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28 July 2014
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Art at the Heart of Southampton in August

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Celebrate 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.

 
Bitterne Parker: Colin McAllister

Colin McAllister sleepy smallThis time our Bitterne Parker is co-founder of Southampton Ukulele Jam, one half of DJ duo 'Al-X & MC Uke', host of our very own live podcast series 'Spiralpod', and so very much more. It's Colin McAllister!

 
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

 
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?

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The 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.

 
Photography workshop at Cobbett Road Library

camera photographerTony Willey will be holding a free photographic workshop Cobbett Road Library on Thursday, July 24. He'll be talking about early film cameras and photography, and bring some old cameras to take a look at.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Computer repairs come to Triangle

bitterne park computers signA computer repair and build service has opened at Bitterne Park Triangle, operating from the rear of SOS Hardware.

 
Appeal follows Riverdene Place burglary

riverdene place2Burglars have taken around £20,000 worth of items from a home in Riverdene Place, off Whitworth Crescent, and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

 
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.

 
Townhill Park Gardens July open day

townhill park gardens close cropThere’s another chance to take a look around Townhill Park House Gardens at an open day on Sunday, July 13.

 
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

no free newspapersWe don't push our community 'newsletters' through letterboxes. We publish them online. And thousands of people choose to visit monthly. It can be fast to get your ad up and running, and we offer 'advertorial' too. Call 023 8001 8612 for more information, or email us now: we don't bite!

 
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.

 
What’s the real cost of a car wash?

Ten people were identified as potential victims of exploitation following a police and partner visit to a car wash business on Bitterne Road West on Tuesday (May 20).

 
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 portswood.info.

 
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.

 
Bank holiday open day at Townhill Park House Gardens
townhill park house gardens 2014A classic car display, beautiful bluebells, wafting jazz, Regency dancing and huge portions of cake were all on offer at Townhill Park House Gardens on bank holiday Monday.

 
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.

 
Second ice cream parlour for Portswood

A second ice cream parlour for Portswood is on the cards, as Scoops Gelato prepares to open. Read the story on our sister site portswood.info

 
Fruit tree felling ‘regrettable & avoidable carnage’

Alan 460pxAlan Gibson, AKA the ‘Urbane Forager’, has written to the council to try to prevent any further destruction of fruit trees at the Mansbridge Community Orchard after ten mature apple trees were reportedly felled; council says "We are confident that many of the trees will regenerate."

 
Photographer opening Triangle studio

Rob-Fry suppliedBitterne Park resident and commercial photographer Rob Fry, left, says he’s opening a studio at The Triangle at 26, Manor Farm Road – the premises previously occupied by beauty salon Paradise, which closed down last autumn.

 
Become a friend of Riverside Park

friendsofriversideparklogoFriends of Riverside Park, a group which helps to maintain and improve the Park working with the city council, is looking for help with activities, and new members.

 
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