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02 June 2015
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Annual Council of Faiths' Peace Walk

A walk around the city visiting different places of worship takes place on Sunday (June 7), starting at the Peace Fountain, East Park at 12.15pm.

 
Sky Ride's back in town

sky ride london 2010 under CC2 martin vmorrisTaking place this year on Sunday, July 19 from 11am-3pm, now's the time to register for your place on this free, family mass participation cycling event over an eight-kilometer traffic-free route around the city, which features a range of attractions along the way. More details here. Pic under CC2 by martin_vmorris

 
Will 3D printing live up to the hype?

June's Café Scientific talk in St Denys on Monday, June 8, is with Will Ashley from the University of Southampton, and will discuss whether 3D printing can live up to its hype.

 
Record-breaking month for bitternepark.info

Broken reckless record under CC2 by Martin Belam 460As we approach our tenth birthday we're pleased to report that bitternepark.info received a record-breaking number of visitors in May.

 
Owen Hatherley tour will look at St Marys & Northam

wyndam court L WeedyWriter and journalist Owen Hatherley, who focuses mainly on architecture and who grew up in Southampton, returns for another guided talk – this time around St Marys and Northam on Saturday, June 6.

 
Portswood & University Lloyds Bank branches to close

ImageLloyds Bank branches in Portswood and at the University of Southampton are due to close in August, it's been confirmed. More on this on our sister site portswood.info.

 
Branch of Women's Equality Party for Southampton?

Sandi Toksvig CC2 by stan wasFollowing Sandi Toksvig's announcement that she's leaving Radio 4's The News Quiz to help set up a new political party, a meeting's been arranged at Cobbett Road Library to talk about setting up a Southampton branch of The Women's Equality Party.
Pic: Sandi Toksvig by stan_was under CC2

 
Get everyday items fixed at next Repair Café

Repair Cafe logoIf you’re wondering what to do with a broken toaster, a jumper full of moth holes or a broken precious object, then take it to Repair Café on Saturday, June 6 at Freemantle United Reformed Church from 10.30am. And in July Repair Café will be at Cobbett Road Library - more info when we have it.
• Previously: Bin it? No way! Go to the Repair Café!

 
Police confirm identity of body found at Woodmill Lane

woodmill 200Updated: Police have confirmed that a body found at Woodmill on Sunday, May 24 was that of missing man Barrie Thompson. According to the Daily Echo he'd been the subject of a police investigation and arrested before leaving his home, but police haven't said why.

 
Naked Bike Ride will show cyclists’ vulnerability

Naked Bike Ride London 2009This year’s Southampton Naked Bike Ride takes place on Friday, June 5 from 6pm. 

 
Get a listing like this one for your business on bitternepark.info

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It's easy to get a listing like this one on bitternepark.info – and it's still only £35 a year! You can pay by BACS, credit or debit card, PayPal, BACS or cheque, and there are loads of categories to choose from. Contact us on 023 8001 8612, or drop us a line for more details!

 
Bitterne Parker: Lee McKenzie

Lee McKenzie 200pxHe grew up in Halstead Road, attended the local schools, and found it hard to choose between the five flavours of sherbert at the sweet shop. He went on to become a Radio Solent presenter, and in June Lee McKenzie commentates on the first European Games for a worldwide TV service.

 
Warm welcome home for Sprout the parrot

cliff and carol ayling with sproutHere are Cliff and Carol Ayling snapped delightedly welcoming home Sprout, their green pet parrot, after he went fly-about in Bitterne Park. Sprout was rescued on Monday after a plea went out on Facebook.

 
Video: Chilling message on libraries from 'Darth Vader' at Cobbett birthday party

 
As well as a dalek (see our previous report) and other characters, 'Darth Vader' was also present at Cobbett Road's 76th birthday celebration on May 16, with a chilling message about library closures! Many thanks to Alyssa Hickman, Bridget Elgie, Rose Hickman and all others involved for filing this exclusive video report for bitternepark.info!
• Cobbett birthday bash first outing for new local dalek

 
Cobbett birthday bash first outing for new local dalek

dalek cobbett rdA new local dalek, pictured with proud owners Steve and Charlotte Chandler, made her first public appearance at Cobbett Road Library's 76th birthday party on Saturday. Around 400 people came through the library's doors to hear stories, take part in quizzes, eat cake, enter a competition to name the dalek, and of course to celebrate their local.

 
Secondary school development: road issues main concern at resident meeting

Traffic, parking, security and proximity to existing houses were the main issues raised by residents at a meeting to discuss work that could start as early as October to build a completely new school in the grounds of Bitterne Park secondary.

 
Please don't feed ducks bread urges Riverside Park poster

feeding ducks bread poster croppedPosters designed by a local resident are now being displayed on Friends of Riverside Park noticeboards near the river urging people to think twice before feeding ducks bread.

 
New vape & barber shops for Triangle

thurman rye and summit montageAn e-cigarette shop – possibly combined with a crêpery outlet (crêpe & vape?) – and a new barber's shop are being lined up for the Triangle, we understand.

 
Planning application for flats & houses at Whitworth Crescent

street signResidents have until May 26 to comment on the latest planning application, to build three houses and six flats, on the site at 74 Whitworth Crescent, which is at the corner of Harcourt Road.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd (and now open Mondays), 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.

 
Smith takes Itchen for the Tories

Royston SmithGeneral election Royston Smith for the Conservatives has won the Southampton Itchen marginal constituency, taking it from Labour by 2,316 votes. 

 
Conservative David Fuller elected to council

pollingthisway128x64Local elections Conservative David Fuller has been elected in Bitterne Park ward to serve on the council with 2805 votes, which means the ward continues with three Tory councillors.

 
Charlie's chippy to continue under new management

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The latest from Gloria and Malcolm Pascoe at Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle is that they're still at the helm, but expect to hand over to new owners, who will continue with the chippy business, very soon. It's thought 'the legals' have taken longer than anticipated.
• Previously: Last few days at Charlie's for Gloria and Malcolm

 
Storm damage at Deepdene

deepdene path blocked Mike HallIt sure was windy on Tuesday night: Mike Hall's just sent us this pic of storm damage at Deepdene, with fallen branches apparently blocking one of the paths through the woods.

 
Video: Half marathon runners cheered through Bitterne Park

runners bitterne parkThe first ABP Southampton Half Marathon wound its way through Bitterne Park on Sunday, with locals turning out to cheer competitors through the Triangle and Riverside Park as they neared the halfway mark. 'Read more' to see a video.

 
Change of ownership at Triangle ice cream parlour

doras new ownersKevin and Andrea Rayner – pictured left with original owners Victoria and Darren Metcalfe – have taken over Triangle ice cream parlour Dora’s Cups & Cones, which first opened in April last year.

 
Church seeks volunteers to help run café

churchascensiontower128The Ascension Centre at Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, is on the lookout for some volunteers to help run its Windows Café that runs on Tuesday and Wednesdays. More info on their website

 
Initial design ideas for new secondary school revealed

bitterne park secondary exteriorBitterne Park Secondary School reports that it will be holding another residents meeting in late April/early May about plans for the school to be replaced by completely new buildings, and in the meantime has released another bulletin which shows initial designs.

 
Veg Shed seeks support

veg shed opening dayThe team behind The Veg Shed, which now pops up at Bitterne Park Triangle weekly on Saturdays selling fresh fruit and veg, are looking for people to help it continue into the future because its founders can't sustain the time and commitment that's required, according to a Facebook post.

 
School puts in plans to enclose part of park

park plan planning signThe public has until April 21 to comment on a planning application submitted by Bitterne Park Primary School to enclose part of Riverside Park with a 2.1m fence, “stop up” the existing footpath behind the school and divert it around the perimeter of the fenced area.

 
Getting in the stride at the opening of rideride

cj edward and Mikey Powell New Triangle bike store and workshop 'rideride' officially opened on Saturday, with music from CJ Edwards – star from The Voice – & Mikey Powell, and an open day from 10am-4pm.

 
Flytipping at Woodmill car park

oil1Updated Carey Joyce has emailed these pictures of what appears to be oil, spilled, and perhaps in containers, left in Woodmill car park by the recycling bins along with other household rubbish.

 
Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

view1 over cobdenAs repairs start to St Denys Church, here are some fine photos of Bittene Park sparkling in the sunshine on Wednesday (March 25) taken by Dr Badcrumble from the church roof.
• Repairs underway to restore St Denys Church

 
Repairs underway to restore St Denys Church

The exterior of the church with scaffolding erected (1)Repair works have started to restore the Victorian Grade II listed St Denys Church, which was designed by the celebrated architect George Gilbert Scott and consecrated in 1868.
• Pics from church roof: Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

 
Woman assaulted on Cobden Bridge

Police have launched a witness appeal after a woman was assaulted as she walked home over Cobden Bridge.

 
Call for 'full, thorough & open investigation' into library options

library protest read in 2Conservatives moved a motion at Wednesday's (March 18) full council meeting calling for suggestions submitted as part of the library consultation process to be “thoroughly investigated”.

• Audio: Full roundup with pictures of Wednesday's protest

 
Audio: Huge support for libraries

library protest kidsThere was substantial support for the campaign to save threatened Southampton libraries on Wednesday lunchtime. 'Read more' to see lots of pictures and hear audio from the day.

• Call for 'full, thorough & open investigation' into library options

 
Flytipping at Deepdene

deepdene flytippingHere's a rather depressing picture taken at Deepdene, the open space off Midanbury Lane, of someone's old furniture that's been discarded in the woods. It's thought to have been left on Sunday afternoon/evening (March 15).

 
New facilities on Nursery Road?

loo nursery rd by maddie allan 200pxThanks to Maddy Allan for sending in this pic, apparently of new facilities on the pavement at Nursery Road.
• If you've spotted something unusual in the area, feel free This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you're happy for it to be published/shared on social media.

 
Bring back balloon festival – petition

Southampton International Balloon Festival under cc2 by Damien EverettAn online petition calling on the council to bring back the Southampton Balloon and Flower Festival, which was an annual event held in the summer on Southampton Common, has attracted over 2,800 signatures in just a few days.

 
Audio: Views on Cobbett Road Library's future

cobbett meeting tv viewIn this twelve-minute audio we feature interviews with just a few of the many politicians and residents who were at Monday's (Feb 23) Ascension Centre meeting about the future of Cobbett Road Library. Read more and use the audio player to listen.

 
Spring at Riverside Park?

spring at riverside parkHere's a weekend kind of shot, of blooming bulbs at Riverside Park in March sunshine. We always like to see pics of the local area - feel free to email yours in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a brief description if you're happy for us to publish them on our sites and social media.

 
Don't use your loaf!

swans group bigFollowing on from our 2013 article, large quantities of bread often continue to be left at the bottom of the ramp from the Triangle down to Riverside Park according to recent resident reports, which isn't good for birds or dogs and which is likely to attract rats.

 
Orange sky at night

sunset over river from st denys by L OwenThanks to Louise Owen for this fine orange sky at night shot over the Itchen from St Denys. We always love to see your pics of the area and to publish what we can, so feel free This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post them on our Facebook page.

 
Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageWear 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.

 
Robbery at Manor Farm Road Co-op

co-operative food sign cobden bridge storePolice are appealing for information after a robbery at the Co-op store on Manor Farm Road, Bitterne Park on Thursday evening at 6.45pm.

 
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