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70,000 will fail to qualify for state pension under new rules, says charity

Age UK Southampton Logo copyAround 50,000 women and 20,000 men in their fifties and sixties are set to miss out entirely on the new state pension between now and 2030 because they don’t have the minimum number of qualifying years under new rules, according to charity Age UK.

Petition opposes public space protection orders in Southampton

Homeless detail by SLR Jester under CC2A new petition opposing public space protection orders in Southampton, which petitioners say "pose a threat to civil liberties and [criminalise] homelessness and begging," has been launched on website 38 Degrees.

Black swans: all grown up!

050Tony Bunday sends these latest shots of our local black swan 'cygnets', all grown up and flying!

Man with crowbar forces entry to Priory Road house

prioryrdsignPolice are appealing for witnesses after a man carrying a crowbar forced his way into a Priory Road house on Wednesday (March 9), threatening the person who answered the door.

Plenty of sparkle at The Dolphin in St Denys

dolphin steve at pumpsIf you visited The Dolphin pub after a gap of a few years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that not much had changed. But the more you look, the more you'll see, hear and taste all kinds of changes since Inez Williams and Stephen Wicken, pictured, took over the St Denys local last year.

Bitterne Park playwright's latest production goes on tour

upbeat graphicBitterne Park playwright Deborah Gearing's latest play UpBeat – the story of a brother and sister as they chart the ebb and flow of their lives on a journey from youthful rebellion to adult ideals – visits a host of venues across the region in March and April.

Warnings to Riverside dog walkers over 'poisoned sausages'

woodmill golf course winterWarnings have been posted on social media claiming that a dog died after eating “poisoned sausages” in Riverside Park.

Ceremony gets multi-million pound school rebuild underway

New Build Groundbreaking Ceremony010reducedPupils and staff at Bitterne Park School celebrated the start of work on their multi-million pound new school building at a groundbreaking ceremony on March 3.

Spitfire flies over Bitterne Park Triangle

spitfire2 by tim forcerA Spitfire flew over Cobden Bridge at around 10.20am on Friday, as part of celebrations for the plane's 80th anniversary.  Tim Forcer captured the flypast on camera over Cobden Bridge, and sent this report.

Is Southampton really a property hotspot?

IMG 9922Is Southampton really a property hotspot? Director of Enfields Bitterne, Kevin Ashley, takes a look at current market conditions for those thinking of buying or selling a property around Bitterne Park.

Health checks can help to prevent problems

Did you know that you’re entitled to a free NHS health check if you're between the ages of 40 and 74?

Want to run an independent bookshop?

october booksOctober Books in Portswood is looking for a group of people to take over the running of the community bookshop.

Great view from on high!

gulls from bridge1There was a great view from Cobden Bridge on Thursday morning (Feb 25) - you can see a few more snaps in this series over on our Facebook page, where we regularly post pics - old and new - from around the area.

Bitterne Park home brewers to launch second commercial beer

Dancing man 8A Bitterne Park-based group of home brewers has designed a second beer that will shortly go on sale commercially.

Collision closes part of Manor Farm Road on Monday evening

manorfarmroadsignPart of Manor Farm Road was reportedly closed on Monday evening (Feb 22) following a road traffic incident.

Photo: 'Fortunate to have wildlife on our doorstep'

deer john payneThanks to John Payne, who sent us this picture of a deer he managed to snap on February 19 in our area.

Bookshop Alehouse looking good inside

IMG 20160214 201129As Southampton's latest micropub, The Bookshop Alehouse in Portswood, prepares to open on Wednesday (Feb 17), here's a sneak photographic look at the interior, taken at a preview event at the weekend.

Search and rescue operation around Cobden Bridge

hm coastguard SandR cobden bridgeUpdate: according to the Echo the search "for a 25-year old man" is continuing Sunday.
A search and rescue operation was mounted at around 10pm on Saturday night (Feb 13) which will have been heard by many in Bitterne Park and St Denys, and which appeared to centre around areas near Cobden Bridge.

Black swan cygnets seem to be doing well

swans black feb 13 2016 Jacqueline BromleyWe've been following the progress of this black swan couple and their five cygnets on the Itchen around our patch this year, and this recent photo by shows the family looks like it's still doing fine (Read More for larger version). 

Video: 'Poo Barge' has to wait

We've just received this intriguing video: "At noon today [Feb 10, 2016] high tide was a mighty 4.8 meters and the 'Poo Barge' was forced to wait at the railway bridge for the water to drop before continuing on its journey," writes our correspondent L. Weedy.

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