How are the black swans and their cygnets doing on the Itchen near Riverside Park? The answer seems to be just fine. In fact they were drawing in quite a few onlookers by the jetty, and keeping the white swans at bay on Sunday afternoon (Nov 22). Click through to see a few pics, as well as a short low res video clip.
Join Clare Diaper and Alan the 'Urbane Forager' for a walk along our riverside, “spotting fruit and nut trees ready for foraging next year, as well as looking at how climate change and sea level rise may affect our local land scape” on Sunday (Nov 29). • Southampton People's Climate Demonstration
It's good news for residents of Bitterne Park who want to buy fresh, local fruit and veg as new organisers say popular pop-up stall The Veg Shed will be back on a regular basis on Saturdays at the Triangle.
We recently asked you to complete our reader survey, and we'd like to thank all those who did: it was an excellent response, and we'll be using that information to help develop the site for the future. And local traders also offered some excellent incentives for those entering the optional draw.
Bond Road, from St Catherine's Road to Dimond Hill, is scheduled to close for work from November 23-25. There will be temporary lights on part of Dimond Road (from house 31) up to Bond Road over the period, and there are also upcoming roadworks on Thorold Road and Mousehole Lane.
Southampton’s Nuffield theatre promises to be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot this Christmas to tell the story of young Merlin and his childhood friends as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime.
Advertising 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. Get £100 cashback on Freego Electric bikes (except folders) from Nov 1st-Dec 31st!
Southampton library campaigners have written to John Whittingdale, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, requesting a local inquiry into library provision in the city – in a move backed by Itchen's MP Royston Smith (Con).
Age UK Southampton and the Met Office have joined forces for the fifth year running to warn older people and their carers about imminent cold snaps, so they can take simple precautions to stay warm and well. Here are their top tips for keeping cosy during the coldest months.
Here's a fascinating piece of memorabilia kindly sent by Caroline Brook-Jackson: it's an image of her grandfather's 1947 season membership card for Cobden Rowing Club. Read on to find out the 21 rules of the club - including rule six: "That Ladies be excluded from membership"!
Plans to change the use of a Portswood shop so it can be turned into a micro pub, perhaps similar in style to The Butcher's Hook in Bitterne Park, are now before the council. For more details see our portswood.info site.
It isn't just leaves that seem to be falling this autumn. On a short walk from the top of Dell Road, down the hill to Copswood Road, left up Copsewood to Castle Road and then down as far as Dimond Road, we took 34 photos of different discarded hot foot containters on pavements, in bushes and behind fences. So here's an autumnal photographic collection – with, and without tomato sauce.
Mad Hatters reportedly popped up everywhere at a tea and fancy dress party held at Cobbett Road Library on Saturday (Oct 24) to celebreate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll's enormously influential fantasy Alice in Wonderland.
Speaking in Portswood yesterday (Oct 22), TV naturalist and local man Chris Packham called for “fair compromise” for the five Southampton branch libraries under threat when council funding is withdrawn next year.
bitternepark.info celebrates its tenth birthday this year. In this audio, Catherine Wright chats to editor Guy Phillips about buggies, bombs, and some of the other highlights over the last decade – as well as some plans for the site's future.
Charlie's was purpose built as a fish and chip shop in 1931. In this special video report, we go behind the scenes to learn some of the tricks of the trade. How do you cut up enough chips for a busy Friday night? How far does the cellar under the shop extend beneath the Triangle pavement? And how do you lift 37 kilos of chips from cellar to shop, ready for frying? We learn the answers to all these questions and plenty more besides in this 13-minute video exclusive.
St Denys Church reports that building works, which saw extensive repairs made to windows, roofing, stonework and rainwater goods as well as to the bell tower, are now complete, enabling the bells to sound for the first time in years! Click through for more pictures.
Friends of Glenfield Infant School are renting tables at forthcoming fayres in the coming months to raise funds for library and play equipment, and asking local traders for prizes for a raffle. If you're interested in either, email
Southampton tourist guide Godfrey Collyer, pictured, leads us on a tour through St Denys, giving an intriguing glimpse into the area's past, from the history of St Denys Church and the school, to the railway, Cobden Bridge, Riverside Park and St Denys Priory.
This buggy has been reported left in the street, perhaps appropriately in Nursery Road, on Monday night (Oct 5) between 3pm on Monday and 6.30am on Tuesday - possibly after the school run, and fortunately with no one in it. If it's yours you may still be in time to collect it...
Why consult? Updated with That's Solent TV reports: It's been widely reported that the closure of Bitterne NHS Walk-in Centre has been agreed, even though 73% of people consulted opposed the move, according to Southampton Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
A petition on change.org has been launched calling on bus company First Southampton to "revoke the chages to timetables and routes". Changes to the 12 and 13 services are causing particular concern to Townhill and Harefield residents. The petition is here. • New Bluestar route 16
Tamsin Newlove, who attended Bitterne Park school before studying chemistry, physics and further maths at Barton Peveril, has been placed in the top 0.7% of 8481 teenagers who completed this year’s Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
A queue formed at Bitterne Park Triangle on Saturday afternoon (Sept 26), as Dora's Cups and Cones transformed itself into its new guise, The Songbird Ice Cream Café and Creative Space at a sunny celebration that included live music and children's activities.