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03 July 2015

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Engage with proposals to shut Bitterne Walk-in Centre

bitterne walk in ctr walking inRepresentatives of Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group will be at Bitterne Leisure Centre (9-11.30am) and Bitterne Library (12.30-3.30pm) on Saturday (July 4) at 'public engagement events' about their proposals to shut Bitterne Walk-in health centre.
Previously: CCG consults over Bitterne Walk-in Centre closure plan, June 16 | CCG online consultation is here | Public meeting Thurs July 9 6.30–8pm at Christ the King and St Colman Catholic Church Hall, Bitterne Road East SO18 5EG

Lower Bond Road re-opening following footpath revamp

bond rd closedThe lower section of Bond Road is re-opening to vehicles following kerbing and footpath work, but a further road closure is scheduled for a few days later in the year to re-surface the road itself.

'Kick off election blues' at Leftfest

Unite Community in Southampton marks its first birthday on Saturday, July 25 with 'Leftfest' – a free festival celebrating progressive activism in Southampton, including speakers, discussion, music and more. Booking required. Details on Facebook.

Sing for water: Saturday fundraising fun

sing for water by adam barnesEnjoy a feast for the senses at the Sing for Water Mini Festival in support of WaterAid at Turner Sims on Saturday (July 4), hosted by Fiona Funnell and Delicious Sounds Choir.

Experience Thai culture

The Southampton Thai Food & Crafts Festival takes place this weekend (July 4/5) at Hoglands Park, featuring cooking demonstrations, live music, dancing, Thai boxing and more. Admission paid. Further details here.

Hat Fair celebrates fifth decade with kaleidoscope of performances

ear trumpet littlebredy - credit Rik Irons-McleanHat Fair, Britain’s longest running outdoor arts festival, returns to the streets of Winchester this weekend, with a new selection of world class performers who promise to transform the city into an outdoor playground of the weird, wacky and astonishing.
Pic: Rik Irons-Mclean

'Restoration Day' at Frog's Copse

frogs copse signLocal resident Emily Cross is inviting others to get involved with a litter pick and to help give the playground a lick of paint at local green space Frog's Copse on Saturday, July 18 from 10am.

Deputy head cycles from London to Paris in under 24 hours for charity

Mr Panayiotou london to paris1Deputy headteacher at Bitterne Park School, Pan Panayiotou, and friend Trevor Bass, have raised over £600 for the National Autistic Society by cycling 196 miles from London to Paris in under 24 hours.

Private Eye reports baffling Cobbett Road heating story

radiator under cc2 by liz westPrivate Eye magazine's Nooks & Corners architectural column takes up the story in its current issue of Southampton City Council's apparent investment of £99,000 to upgrade the heating system of “handsome and efficient modernistic building” Cobbett Road Library – one of five city libraries under threat of closure.

Proposal for new 349-unit student hall by Sainsbury's in Portswood

Development proposals for a new student hall of residence comprising around 349 self-contained units between Portswood and Belmont roads by Sainsbury's go on show for feedback from the public in July. More information and comments on

School gets green light for park plan

planning meeting school park planUpdated Report It's been an extensively debated topic since 2007 but on Tuesday (June 23) Bitterne Park Primary won approval at a council planning meeting to fully enclose part of Riverside Park for school use, and close public access to the footpath behind the school so it can effectively link the school with the field.

Repair Café comes to Bitterne Park

Repair Cafe logoRepair Café is going walkabout in the summer, with a session in Bitterne Park at Cobbett Road Library on the morning of Saturday, July 4.
• Previously: Bin it? No way! Go to the Repair Café!

Pair of black swans on the Itchen

ImageThose of you following the discussion about the reported appearance of a second black swan on the Itchen in our area on our Facebook page will be interested in this sequence of photographs kindly sent in by Richard McGrady, taken on June 18. There's more information about these creatures on the RSPB website here.

Listen again to new Charlie's owners on radio

charlies lee and bev voice fm suppliedIf you missed Lee and Bev Nicholson, new owners of Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle, chatting on Voice FM on June 25 about their new business, and particularly their gluten free products, you can listen from this link.

Plans for Whitworth houses and flats approved

street signPlans to build three houses and six flats on the site at 74 Whitworth Crescent, which is at the corner of Harcourt Road, were approved by councillors on June 23.  Full details of the proposal are here (PDF – 18 mb)

Talking telephone numbers

oldphoneFrom July we'll no longer be promoting our 0845 phone numbers, partly due to national changes in the way calls to these numbers are charged and have to be advertised. Our Southampton number which we've been phasing in - 023 8001 8612 – is the one to use for news or advertising enquiries. So if you've got a story or would like to promote your business, do give us a call!

Summer solstice sunrise

midsummer dawn1 Louise OwenHere are some stunning images of the summer solstice sunrise over the Itchen on Sunday (June 21), by Louise Owen. We'll let the pictures do the talking!

Get a listing like this one for your business on

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It's easy to get a listing like this one on, and it's still only £35 a year! You can pay by BACS, credit or debit card, PayPal, BACS or cheque, and there are loads of categories to choose from. Contact us on 023 8001 8612, or drop us a line for more details!

Traditional fun at St Denys Church Fayre

st denys church fayre 2015Fortunatenly the rain held off and locals were able to enjoy a traditional fayre at St Denys Church on Saturday (June 20), where there were attractions ranging from ukulele playing to stalls, games, a raffle, crafts, cake and more.

CCG consults over Bitterne Walk-in Centre closure plan

bitterne walk in ctr walking inSouthampton City Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting over plans to close Bitterne Walk-in Centre after the facility won a reprieve in October 2014.
Update June 17: there's now an online survey from this link

Outdoor Cinema returns to Southampton

film sign under CC2 by ozz13xHijack Cinema, which screens films in locations from warehouses to parks, is back, and this summer you can watch your favourite movies under the stars at Hoglands Park.

Spate of thefts prompts police warning

police poster be awarePolice are warning residents to be vigilant of thieves they say are operating in the local area.

Craft workshops at Old Chemist

old chemist sign 200pxA series of craft workshops is underway on Tuesday evenings at The Old Chemist, on topics ranging from cupcake decorating to crochet and cyanotype printing – some with spaces still available.

Fun fair returns to Riverside Park in July

dodgemCharles Cole's fair is at Riverside Park from Wednesday, July 8 until Sunday, July 12.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! 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.

Support for Hook's seating plan

butchers hook ale frescoThere appears to be significant support for The Butcher's Hook's planning application to bolt outside seating to the micro pub's outdoor area, with some 54 public comments already made on the council's planning portal at the time of writing – which include just one objection.
• Butcher's Hook seeks permission for fixed outdoor seating area

Plans for 10 new houses on Cobden Avenue

70 cobden avenuePlans to demolish the existing dwelling at 70 Cobden Avenue, close to the road's intersection with Midanbury Lane, and build 10 three-bedroom houses with 20 parking spaces, have been submitted to Southampton City Council. The planning application is here.

Bitterne Parker: Matt Bunday

matt bunday 200Bitterne Parker Matt Bunday runs an event management company and teaches at Solent and Winchester universities. And when it comes to the obligatory joke, he freely admits that he's "not known for my stand up comedy skills..."

Record-breaking month for

Broken reckless record under CC2 by Martin Belam 460As we approach our tenth birthday we're pleased to report that received a record-breaking number of visitors in May.

Sky Ride's back in town

sky ride london 2010 under CC2 martin vmorrisTaking place this year on Sunday, July 19 from 11am-3pm, now's the time to register for your place on this free, family mass participation cycling event over an eight-kilometer traffic-free route around the city, which features a range of attractions along the way. More details here. Pic under CC2 by martin_vmorris

Portswood & University Lloyds Bank branches to close

ImageLloyds Bank branches in Portswood and at the University of Southampton are due to close in August, it's been confirmed. More on this on our sister site

Get everyday items fixed at next Repair Café

Repair Cafe logoIf you’re wondering what to do with a broken toaster, a jumper full of moth holes or a broken precious object, then take it to Repair Café on Saturday, June 6 at Freemantle United Reformed Church from 10.30am. And in July Repair Café will be at Cobbett Road Library - more info when we have it.
• Previously: Bin it? No way! Go to the Repair Café!

Police confirm identity of body found at Woodmill Lane

woodmill 200Updated: Police have confirmed that a body found at Woodmill on Sunday, May 24 was that of missing man Barrie Thompson. According to the Daily Echo he'd been the subject of a police investigation and arrested before leaving his home, but police haven't said why.

Bitterne Parker: Lee McKenzie

Lee McKenzie 200pxHe grew up in Halstead Road, attended the local schools, and found it hard to choose between the five flavours of sherbert at the sweet shop. He went on to become a Radio Solent presenter, and in June Lee McKenzie commentates on the first European Games for a worldwide TV service.

Warm welcome home for Sprout the parrot

cliff and carol ayling with sproutHere are Cliff and Carol Ayling snapped delightedly welcoming home Sprout, their green pet parrot, after he went fly-about in Bitterne Park. Sprout was rescued on Monday after a plea went out on Facebook.

Video: Chilling message on libraries from 'Darth Vader' at Cobbett birthday party

As well as a dalek (see our previous report) and other characters, 'Darth Vader' was also present at Cobbett Road's 76th birthday celebration on May 16, with a chilling message about library closures! Many thanks to Alyssa Hickman, Bridget Elgie, Rose Hickman and all others involved for filing this exclusive video report for!
• Cobbett birthday bash first outing for new local dalek

Secondary school development: road issues main concern at resident meeting

Traffic, parking, security and proximity to existing houses were the main issues raised by residents at a meeting to discuss work that could start as early as October to build a completely new school in the grounds of Bitterne Park secondary.

Please don't feed ducks bread urges Riverside Park poster

feeding ducks bread poster croppedPosters designed by a local resident are now being displayed on Friends of Riverside Park noticeboards near the river urging people to think twice before feeding ducks bread.

New vape & barber shops for Triangle

thurman rye and summit montageAn e-cigarette shop – possibly combined with a crêpery outlet (crêpe & vape?) – and a new barber's shop are being lined up for the Triangle, we understand.

Smith takes Itchen for the Tories

Royston SmithGeneral election Royston Smith for the Conservatives has won the Southampton Itchen marginal constituency, taking it from Labour by 2,316 votes. 

Conservative David Fuller elected to council

pollingthisway128x64Local elections Conservative David Fuller has been elected in Bitterne Park ward to serve on the council with 2805 votes, which means the ward continues with three Tory councillors.

Charlie's chippy to continue under new management

gloria and malcolm pascoe charlies 2
The latest from Gloria and Malcolm Pascoe at Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle is that they're still at the helm, but expect to hand over to new owners, who will continue with the chippy business, very soon. It's thought 'the legals' have taken longer than anticipated.
• Previously: Last few days at Charlie's for Gloria and Malcolm

Storm damage at Deepdene

deepdene path blocked Mike HallIt sure was windy on Tuesday night: Mike Hall's just sent us this pic of storm damage at Deepdene, with fallen branches apparently blocking one of the paths through the woods.

Video: Half marathon runners cheered through Bitterne Park

runners bitterne parkThe first ABP Southampton Half Marathon wound its way through Bitterne Park on Sunday, with locals turning out to cheer competitors through the Triangle and Riverside Park as they neared the halfway mark. 'Read more' to see a video.

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

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