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15 things to do with the kids this Easter

childpainting under CC2 by Gina Lee Kim
From mummifying an orange to learning magic tricks, and from making a moneybox to finding fairies, here's Rebecca Welton's pick of 15 events for younger children in and around Southampton over the Easter holidays...

Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

view1 over cobden
As 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

Memorial day at Conservative Club

St Denys and Bitterne Park Conservative Club hold a memorial day for Martin Barnaby, who used to run the St Denys Hotel, all day on Sunday March 29.

New Triangle cycle shop opens on April 4

The 'official' opening of rideride, the new cycle shop at the Triangle, is on Saturday, April 4, with live music rom CJ Edwards and Mikey Powell, drinks, nibbles and a free prize draw. All are welcome from 10am-4pm. 

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

Tales of love, drugs, debauchery & ghosts at Butcher's Hook

butchers hook seven stories logo'Seven Stories', the Butcher’s Hook's series of performance and dialogue sessions features "A night of tales of love, drugs, debauchery and ghosts with music from The Paper Trains and Wood, Wire and Words & ghost ship stories from Minke Jonk," on Sunday, March 29. Details & tickets (£5).


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).

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.

Ideas to keep libraries open 'need proper council research'

cobbett working groupWe had lots of talks, came up with ideas, got out flip chart paper and pens at a packed public meeting where it seemed everyone wanted the library kept open, and we understand over 3,000 5,000 responded to the consultation. So what happens to our ideas now?
Protest to save city libraries - Wednesday March 18

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.
• If you've spotted something unusual in the area, feel free This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you're happy for it to be published/shared on social media.

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.

Training for those wanting to lead walks

Enjoy walking? Want to start a walking group in your neighbourhood or for your community group? This walk leader training programme could be for you.

Audio: 'We have to fight fiercely for libraries' says Chris Packham

chris packham copyright guy phillips bitternepark  info 300pxTV presenter, naturalist and photographer Chris Packhamgave a talk and showed his impressive wildlife photographs from around the world at Cobbett Road Library on Thursday (Feb 19), and urged library supporters to "make their voices heard" about library closures. Read more for report and audio.

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.

Greens launch Itchen campaign in Bitterne Park

John Spottiswoode at BP Triangle Feb 2015Green Party members were in Bitterne Park on Saturday (Feb 7) for a campaign launch for their Southampton Itchen general election candidate John Spottiswoode, above. The launch coincided with National Libraries Day: Green Party members say they are supporting the campaign to keep Cobbett Road Library open. 
Young people get say on libraries' 'future' | Petition to save Cobbett Road

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.

Bluestar announces bus service changes

Bus operator Bluestar is introducing changes to its services in and around Southampton, including on its 16 route which links Townhill Park and Bitterne Park with the city centre.

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 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 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

Getting fit gently at Riveride Park

riverside park footpath 200Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, the 'Couch to 5k Walk' launches at Riverside Park on January 7, and is set to run every Wednesday at 10:30am from the Cobden Bridge side of the park.

Bitterne Parker: long way from home

McUke bitterne parker Sydney close cropNow who's this Bitterne Parker and where could they be?

rideride start work on old fruit & veg shop premises

manor farm shop front 460 rideride, the cycle workshop that's moving into the old Triangle fruit and veg shop premises, say they're aiming to open at the end of January, although there's work to be done so that's "an approximation".  On Facebook rideride says: "Tasks include taking out the old lino, suspended ceiling, kitchen, walk in fridge and clearing out the basement," – and invites offers of help.

Repair work to Northam Bridge for 20 weeks

Major repair work for Northam River Bridge – one of the busiest routes into the city – begins on January 6 and is planned to take up to 20 weeks. The work will mean there will be only one traffic lane in each direction, and only one footpath. More info.

St Denys Community Centre's future in doubt

st denys muralThe Daily Echo reports that the future of St Denys Community Centre, which is used by an array of community groups, is in doubt “as cash-strapped council chiefs axe services in the city”. The Echo report is here.

'No Portswood sexual assaults led to convictions'

Student news site Soton Tab says that “none of the Portswood sexual assaults reported in 2014”, and only one in “central Southampton” led to convictions. Their full story is here.

Crowds at Triangle for Christmas event

queue for father christmasThis was the queue for Santa's Grotto, in the old veg shop – soon to be rideride cycle workshop – at the Triangle at around midday on Saturday (Dec 20).

Bitterne Parker: Matt Hyam

Matt Hyam 200pxWater skier, traffic light hater and Southampton Vineyard Church leader Matt Hyam believes in thriving local communities. And he thinks Bitterne Park is becoming an example to the rest of the city of what life could be like...

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