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Budding young actors wanted for Nuffield Theatre’s new season

Nuffield Youth Theatre (NYT) is looking for new members to take part in auditions for a new 2017 season at Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.

Seal puts on 'spectacular show' at Woodmill

seal 3Thanks to Martin Glennie for letting us know about what he describes as a “spectacular show” on Tuesday evening at Woodmill, as a seal – possibly Sammy [see previous] – grappled with a large salmon.

Head praises Bitterne Park School community following lockdown

bitterne park secondary schoolBitterne Park School headteacher Susan Trigger has praised the “mature and orderly response” from everyone in the school during Monday’s emergency lockdown (Sept 19), called because trespassers were on the school site.
Emergency lockdown at Bitterne Park School on Monday lunchtime

Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

rideridebreakin1Owners of stolen bikes urged to register them at
With more reports of bike thefts around Bitterne Park coming in, a concrete block was apparently used on Monday evening or the early hours of Tuesday (Sept 19/20) to try to gain access to Triangle cycle shop rideride.

Bitterne Parker: Vikki Gough

vikki close upNature loving sometime singer Vikki Gough has fond memories of growing up in the 70s with a houseful of mainly older brothers, loud music, and with an orgone accumulator in the conservatory.

Bitterne Park bikes stolen

bikes by riverside treeUPDATED - bikes also taken from Dimond Road If you’re a cyclist it could be time to tighten up on the security of your bike following two recent thefts we've heard about in the Bitterne Park area.
Library pic

Concrete block put through Triangle cycle shop door

Arts festival hailed success as plans floated for bigger 2017 event

art of heritage 2016Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.

Southampton MP calls for urgency in tackling ‘air quality health crisis’

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxIn the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.

Duck race draws bank holiday crowds

duck race draws crowds 2016The annual duck race from Mansbridge to Woodmill drew a large crowd in fine weather on Monday (Aug 29).

Bitterne Park’s penny-farthing man

pennyfarthimgMeet Mark Metcalfe, the Bitterne Park man you may have seen riding a penny-farthing by the river.

Do you know mystery man who rescued Nero from river?

rebecca with nero croppedA mystery man, so far known only as Dave, jumped into the River Itchen on Saturday and rescued Rebecca Hutton’s black spaniel, Nero – and now Rebecca would like to track down Dave to thank him properly.

Pics: New Bitterne Park School: 'Work progressing well'

kier1 200xConstruction contractors Kier report that work has been progressing well on the new Bitterne Park School, which is being completely rebuilt.

Riverside gathering remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

from above credit saul and samAround 50 people spanning the generations gathered in Riverside Park near Cobden Bridge on Sunday evening (August 7) to light candles and remember the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were addressed by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Cathie McEwing, and Vice President of CND Rebecca Johnson. Pic: Saul & Sam

Want to be a Bitterne Park newshound?

LisaWant to become more creative or more active in the community? Then perhaps you'd like to become a Bitterne Park newshound, and sniff out a story or two? Or perhaps you'd like to help us improve our coverage in other ways, perhaps previewing arts, music or kids' stuff?

Junction Inn will be Southampton’s third ‘community asset’ pub

The Junction Inn, SouthamptonThe Junction Inn in St Denys will be only the third pub in Southampton to be registered as an asset of community value, giving the community an option to bid should it ever go onto the market, and making it harder to change the use of the building.

Portswood Police Station reopens to public

Portswood Police Station signCounter services will reopen at Portswood Police Station from July 19, while front counter services at Bitterne Police Station will stop from the end of July 16.

'Southampton people did Southampton proud'

southampton speaks by CWHundreds turned out for an anti-racist rally in Southampton on Saturday (July 2), to protest against far right groups which had been planning an event to celebrate Brexit, and which were expected to demonstrate under a ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ banner.

Want to be a part of a Southampton community brewing project?

butchers brew club groupsLocal home brewers who meet at The Butcher’s Hook have revealed plans to set up a community brewery in Southampton, and have launched a short survey to gauge interest in the idea.

Summer holiday closures at The Veg Shed

veg at veg shedThe Veg Shed has announced some summer holiday closures over the next few months.

Audio: Catch up with Southampton’s cultural conversation

What music means 460If you didn’t make it to the Culture City Fringe Event on June 9, there’s the chance to catch up with the speakers and the cultural conversation by following this link, where you’ll find a handy audio recording of the evening’s proceedings. Speakers include race and diversity pioneer Don John and collaborative artist Sarah Filmer.
Culture conversations continue in Southampton
Image: Mike

New team for Portswood bookshop

Independent bookshop October Books says a new team has formed to take it forward following an appeal earlier in the year for people to take over.

Green space used as dumping ground

frogs copse rubbish3 so18biglocalWhat do a mattress, a shopping trolley, a bicycle, a hose reel, a tent, a traffic cone and a glass window all have in common?

Do you remember White's newsagent?

st catherine rdRoger Oram writes from Oxford to say that he's looking for information about his grandmother who owned White's newsagent, which he says used to be at 27 St Catherines Road.

Sandro: book of remembrance, and funeral

sandro croppedA book of remembrance has been organised for people to sign and share memories following the tragic death of Sandro, the much-loved former proprietor of Il Picchio café at the Triangle. His funeral takes place on Friday (May 27).

Cleaning up at Frog's Copse

frogs copse signCommunity group SO18 Big Local is organising a morning clear up at local green space Frog's Copse, which will be followed by a 'seasonal walk' to assess future areas of action.

Men make off with Bitterne bank cash

police car signPolice are appealing for witnesses after £14,000 was stolen from a cash-in-transit driver in Bitterne.

Canoe club races on Itchen

canoe race riverside3 by sandra revellOur stretch of the Itchen was awash with canoeists on Sunday (May 22) as Southampton Canoe Club held their Hasler Marathon over four, eight and 12-mile courses passing Riverside Park.

Second micropub for Portswood?

tramstop bar portswood roadPlans are reportedly afoot to convert the former Portswood Road Surgery, opposite Trago Lounge, into another micropub, according to Hop Press magazine.

Conservative Ivan White holds Bitterne Park seat

Labour retains control of Southampton City Council

Ivan White 200px Ivan White has held on to his Bitterne Park ward council seat for the Conservatives, beating Labour's  Stephen Fenerty by 175 votes. But Labour has retained control of Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5.

Portswood bank to slash opening hours

Portswood's last of the 'big four' banks, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25. More on

Allotment association offers chance to buy plants at discount

Witts Hill AllotmentsSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) holds annual plant sales during May, offering the chance to buy young plants and seedlings for your garden or plot at discount prices.

Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit

smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.

Doctors strike in Southampton

nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).

Riverside geese flying proud following refurbishment

sarah in tree with-geese3cropped Ben QuextalThe shiny geese of Riverside Park have been refurbished and are now flying proud again following a crowd funding campaign which beat its £700 target in just 24 hours.
Pic: Artist Sarah Filmer working on her geese installation. Photo: Ben Quextal

Crowds cheer runners through Bitterne Park

runner ukes1Crowds were out in force on Sunday morning to cheer half marathon runners through Bitterne Park Triangle and Riverside Park, where Southampton Ukulele Jam, pictured, offered encouragement near Woodmill. Click through for more pics.

Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Police have now issued a second 'E-fit' image following an assault in Riverside Park earlier in the month that left a 12-year-old with serious injuries.

Clean Air Zone launched – but does it go far enough?

clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxThe Labour-led council has announced a voluntary 'Clean Air Zone' to cover the whole of Southampton before a compulsory zone is required by 2020, but new pressure group Clean Air Southampton has said the measures don't go far enough.

Nominate your favourite green space for award

Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.

Police issue E-fit after serious assault at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice have issued an 'Efit' image following the assault in Riverside Park on Thursday, April 7 that left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries. Click here to view and for police contact details, and to read our previous report on this incident click here.
• Second E-fit after Riverside Park assault

Call for traffic management survey of St Denys

priory rd 20 zoneFollowing a March meeting in St Denys organised by the Green Party about traffic issues, a petition's now been launched calling on Southampton council to “urgently initiate a full traffic management survey” of the area.

Weaverbird Workshops aim to get people inspired by crafts

logoWeaverbird Workshops, starting in May at St Mary's College on Midanbury Lane, aim to create a social group that gets local people involved in and inspired by crafts, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.

Proposal to cut opening times at waste & recycling centres

container-688939 640 200pxpixabaySouthampton City Council is consulting over a proposal to cut the number of opening hours, or days, at its recycling centre.

Video: Pollution in Southampton - 'We really must now act'

cleanairvidscreenshot200pxSpeaking at the launch of Clean Air Southampton , co-founder Colin MacQueen said a special 'Smogmobile' vehicle had been monitoring air quality during the rush hour, and average readings were roughly 50% above safe limits. Read more to watch our video report.

Copsewood Road fixed

copsewood carriageway collapseCopsewood Road re-opened on Wednesday (April 13), having been closed following a “carriageway collapse” over Easter weekend.

Now only two black cygnets by Riverside Park

black swans 2 cygnets
It's thought that only two of this year's new black swan cygnets have so far survived. Here's what we think happened to the other three.

Thanks to @noiseyBurd for the pic

Police appeal after 12-year-old seriously assaulted at Riverside Park

riverside park wooden sign smallPolice are appealing for witnesses after what's described as a serious assault on a 12-year-old boy at Riverside Park on Thursday (April 7).

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