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21 October 2017

"Hi. This is just a comment on your website as I have just discovered it. I am a Bitterne Parker Parker because that's my last name! I lived in Bitterne Park at the White Lodge, Castle Road. I now live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada. Thanks for the lovely reminder of Bitterne Park."
Colin Parker, Vancouver Island

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Can you share memories of Bitterne Park in the 40s?

bitterne park primary junior schoolPat Millard – then Pat Steele –who lived in Oak Tree Road in the 40s, writes to see if anyone has more information about being a pupil at the local school during that period.

 
Charlie Dimmock unveils memorial to man who lit up Townhill Park

Charlie Dimmock celebrates monument in Townhill Park SouthamptonGardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock has unveiled a memorial to commemorate Ivan Nicholls, who was perhaps better known as Father Christmas in Townhill Park – and way beyond.

 
Blitz on motorists using mobiles behind the wheel

texting while driving under cc2 by Intel Free PressPolice have announced a further crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel. 

 
MUGA taking shape at Riverside Park

muga gioUpdated Here's Gio. He's one of the team which is constructing the new Multi Use Games Area, or MUGA, at Riverside near the skating area, which will provide a hard playing surface and fencing, with line markings for various sports.

 
Triangle butcher’s shuts after only few months

garsons butcher empty 2015Moor’s Family Butchers at Bitterne Park Triangle has closed just months after launching.

 
Council publishes ten-year cycling strategy

bikes under CC2 by Patrick GoossensFollowing a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.

 
Free summer season of art and events in Southampton’s Guildhall Square

Markus Bergstrom - PavilionUpdated: From mid-July through to the end of the summer holidays in early September, Guildhall Square will be the place for a series of free family music events, performances and activities.
• Check www.discoversouthampton.co.uk & www.jhg.art, and @SummerintheSq on Twitter for event details

 
Triangle bus stop moves until 'end of August 2018'

bus shelter missingThe bus stop at Bitterne Park Triangle for routes heading towards Portswood (First 7, Unilink U9, college buses) has been closed "due to building work taking place adjacent to the stop". A temporary bus stop is in place, it's thought until "the end of August 2018" by the Bitterne Park Hotel.
Previously: Could be long wait for bus shelter

 
Southampton Itchen now ‘top target seat for Labour’

southampton itchen map wikimediaThe general election result in Southampton Itchen, which saw Conservative Royston Smith win by a majority of just 31 votes, means the constituency is now first in Labour’s list of ‘top ten target seats’, according to a Guardian report.
Smith clings on to Southampton Itchen - by 31 votes!

 
Library statue gets spruce-up

sculptureThe celebrated ‘Art within Reach’ statue at Cobbett Road Library benefited from a clean and polish on June 8 – for the first time since it was officially unveiled in 1991.

 
Consultation offers chance to give your river views

general panorama reduced
Public input is being invited over “challenges” resulting from a sluice gate near Woodmill nearing “the end of its economic life” – with possible solutions involving the creation of a white water canoe course at Woodmill or weirs near the pitch and putt course.

 
Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition

lion cup 2017Bitterne Local History Society is inviting entries to its Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition.

 
Find out if timebanks are for you…

timebank logoMembers of timebanks help each other by trading skills, and have found a way to socialise at the same time. You can find out more about how timebanks work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker.

 
Audio: Our day at Riverfest

riverfest crowdIn this half hour audio, we take a tour of Riverfest, and chat to lots of people about the day.

 
Sun sets on first Riverfest

riverfest sun goes downThere was dancing to Midi Moths as the sun went down over the river by the High Tide Stage on Saturday (May 27) at Riverfest.
• Listen: Our day at Riverfest

 
Riverfest flag: can you spot the Southampton landmarks?

riverfest flag artworkUPDATED WITH LIST OF LANDMARKS 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

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

 
Digital skills and promotion workshops

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

 
‘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.

 
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!

 
Building a new Bitterne Park school

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

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 bitternepark.info.

 
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 portswood.info

 
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.

 
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 bitternepark.info.

 
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.

 
Break in at Cotton's bakery

butcher  baker triangle exteriorWe understand there was a break in at Cotton's bakery at Bitterne Park Triangle overnight (March 15/16).

 
Council gets grant to help rough sleepers

person on street with police officerSouthampton City Council has secured £400,000 over two years to help rough sleepers.

 
Do you need a blood pressure check?

blood-pressure-pixabay 460Estimates show that 25,110 people in Southampton are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure – one of the leading causes of premature death and disability in England – but free NHS health checks to pick up on the issue are available at various Southamptoin locations.

 
Bitterne Leisure Centre pool closes for repairs "until futher notice"

bitterne leisure centreBitterne Leisure Centre swimming pool has suddently closed for repairs "for the safety of all users".

 
'Love the Triangle' meeting recommendations going to council

triangle pixelated 460Approximately 20 people attended the Love the Triangle meeting on Valentine’s evening in the Butcher's Hook to share their ideas about how Bitterne Park Triangle could be improved. Thanks to the organisers for sharing the following summary. 

 
First service 7 rerouted from February 26

bus first no 7 city red at bitterne parkBus company First has revealed changes to its service 7 from February 26, involving a change of direction around the route’s loop in Midanbury and Towhnill Park.

 
Triangle butcher's: Ricky's ready to roll!

ricky moor triangle butcher close2Ricky Moor is all set to reopen the butcher's shop – which has been empty since early 2015 – at Bitterne Park Triangle this week.

 
Music venue founder Bryn Lewis passes away

bryn lewis courtesy the brookThe Brook has announced that the music venue’s founder and creator, Bryn Lewis, who was a Bitterne Parker, has sadly died.

 
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