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Sun sets on first Riverfest

riverfest sun goes down
There was dancing to Midi Moths as the sun went down over the river by the High Tide Stage on Saturday at Riverfest. The community festival was hailed as a success by everyone we spoke to throughout the day – even if the weather hadn't quite reached the expected standard in the morning! Congratulations to all for making it happen, and especially to organiser Catherine Wright. More soon...

Riverfest flag: can you spot the Southampton landmarks?

riverfest flag artwork
You may have seen our social media posts showing the specially commissioned Riverfest flag which is flying in Riverside Park over the weekend, but can you find all the Southampton landmarks it depicts?

Triangle charity shop has closed for good

Barnardos has confirmed that their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop won’t reopen.

Peace vigil on Sunday in Southampton

peace fountainThe council has said that all are welcome to a peace vigil taking place on Sunday (May 28) from 12.30-1pm at the Peace Fountain in East Park (at the top the park near Brunswick Place) "in memory of the tragic events in Manchester this week, and to show that hate will not divide us."

Southampton's Environmental Rock back for bank holiday

environmental rock pr shotNow in its 15th year, Southampton’s annual family-friendly eco festival 'Environmental Rock' is back at the Hobbit pub (SO14 0JZ) on bank holiday Monday (May 29) from noon until 6pm, combining environmental awareness with entertainment for all ages.

General election: who’s standing in Itchen & where are the hustings?

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We now know our choices in the forthcoming general election on June 8, and there are chances on May 22 and 23 to attend candidate hustings in Southampton.
• Your candidates & hustings if you live in Southamptgon Test which includes St Denys & Portswood

Digital skills and promotion workshops

wordcloud 200pxWould you like to improve your digital skills, raise your profile and grow your online presence?

Half term playschemes in Harefield and Townhill Park
SouthamptonChildrensPlayAssocLogoSouthampton Children’s Play Association (SCPA) will once again be running half term playschemes in Harefield and Townhill Park, funded by SO18 Big Local.
‘Love the Triangle’ - update

triangle pixelated 460Following the February report about a group which met to share ideas about improving Bitterne Park Triangle with money from the McCarthy & Stone Development, Liz Batten has sent this update.

April record-beating month for

bpifavicon bigishApril was a record-beating month for, which saw a large jump in unique visitor numbers - partly, but not solely – because of our exclusive at the start of the month on an extraordinary near miss betwen a cruise ship and Cobden Bridge!

Greens won't stand in Southampton Test

green party logoSouthampton and District Green Party has said it won't now stand a candidate in the forthcoming general election in the Southampton Test constituency, which includes St Denys and Portswood. Read the full story on 

Watch out for trip hazard on Cobden Bridge

Cobden bridge prob CW 2Watch out if you're walking over Cobden Bridge: Catherine Wright sent us these pics on Monday (April 9) of damage to some inspection covers on the southern side, which she says are dangerous for pedestrians.

Promoted: Community development gardener required

trowel pixabayPROMOTEDCould you support and encourage groups of local residents to meet together to plant and nurture small growing spaces in the Townhill Park and Harefield areas of Southampton?

Like high summer at Riverside on Sunday

steam train3It was almost like high summer at Riverside Park on Sunday, as the sun shone, the steam trains chuffed around their track, dogs swam and ice creams were consumed. Lovely!

Kim Rose standing for UKIP in Southampton Itchen

kim rose croppedKim Rose, who stood in the 2015 general election for the Itchen constituency, which includes Bitterne Park, has said he’ll again be standing in the 2017 general election on June 8.

Building a new Bitterne Park school

christopher whitbreadHow do you move a school of 1500 students into a completely new building? spoke to Christopher Whitbread, a man with several plans, to find out.

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Riverside Park dumped food mystery

nick nicolaou with letterFollowing our report about food being dumped near Cobden Bridge in Riverside Park, both Triangle fish and chip shops have stressed it’s nothing to do with them, although both say they've been accused by members of the public.

Bins to go alternate weeks

bin man and cartBin collections are moving to alternate weeks starting from June 5, helping the council “reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets".

Greens announce Itchen general election candidate

Rosie Pearce 200pxThe Green Party has announced that Rosie Pearce will be their candidate to contest the Southampton Itchen constituency, which includes Bitterne Park, at the general election on June 8.

Good turnout for Bitterne anniversary litter pick

bitterne litter team anniversaryBitterne Litter Team saw a good turnout for their first anniversary litter pick on Sunday (April 30).

Leader of council Simon Letts contesting Itchen at general election

vote labourUpdated: Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council and councillor for Bitterne ward, has said he's been selected to contest the Itchen constituency for Labour.

Video: Behind-the-scenes look at Southampton's food banks

dave osborne city mission video stillWith news this week that food banks are reporting “record demand amid universal credit chaos”, we thought we’d better finally publish our behind-the-scenes look at Southampton food banks, filmed in 2016. Read more and scroll down to watch.

Riverfest needs you!

riverfest needs youCan you spare a couple of hours on May 27? Why not join the stewards team and help make the local community festival a safe and happy day? Click the graphic to contact the organisers. 

Audio: Shadow chancellor on election trail in Bitterne

john mcdonnell copyrightLabour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell was on the election campaign trail in Bitterne Precinct on Tuesday afternoon. Read more to hear him speaking about his party's prospects in the Itchen constituency.

Carnival feel in Triangle as ukes lead marathon cheers

marathon ukes
There was a carnival atmosphere in Bitterne Park Triangle on Sunday as roads were shut and crowds turned out in the sunshine to cheer marathon runners. The soundtrack was a marathon fundraising set from Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had pledged to play for 4 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds – the average time to run the London Marathon. Read more for further pics.

Who will our Itchen general election candidates be?

candidates montage who will stand
Updated Despite expectations that the next general election would be in 2020 given the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, you may, just possibly, have heard the news that a ‘snap’ election has been approved for June 8. So what will the voting choices be for residents in the Southampton Itchen constituency in about seven weeks’ time?

New contemporary production of Pygmalion explores local accents

Pygmalion photoshoot[812] 200pxOver one hundred years after it was written, Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, putting Southampton’s diverse range of voices at the heart of the show.

Promoted: Telly addicts wanted by TV researcher

areyouatellyadictmpuPROMOTED A local researcher is looking for small groups of volunteers to watch TV – and get paid for it.

More antisocial behaviour at Deepdene

dd mike hall 2Updated: We've received these photos showing more antisocial behaviour by - or rather underneath - the children's play equipment at Deepdene.

Power cut affects Bitterne Park over Easter lunchtime

plugA power cut is affecting some Bitterne Park residents over Easter lunchtime (April 16).

Walk the Waterfront challenge - success!

banner by cobdenThe first Southampton Walk the Waterfront challenge was completed on Sunday (April 9), with two walkers – myself, Clare Diaper, and Joey Jones – completing the full walk, and with many others joining in at various points along the way.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

The Songbird introduces live music evenings

songbird externalFrom April 14 there will be free Friday night music sessions at The Songbird.

Latest black cygnet pics

black swans 2 kirsteen andersonThanks to Kirsteen Anderson for letting us show you her photos of the baby black swans in their nest - read more to see even closer shots in the series.

Watch: Utter chaos as large vessel in ‘near miss’ with Cobden Bridge

bridge collison image 460Traffic has now returned to normal after an earlier incident in which a large vessel appeared to be involved in a near miss with Cobden Bridge. Read more to watch an amateur video of the incident.

Audio: Riverfest plans taking shape

riverfestlogobigPlans are taking shape for Riverfest, a celebration of the river taking place around Riverside Park on Saturday, May 27. We caught up with organiser Catherine Wright to find out what’s on the cards.

Park plan: School ‘delighted’ by public inquiry outcome

park footpath behind school coupleUpdated Bitterne Park Primary has said it is “delighted” with the outcome of the recent public inquiry concerning the footpath that currently runs behind the school, as revealed last week by

Council approval for Townhill Park development

meggeson avenue hoarding2The council has approved the next steps in the regeneration of Townhill Park.

Coming soon: a MUGA in the park

courtbiggerA ‘MUGA’ – or ‘Multi Use Games Area’ – could be in action in Riverside Park "by August", it was recently revealed.

NatWest bank to close in Portswood

NatWest bank, Portswood, SouthamptonIt's been announced that the last of the ‘big four’ banks in Portswood, NatWest, will close on October 5. Read the full story on

Riverside pitch & putt and ‘football golf’ courses could open by summer

golf unsplash 460 edewaa-foster-21157 There are hopes that a nine-hole pitch and putt course, alongside a ‘footgolf’ facility, could open on the site of the closed golf course at Woodmill in time for the summer.

New head for Bitterne Park School

bitterne park secondary schoolA new headteacher has been appointed for Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form.

Family reunited with precious baby photos found during Deepdene clean-up

claire and jessieA Southampton woman has been reunited with valuable photos and footage of her daughter taken in 2011, when she was about one year old, after their family camera was found during a litter pick at Deepdene, and an appeal to trace the owner was launched on

Grants to encourage foster carers

kids 460 pixabaySouthampton City Council is offering one-off grants of around £1,600 to attract new foster carers and help reward those already fostering.

Flybe launches new connections using Southampton as hub

airport departure boardRegional airline Flybe has launched what it describes as a “new weekend leisure hub” as part of its 2017 summer schedule, making it possible for passengers from eight UK departure points to travel to 12 popular European destinations via Southampton Airport.

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