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Students raise funds for community garden

campus collectiveA group of students have launced a crowdfunding campaign to create a community garden in Portswood, that they hope will build important bridges between university students and the local community. Read more on

New additions to

local info menu croppedWe've added some new links and feeds to to help you access information, and even report problems, more easily.

Could you help with our What's On page?

calendar green pixabay 200 whats onWe're on the lookout for one or more people who might be able to volunteer from one hour a week to help make our What's On section even better, and turn it into a really useful resource.

Tougher punishments proposed for shining laser pens at planes

plane landing-735299 460 pixabayThe Department for Transport (DfT) wants new powers to crack down on those caught shining laser pens to distract pilots, train drivers and motorists.

Watch film about Bitterne traffic scheme from 1974

bitterneroadsignHere's a film locals may well enjoy: some fifteen rather detailed minutes all about Southampton's evolving traffic system back in 1974,  encouraging the use of public transport when roads were clogged with private cars with often only one person in them even then.

Video: Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the river...

Thanks to Jason Casey for posting this video onto our Facebook page and letting us run it on the website. Watch to enjoy a very interesting trip up and down our stretch of the river near Riverside Park. The camera even takes us under Cobden Bridge, on what looks like a lovely day...


Police warning after lasers shone at aircraft

West Midlands Police Helicopter under CC2 by WMPPolice are highlighting the dangers of shining laser pens at aircraft following a spate of reported incidents – one of which is thought to have originated from Bitterne Park.

Have you found us on Facebook?

autumn long shadows riverside 460Have you found us on Facebook? There's often local pics, discussion, and of course local news delivered via your own Facebook stream.  Just visit our Facebook page and 'Like' it >>

Public Space Protection Orders: 'need reviewing'

pspo sign portswoodThe BBC recently reported that, seven months after Public Space Protection Order ‘anti-begging’ fines were introduced in Southampton, not one has been paid, with “critics saying it’s proof the scheme is a failure,” and a cabinet member saying the scheme needs to be reviewed.

• Donate £12 & give a dinner to someone facing homelessness

Company behind All Hallows nursery plan revealed

all hallows demolished signsUpdated While there was an emotive response to news of the demolition of All Hallows church at Witts Hill following our previous story, we can reveal that the site has been earmarked for the second branch of a Hampshire nursery.
• All Hallows church demolished

Homes under the Hammer features Bitterne

TV sharp-1844964 640pixabay under CCWe understand the BBC TV programme Homes under the Hammer, aired on Thursday (Dec 8), featured a property in Bitterne, although we're told it "showed quite a lot of footage of Bitterne Park and Riverside Park to illustrate where it was - somewhat confusingly!". You can watch it for a limited period on the BBC iPlayer - from around 32 minutes in.

Should we create grammar schools in Southampton, asks MP

Royston Smith The MP for Southampton Itchen, Royston Smith (Con), is running what he describes as a “local referendum” on his website, asking whether respondents are in favour of the creation of new grammar schools in Southampton.

All Hallows church demolished

all hallows demolishedUpdated: All Hallows church at Witts Hill (SO18 4QG) has been demolished, and plans have been put in for a new children's day care facility in a two-storey building on the site.
Company behind All Hallows nursery plan revealed

School poster controversy makes it into national press

bitterne park secondary exteriorUpdated: Reports of a controversy over a “challenging” poster, that appears to suggest unprepared students could end up alone, depressed or worse, but which it’s claimed is intended to spark discussion and debate, have made it into the national press.

R4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ looks at Southampton’s air quality

port sunset copyrightBBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group.
• Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light

Have your say on council’s proposed £42.3 million budget cuts

civic centre gp 460 stylisedSouthampton City Council is consulting over new budget proposals to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government.

Artist appeals for return of irreplaceable etching plates

dimond road signA collection of unique etching plates – the result of over two years’ work and of no value to anyone else – was stolen from an artist's car parked in Dimond Road on Tuesday night (Nov 15).

Cash and jewellery taken in Bullar Road burglary

bullar rd signJewellery including gold and diamond earrings worth £600 and a watch worth £200 were taken along with around £1000 in cash from a Bullar Road address in Bitterne Park on Friday, September 11.

Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk

drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures reveal that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.

H Palace for sale

h-palace nightTriangle Chinese and Thai restaurant and takeaway H Palace is listed as being on the market on a business sales website.

No reopening date for Triangle charity shop

barnardosBarnardo’s have said that they don’t know when their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop will reopen, following structural damage inside.

How to add events to our What's On page

calendar green pixabay 200 whats onPosting your events on our What's On page is a free, easy, two-step process (or one step once you have a login), and it's the fastest way to get your event on the site. We often then pick up on listings for news items and our social media feeds. Here's how to do it...

Triangle newsagent on the market

newsagent triangleA convenience store at Bitterne Park Triangle appears from a listing on to be on the market.

Cobden Bridge retirement flat developments

McCarthy and Stone retirement flats Southampton It looks like things are really getting going at the McCarthy and Stone site by Cobden Bridge, where 51 one- and two-bedroom retirement apartments are being been built.
• Ekco Radio sign 'won't be visible long term'
• Could be long wait for bus shelter

Whitworth Crescent: explaining recent tree works

whitworth trees1Following on from our previous story, 'Will trees get the chop?', about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, an arboricultural consultant who works for the company which recently removed a large poplar tree and pollarded another on the road wrote in to explain what's been happening.

The mystery of the Mansbridge pump

mansbridge pump 200px LWGil Shelley writes to ask if any readers know who is responsible for this large blue diesel pump on the towpath by the river at Mansbridge, and why it’s there?

Stay warm and well this winter says Age UK Southampton

noone should have nooneAs the clocks turn back and the nights draw in Age UK Southampton is busying itself for the winter months by launching its annual winter health campaign.

Join library art group

sculptureThe exciting local event earlier this month, as Cobbett Road Library celebrated the 25th birthday of its statue, Art Within Reach, allowed us to see an exhibition of paintings by Dot Winteridge, who modelled for the statue and is herself an accomplished artist. The exhibition of Dot’s work includes some beautiful landscapes and is well worth a visit, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.


Future in doubt at Bitterne Park Hotel

bitterne park hotel exterior March 2016Update: The Bitterne Park Hotel said on its Facebook page that it closed on Friday night (Oct 28).
The Bitterne Park Hotel could be closing again as soon as Monday (October 31), having only reopened under new management in August.

Still time to get involved with End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out

ssj sleepout press shot croppedEvery night there are around 83,000 young people in the UK with no safe space to go to sleep, according to city homelessness charity Society of St James (SSJ), which is inviting people to get involved with this year’s End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out fundraiser on November 11.

Video: Black swans come ashore; one worse for wear

swans from video2Click through to see the black swans filmed by the Itchen at the Pettinger Gardens park. Unfortunately one seems to have suffered some damage: it can still walk and swim but probably not fly, we're told. Thanks to Catherine Wright for this video.

Help save Southampton Scrapstore!

scrap store website image used with permissionSouthampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5
• Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running

13-year-old robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way

townhill way signA 13-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way, close to Moorlands Community Centre.

Cyclists urged to tighten security after spate of bike thefts

bikes by riverside treePolice say they recorded 54 cycle thefts between September 12 and October 12 around Southampton, and are urging cyclists to secure their bikes using D-locks.
Library pic

Solent devolution: Southampton approves combined authority plans

civic centreSouthampton City Council says plans for a Solent Combined Authority took a big step forward on October 19 as  it became the second local authority to agree to formalise an application to government for a devolution deal for the Solent region.

Funding boost for local kids' projects
SO18 big local logo smallLocal children will be supported to get reading, get messy and get moving after funds were awarded to various projects aimed at improving outcomes for children in the SO18 Big Local area, which covers parts of Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park.
Southampton Ukes smash crowdfunding target in just 36 hours

Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had set a deadline of November 14 to meet their £2,000 target to crowdfund a documentary, walked it to their total in only 36 hours – and now say they want to “go large” and raise even more funds.

Audio / Video: Sculptor revisits his work at Cobbett Library - 25 years on

kevin atherton with statueKevin Atherton, creator of the well-known 'Art within Reach' statue at Cobbett Hub & Library – pictured left – was just one of many celebrating the bronze statue's 25th anniversary on Saturday (Oct 15). Click through to hear Kevin chatting about the work, and for more pictures from the day - as well as a short video of the statue's 're-unveiling', and another video made in 1990 when it was first seen.

Third arson attack at Riverside 'dragon' park

dragonSouthampton City Council have said on their "Play" Facebook page that there's been a third attack on the tunnel that links the two play units at the 'Dragon Park', and called for extra vigilance as we approach Halloween and Bonfire night.

Will trees get the chop?

whitworth crescent sign 460We understand there are concerns about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, and that other trees could face the chop in Bitterne Precinct.

Midanbury Post Office to close for revamp

midanbury post officeMidanbury Post Office is to close for a fortnight, from Tuesday, October 18 until Tuesday, November 1, for refurbishment work.

Share your River Itchen stories for theatre show

Catherine Wright and Anna Carr 200pxWhen did you steal a kiss by the river? What was it like on the river in wartime? And what’s the oddest thing you ever lost or found in the river? A local theatre company duo are calling out to local people to share their stories and memories featuring the River Itchen, to weave into a show to be performed next year.

Talking to Dot Winteridge: Being the model for famous ‘Art within Reach’ statue

Dot (2)As celebrations are planned for Saturday, October 15 to mark the 25th anniversary of Cobbett Road’s famous statue ‘Art within Reach’, Doreen Le Huquet talks to Dorothy Winteridge, one of the first users of Cobbett Road Library from its opening in May 1939, and the model for the statue.
Big celebration as library statue celebrates 25th birthday!

Church now running community centre; ‘will secure it for 25 years’

city life church logo

UPDATED: A church has finally taken over the running of a local community centre over a year after the asset transfer was approved by the council, and says the building has now been secured for the community for at least 25 years.

Pride of Place Project asks: ‘What does Southampton mean to you?’

caravan galleryThe Southampton Pride of Place Project is coming, with residents being encouraged to help create exhibitions about our city through a photo competition, and evolving display in East Street.

Bitterne Parker: Heather Aspinall

Heather Aspinall 200Heather Aspinall will be retiring as CEO of the Rose Road Association in 2017 after 22 years, and is looking forward to future adventures. She's lived in Bitterne Park since 2005, and it was her patch when she was a social worker in the 70s and 80s.

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