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Southampton businesses invited to CRUMBS conference

crumbs logoSmall and medium sized businesses in Southampton are being invited to a conference to find out about becoming greener and more energy efficient.

Heritage Open Day at St Denys Church

You can admire the architecture of Sir George Gilbert Scott, see the 18th century grand organ (an instrument of national historic significance), and relics from the nearby 12th Century Priory during a Heritage Open Day on September 19 to St Denys Church – the largest and least altered Victorian space in Southampton.

Cobden Avenue post: first none’ll come, then a lot’ll

delayed cobden avenue postFollowing our earlier report of post delivery problems in Cobden Avenue, resident Mike Hall has now received a week’s worth of mail in one day. But where on earth has it been hiding?

Bitterne Parker: Deborah Gearing

Deborah Gearing smallIt's the art galleries, the people making art of all kinds accessible – a really diverse crowd of people setting out to do their own thing – that makes the city feel exciting for Deborah Gearing, who "writes plays, teaches writing and makes theatre with interesting people".

Mini Market at Ascension Centre

A Mini Market takes place at the Ascension Centre in Bitterne Park on Saturday, September 6 from 10am - details here.

Riverside Park: Is it a hand grenade?

hand grenade 1 AMAnn MacGillivray reports that police attended Riverside Park on Tuesday (August 12) following the sighting of a suspected hand grenade by the water’s edge.

Take an Open Studios tour

open studios signHow about taking a tour around Hampshire, visiting out of the way studios, galleries – even people’s homes to meet artists, view and purchase art work and sometimes have a go, during Hampshire Open Studios which runs (more or less) from August 16-25.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, offers an impressive range of up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

Making a difference for 35 years: foster carer Gillian White

Gillian White SCCWhat type of person spends 35 years looking after other people’s children? People like Gillian White.

28 things to do with the kids this summer

picnic under CC2 by Ozgur Mulazımoglu School’s out for summer! But what to do? Here’s Rebecca Welton’s pick of 28 things to consider doing with kids in and around the city these holidays. Heck, some of them are even free! And if you have other ideas, why not comment below. Happy holidays!
Photo under CC2 by Özgür Mülazımoğlu

Second tattoo studio for Triangle

ink factory tattooA second tattoo studio looks set to open shortly at Bitterne Park Triangle.

Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageClick & collect Wear your Bitterne Parker T-shirt with pride, while at the same time supporting your favourite local website! Just order online, and we'll rush your shirt to Bitterne Park Triangle, ready for you to collect. How easy is that? Click through to find out more and to order while stocks last.

August art exhibition at Ascension Centre

As part of Hampshire Open Studios, the two art groups that meet at the Ascension Centre, Thorold Road, are exhibiting during August.

Art at the Heart of Southampton in August

under constructionCelebrate 50 years of Nuffield and the City of Southampton with an eye-popping extravaganza of theatre, dance, film and music in a specially built venue at the Art at the Heart Festival from August 1 to 17. Rebecca Welton looks at what's on and when.

Audio: Clockgate update!

triangle clock at 12Special Investigation Bitterne Parkers have been left feeling confused and bewildered by the irregular striking of the Triangle clock in recent weeks. But after receiving one report that the issue had been logged as a fault with the council, we then received a tip-off that time is in fact being 'bonged' correctly. So we headed off just before noon on Tuesday to find out what's what with the Triangle clock. And this is what we heard...

Council consults over service changes

civic centre under CC2 by Nochn NordlichtThe council is consulting with residents over proposals that could change the way it delivers various services, so it can "maximise its decreasing resources".

What does home mean to you?

home isThe average number of rough sleepers found on outreach sessions in Southampton has doubled since 2008, but addressing homelessness is about much more than putting a roof over someone’s head, says Hannah Stewart from local charity The Society of St James.

Want to run a community centre?

townhill park community centre 200pxThe council is inviting expressions of interest for voluntary, community or faith organisations to run and manage Townhill Park Community Centre in Meggeson Avenue, under its Community Asset Transfer (CAT) programme.

Sunday opening for Butcher’s Hook

butchers hook open sundaysThe Butcher’s Hook Alehouse at Bitterne Park Triangle has announced it’s now going to open on Sundays from 2-11pm, and is launching ‘Seven Stories’ – a “weekly evening of performance and dialogue” on Sunday evenings, “curated by characters from Southampton’s cultural landscape.”

Try a gentle 'led walk' at Riverside Park

ramp to riverIf you fancy getting out and about, as well as the chance to socialise, then why not try a gentle 'led walk' at Riverside Park?

Who's a pretty park?

rainbow over river by Ian THere's a rather magical picture of Riverside Park, over the Itchen and under a rainbow, taken by on Sunday evening (July 6). Great shot! Click through to see the larger version.

Dispersal orders to ‘disrupt anti-social behaviour’

witts hill sign croppedTwo orders which allow police to disperse gatherings of more than two people come into effect in the Kingsdown Way and Rowlands Walk area of Townhill, and the Witts Hill area of Midanbury, from July 4 until January 4, 2015.

Secondary school: from ‘Outstanding’ to ‘Good’

bitterneparkschoolsignBitterne Park School, which was inspected by Ofsted on June 10 and 11, 2014, has now been given a ‘Good’ overall effectiveness rating. It was previously ranked ‘Outstanding’ from a 2009 inspection.

Rupert the cat returns home - hungry!

cat rupert foundFollowing Monday's appeal for Bitterne Parkers to be on the lookout for Ruper the cat, who went missing from the Ash Tree Road area, we're pleased to report that he returned home by himself – somewhat hungry, apparently! His owner thinks he had probably been shut in somewhere.

Fire off Bitterne Road

bitterneroadsignHampshire Fire Service attended a large fire in a garden off Bitterne Road on Thursday evening (June 26). According to the Fire Service, fridges, sofas and a bed were on the fire. A jet was used to put it out, and two pumps and a land rover attended from St Marys station. One outbound lane on Bitterne Road West was closed for a short period near the library.

Woman released from car after Woodmill Lane incident

rta woodmill lane manor farm rdHampshire Fire and Rescue Service had to release one woman from a car into the care of South Central Ambulance Service after a traffic incident involving two private vehicles on Wednesday evening at around 7.30pm in Bitterne Park.

Man 'pins boy to ground' in Riverside Park assault

riverside park treesPolice say a 10-year-old boy suffered bruising when he was assaulted by a man in Riverside Park between 5.30 and 6pm on Tuesday, June 3.

Summer of sport makes gambling hot issue

who stays in control under cc2 by Alan StantonAs a summer of sport gets underway, problem gambling is likely to be a hot issue for many. Louise Harris from Options Wellbeing Trust, a Southampton agency that offers free counselling for people experiencing or affected by problem gambling, takes a closer look at what's often a hidden addiction – and the help that's available.

Have you seen Georgie?

georgie parrotClaire Tydeman is appealing for sightings of Georgie, her parrot, who's lost in the Dimond Road area.

Portswood bookstore makes national news

october books signPortswood community bookshop October Books has made the national news, with this feature in The Guardian newspaper, which reports the shop “managed to obtain the £6000 it needed to renew its lease”. The piece charts the shop’s history and looks at the national alternative bookshop picture. Read the article here.
Meet authors at October Books on Saturday June 21

1990 BBC report: taking a book out of the library

sculptureRadio Solent presenter Katie Martin recently posted a South Today video report from 1990 onto Facebook, about the unveiling of the well-known statue on Bitterne Road West of a woman – literally – taking a book out of Cobbett Road Library. It features interviews with the subject, Dot Winteridge, and others who were there on the day. Click here to view the video on Facebook.

Guardian explores Bitterne voting intentions

Owen Jones talks to voters in Bitterne in a piece headlined "Bitterne bites back: 'People are coming over here and taking jobs and homes'" published in The Guardian on Monday (June 16).

Chance to dance this summer

A week-long summer dance school takes place during the holidays at Bitterne Park Sixth Form for children aged 4-12+, with tuition in various dance styles, and culminating with a performance in front of friends and family.

Barton Peveril launches autumn adult learning courses

Adult Learners' Week takes place from June 14 – 20, and Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh has launched a new course programme for adults, with time to reserve places before the summer break.

Bitterne Park students meet HRH The Prince of Wales

Students from Bitterne Park School were travelling to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Stratford-upon-Avon home to meet HRH The Prince of Wales, the RSC’s President, on June 2.

EjectorSeat Festival cancelled

crowd at ejector seatSouthampton's arts, culture and music festival, EjectorSeat, which was scheduled for June 14, has been cancelled due to "an unsuccessful funding application".

Promote your business locally

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Bitterne Park elects Tory

John InglisLabour has held on to control of Southampton City Council, but Bitterne Park ward remains Conservative after the re-election of John Inglis (left), at Thursday’s local election. 'Read more' to see how we voted.

Audio: Taking the poetry prize at library's 75th birthday celebration

poetry winner parental permissionSix-year-old Millie Cowdrey, pictured with her mum, was the winner of Friends of Cobbett Road Library’s poetry competition – and was awarded her prize at the library’s 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday (May 17). ‘Read more’ to hear her poem.

Bitterne Park Hotel listed as community asset

bitterneparkhotellogoSouthampton City Council has added the Bitterne Park Hotel to its ‘List of Assets of Community Value’, giving the community a chance to bid on, and buy the property should owner Enterprise Inns ever decide to sell.

October Books seeks 'help through sticky patch'

Community bookshop October Books, which has been in Portswood for 11 years, has launched a campaign urging supporters to help it through a sticky patch. Click to read the full story on

Man denies bomb hoax charge

The BBC reports that a man has denied being involved in a bomb hoax that led to the evacuation of houses in Bitterne Park on Wednesday. Their story is here.

Bitterne Park Hotel re-opens under new management

bitterneparkhotelexteriorclosedBitterne Park Hotel is re-opening under new management (Friday, May 9) – and the new publican says refurbishment is on the cards.

Small husky found at Triangle

We're told a small husky was found at the Triangle at 8am on Wednesday, May 7. It's apparently been given in to the "local pound" - the contact number given is 023 8083 2531 - a council line, although this council link may also prove handy.

Biometric fingerprinting for Bitterne Park School

fingerprint under CC2 by Jose Luis AgapitoBitterne Park secondary school is introducing a cashless catering scheme in the second half of the summer term, and has written to parents asking to use children’s fingerprints for a biometric identification system.

Last service at All Hallows

all hallows 1The last service of Holy Communion was held at All Hallows Midanbury on Sunday April 27, 2014, when nearly seventy past and present members filled the church, including former clergy of the Parish of Bitterne Park – writes Andrew Brunnen.

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