 
Call for 'full, thorough & open investigation' into library options

library protest read in 2Conservatives moved a motion at Wednesday's (March 18) full council meeting calling for suggestions submitted as part of the library consultation process to be “thoroughly investigated”.

• Audio: Full roundup with pictures of Wednesday's protest

 
Bitterne Parker: Alessandro Filipik

sandro bitterne parkerThis time we talk to Alessandro Filipik – or Sandro as he is known – who has run Il Picchio café at the Triangle since 2006. Born in Buenos Aires he grew up in Italy, living in Venice for a number of years. Read on to hear how he came to live in England, as well his answers to all our usual probing questions...

 
Audio: Huge support for libraries

library protest kidsThere was substantial support for the campaign to save threatened Southampton libraries on Wednesday lunchtime. 'Read more' to see lots of pictures and hear audio from the day.

• Call for 'full, thorough & open investigation' into library options

 
Flytipping at Deepdene

deepdene flytippingHere's a rather depressing picture taken at Deepdene, the open space off Midanbury Lane, of someone's old furniture that's been discarded in the woods. It's thought to have been left on Sunday afternoon/evening (March 15).

 
New facilities on Nursery Road?

loo nursery rd by maddie allan 200pxThanks to Maddy Allan for sending in this pic, apparently of new facilities on the pavement at Nursery Road.
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Bring back balloon festival – petition

Southampton International Balloon Festival under cc2 by Damien EverettAn online petition calling on the council to bring back the Southampton Balloon and Flower Festival, which was an annual event held in the summer on Southampton Common, has attracted over 2,800 signatures in just a few days.

 
Audio: Views on Cobbett Road Library's future

cobbett meeting tv viewIn this twelve-minute audio we feature interviews with just a few of the many politicians and residents who were at Monday's (Feb 23) Ascension Centre meeting about the future of Cobbett Road Library. Read more and use the audio player to listen.

 
Bitterne Parker: Stephen Phillips

stephen phillips 200 pxWe kick off a 'new mini season' of Bitterne Parker interviews by talking to father, foster carer, mathematician, chemist, computer science researcher, tinkerer, blogger, salsa teacher and Woodcraft Folk coordinator Stephen Phillips.

 
Spring at Riverside Park?

spring at riverside parkHere's a weekend kind of shot, of blooming bulbs at Riverside Park in March sunshine. We always like to see pics of the local area - feel free to email yours in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a brief description if you're happy for us to publish them on our sites and social media.

 
Don't use your loaf!

swans group bigFollowing on from our 2013 article, large quantities of bread often continue to be left at the bottom of the ramp from the Triangle down to Riverside Park according to recent resident reports, which isn't good for birds or dogs and which is likely to attract rats.

 
Orange sky at night

sunset over river from st denys by L OwenThanks to Louise Owen for this fine orange sky at night shot over the Itchen from St Denys. We always love to see your pics of the area and to publish what we can, so feel free This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post them on our Facebook page.

 
Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageWear your Bitterne Parker T-shirt with pride, while at the same time supporting your favourite local website! Just order online, and we'll rush your shirt to Bitterne Park Triangle, ready for you to collect. How easy is that? Click through to find out more and to order while stocks last.

 
Robbery at Manor Farm Road Co-op

co-operative food sign cobden bridge storePolice are appealing for information after a robbery at the Co-op store on Manor Farm Road, Bitterne Park on Thursday evening at 6.45pm.

 
If you're not registered, you can't vote!

polling stationVoting gives you a say on who represents you locally, nationally and in Europe – and one of the candidates in each election will be elected whether you vote or not! So here's how to register and make your vote count.

 
Nuffield takes top theatre award

nuffield theatre 460Nuffield, Southampton’s producing theatre, has been named as ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’ at a top theatre awards ceremony in London.

 
Help shape decision making in Southampton

civic centre under CC2 by Nochn NordlichtThe People's Panel is looking for Southampton residents who want to contribute their views to “help shape public services” for their community”.
Photo under CC2 by Nochn Nordlicht

 
It's that Woodmill traffic light question again!

only a foolThe thorny issue of whether traffic lights would ease car journeys through Woodmill recently re-emerged as city roadworks created a knock-on effect in Bitterne Park.

 
Audio: Future unclear for St Denys Community Centre

st denys signWhat does the future hold for St Denys Community Centre? With the possibility that Southampton Day Services, who help manage the centre and use it five daytimes a week, could be pulled out, chair of St Denys Community Assocation Phil Amey talks about the risks of increased hire charges for community groups, and the possibility of a “spiral downwards” if a solution isn't found. Read more and use the audio player to hear Phil chatting about the centre.

 
Labour switches Bitterne Park candidate

John Jordan, who was the Labour candidate for Bitterne Park ward in the forthcoming local elections, has told bitternepark.info he's now standing in the Bitterne ward. Andrew Godsell becomes Labour's new candidate for Bitterne Park.
We hope to bring you more details of all candidates closer to the May 7 local election.
• Bitterne Park Conservative councillor Peter Baillie to call it a day

 
New art group for toddlers

Mini Monets 200px j'Mini Monets', a new art group for toddlers who enjoy painting and drawing starts in Bitterne Park after February half term at The Ascension Centre.

 
School expansion plans move on apace

bitterne park secondary exteriorCar parking, traffic concerns, and the design and construction of buildings when a new school is built on Bitterne Park secondary's existing site, were issues uppermost in the minds of residents who attended a community/school forum on Monday (Jan 19).

 
From women's gym to car sales

A planning application to turn the now closed Curves women's gym at 159 Bitterne Road West (SO18 1BH) into premises for car sales has been lodged with the council.

 
Bitterne Park Conservative councillor Peter Baillie to call it a day

peter bailliebitternepark.info can reveal that Peter Baillie, a Bitterne Park Conservative councillor since 2002, has decided to step down from Southampton City Council in May this year.

 
Where to go for advice in Southampton

Advice Southampton, a site that points users to advice that's available – on anything from consumer and debt to health, employment and housing – has been launched at www.advicesouthampton.org.uk.

 
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