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Streets to come alive with sound of music

Grant Sharkey at Music in the City 2013 at The Weigh House 2 by Dawn Dunlop
The streets of and venues of Southampton will be alive with the sound of Music in the City this weekend (Oct 4/5), providing a welcome opportunity to check out a wide array of great performers in locations that the public don’t often get to see.

How long should children have to eat their lunch?

An open letter to the head of Bitterne Park Secondary School published on a parent’s blog claims that some children don’t actually get time to eat lunch because the school’s canteen queue is so long.

Cobden retirement development: construction starts March

Specialist developer of retirement housing McCarthy & Stone  has confirmed construction at its Bitterne Park site next to Cobden Bridge is due to start next March, with the first occupations expected in Autumn 2016.

How sound is your pound?

coins stockxA free talk discusses money and how it impacts on local economies, with Positive Money, Bristol Pound and other local contributors on Wednesday, October 1 in Southampton.

Help keep our library tidy

Why not come along and help tidy up the Cobbett Road Library garden on Saturday (Oct 4)?

Pumpkin party time approaches…

pumpkins under CC2 by RichardBowenIt’s finally autumn, and what better way to celebrate than popping along to the Pumpkin Festival at Royal Victoria Park on Saturday October 11.

'Friendship & optimism' at peace & climate change day

climate rally 2014International Peace Day on Sunday (Sept 21) saw around 60 people singing for peace and walking together in Southampton's parks, then 'dovetailing' into a group of about 200 in Guildhall Square for Climate Change day.

After-school children’s drama in Bitterne Park

An after-school drama club, designed to ignite the imagination and boost confidence, runs for primary and early secondary-age children from October in Bitterne Park.

Opening day for new Triangle fruit & veg shop

veg shed opening dayBitterne Park's new pop up fruit and veg shop opened on Saturday, with business brisk at The Triangle. 

Houseboat break up

houseboats breakup ian turner 460Work has been taking place on the break up of a houseboat near Cobden Bridge which was no longer afloat. Concerns were raised earlier in the week about the possibility of waste escaping with the tides, but since the above shot was taken on Wednesday (Sept 17) by Ian Turner, a boom was positioned for containment – read more for further pics.

Bitterne Parker: Vix Hobbs

Vix 200Meet Vix Hobbs: one of Bitterne Park and St Denys’ rare professional ‘Ing-ists’...


School appeals to residents following attack by vandals

bitternep park primary vandalism doll 200pxBitterne Park Primary School suffered an attack from vandals last weekend (Sept 13/14) which it says is just one in a series of incidents, and is appealing for neighbours to report any suspicious activity they spot in the future.

Tesco applies to extend opening hours

tesco cobden ave opening times signTesco Express, which opened on Cobden Avenue (SO18 1FX) in 2007, wants to extend its opening hours, from the current 7am-11pm, to 6am-midnight, seven days a week.

Flights on the up

flybe prop planeSouthampton Airport saw a 3% increase in passenger numbers during August compared with the same period last year.

Return of school’s park plan

riverside park playing fieldBitterne Park Primary School says it wants take out a lease on “a small parcel of land” behind school buildings and re-route the public footpath so children can enter the park directly, to overcome “safeguarding” concerns. Meanwhile the Friends of Riverside Park have voiced opposition to aspects of the plan. The issue attracted significant interest the last time it was raised, between 2007 and 09, and again brings to the fore very similar issues.

Download Bitterne Park Primary School's letter in full (pdf 385k)
Download the school's draft plan - "awaiting specialist advice" (pdf 140k)

Three Men in a Boat at Nuffield

three men in a boat nuffieldIt’s 125 years since the publication of Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure, and the Nuffield Theatre is presenting The Original Theatre Company’s production from September 30 until October 4, “complete with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a lot of physical comedy.

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.

Halloween party in October

the hill halloweenThe next Hill club night at Bitterne Park Social Club will be a Halloween party in October.

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.

Adult education courses at Bitterne Park School

A list of 2014/15 adult education courses at Bitterne Park School is available from this link.

Have you seen Mila?

MilaMila's been missing since Saturday from the Quayside Road area of Bitterne. If you have any news, Natalie (@Ntsom on Twitter) would love to hear from you.

Pop up fruit and veg shop for Triangle

the veg shed logoA new 'pop up' fruit and veg shop starts trading on a fortnightly basis at Bitterne Park Triangle on Saturdays from September 20.

Whitworth houseboat plan

A planning application for four houseboats to the west of 69-73 Whitworth Crescent (SO18 1GD) has been lodged with the council.

Co-working returns to the Triangle; now weekly

old chemist shop front from across road‘Co-working’ sessions, which offer home and mobile workers the chance to spend time working and networking with others, resume at The Old Chemist, Bitterne Park Triangle (SO18 1NP) on a weekly basis from Friday (Sept 5).

‘Commit to Get Fit’ at Bitterne Park 6th Form

bitterne park school sixth form signFitness classes, to raise funds for student expeditions, begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time in the Bitterne Park School sixth form dance studio (SO18 1BU) and kick off with a taster session on Thursday (Sept 4).

Which house could this bin belong to?

bin no 53Our correspondent kindly sends this picture, taken within the Bitterne Park ward, of a wheely bin someone is obviously worried they may lose track of. (It also had a number on the blind side and on the back too, we're assured.)

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?

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.

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.

Second tattoo studio for Triangle

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

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.

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.

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