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Who cut down our apple trees?

Community orchardTen mature apples trees have been destroyed as a “proper path” is laid at the community orchard in Mansbridge – writes Liz Batten.

 
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.

 
The Hill club night returns on May 9!

flyer 9th may the hill rgb sectionbitternepark.info is proud to support this month's The Hill club night at Bitterne Park Social Club on Friday, May 9 from 8-midnight, as DJs AL-X, MCallister, NkL & Donatapaz mash up the dance floor with loads of good stuff!

 
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.

 
What's on at the Bitterne Park Hotel?

whatson bitterne park hotel logoRead more for a sneaky shot of the Bitterne Park Hotel's 'what's on' blackboard, which reveals dates for April and in to May.

 
Brits left with just £148 a month after bills

coins stockxBy Stephen Slominski
The average Briton is left with only £148 spending money each month after essential bills and expenses, according to a new ‘disposable income index’ launched this week.

 
Bitterne Park - a village within a city?

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From the tiniest pub – and probably Italian café – in town, to our own ice cream parlour, walks by the river, rides on a miniature steam railway, period properties, nearby schools and even a club night for those who like to "get home in time to pay the babysitter" – what's not to like about Bitterne Park?

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 21:16
 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

open signAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, offers a range of Freego Electric Bikes, famous names in non-electric bikes, a maintenance and repair service for electric and non-electric bikes, plus a full range of accessories. 10% discount on servicing, repairs & accessories on production of student ID. Please note the shop is closed on Mondays. 

 
Easter fair at Southampton Common

funfair1B. Cole & Sons' Easter fair comes to Southampton Common from April 17 - 27 , also featuring a market on the bank holiday Monday. For times click here.

 
Nuffield announces Christmas show

nuffield theatre sign thumbThe Nuffield has announced that its 2014 Christmas show will be a fun new version of Hans Christian Andersen's classic children's tale The Snow Queen.

 
Triangle ice cream parlour opens

cupsandcones signIce cream parlour Dora’s Cups & Cones iopened at the Triangle on Saturday (April 5th).

 
Beauty business quits Triangle

tropical tan beautyA beauty business has moved away from Bitterne Park Triangle just months after the Paradise salon closed its doors, and days after it was announced that the greengrocer's is closed "until further notice" and the future of The Summit is in serious doubt.

 
Injury puts Summit’s future in doubt

caroline dunsmoreInternational tapas is on hold – perhaps permanently – at Triangle café The Summit following an injury that’s stopped owner Caroline Dunsmore from so much as making a cup of coffee.
Pictured: Caroline Dunsmore when The Summit first opened in June 2013

 
Veg shop 'closed until further notice'

veg shop closed sign feb 14The fruit and veg shop on Manor Farm Road has "closed until further notice" according to a sign in the window - which also invites telephone orders for free home delivery. Other recent signs in the greengrocer's have advertised the sale of refrigeration equipment.

 
Teachers strike over pay & pensions

teachers on strike southampton 2011Teachers take national strike action on March 26 against "excessive workload", and over pay and "unfair pension changes". 

 
Southampton’s largest independent carpet store

exterior with flashAdvertising feature: Carpet Gallery, at 126 Macnaghten Road SO18 1GH (right opposite Bitterne railway station), is the largest independent carpet store in Southampton, offering two massive floors of choice – and great prices all year round.

 
Local parties comment on budget

twenty pound noteCommenting on the budget, Rowenna Davis, Labour candidate for Southampton Itchen, said: “David Cameron and George Osborne can’t deliver a recovery for the many because they stand up for a privileged few”, while Conservative Royston Smith said, “I think this budget allows us to look forward with an increasing sense of optimism.”

 
Commemorative range celebrates city’s 50 years

city status productsA range of ‘story products’ designed by local artists to celebrate Southampton’s 50 years as a city has been unveiled at Tudor House Museum.

 
Former Bitterne Park student makes her mark

Emma BatchelorHot on the heels of A grade success at A Level and a stunning performance at Barton Peveril’s recent fashion show, former Bitterne Park pupil Emma Batchelor (19) has reached the finals of Eastleigh’s ENLIVEN Fashion Project.

 
MUGA proposed for Riverside Park

riverside park treesFriends of Riverside Park – a group which works for improved facilities and maintenance – is proposing to install a multi use games area (MUGA) in the park.

 
Lovell launches apprentice search

lovell apprentices press shotHousing developer Lovell is searching for four new apprentices to work on its housing regeneration programme for Southampton City Council.

 
Free city Wi-Fi rollout announced

wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyThe rollout of free Wi-Fi in busy Southampton locations will begin over the next 12 months, according to the council.

 
Join pop-up choir & sing for water

ImageYou don't need to attend an auditions or read music – all you need is a love of singing to join a new community choir which will rehearse for just eight weeks and then perform at a concert hall to raise vital funds for charity WaterAid.

 
Tidal River Itchen – how do I know when it will flood?

priory rd 1 thumbnail LWFlooding is at the forefront of all of our minds at the moment, and even more so in the St Denys area after the flood on valentine’s day. So how can we tell when the tidal Itchen will flood? Ian Turner explains.

 
Audio: Numbers using food bank up 50%

sorting tinsYou may not know it, but in the heart of Bitterne Park is a food bank, where every week volunteers give out food parcels to those in crisis. And organisers, who always welcome donations from local people, say need for the service is at least 50% up since last year.
Pictured: A volunteer sorts donated tins of food at Bitterne Park Triangle Basics Bank

 
‘Bad feeling’ over church closure

all hallows groupA group of worshippers gathered outside All Hallows church to stress their opposition to its planned closure in April, and what they claim has been the lack of consultation over the move.

 
Witts Hill: mugging leaves teen with fractured finger

witts hill sign croppedA 16-year-old boy was left needing treatment after an assault and mugging at Witts Hill, near the junction with Vanguard Road.

 
‘Silent strugglers’ turn to risky borrowing

Pass it-on-300x208People in the South East are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, but hiding their problem by taking out risky loans or saying they would keep it secret from family and friends, says Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity.

 
Is the Bitterne Park property market really picking up?

bitterne park properties stylisedWith years of falling house prices, is the Bitterne Park property market picking up? Kevin Ashley, Director of Southampton estate agency Enfields in Bitterne, gives his view – and offers top tips to secure that sale and get the best price for your home.

 
No Limits: Helping young people help themselves

young peopleNo Limits claims to be the only truly holistic service in the area offering support and counselling for young people and children on issues ranging from homelessness to sexual exploitation and from employment to parenting. No Limits’ Richard Coleman explains more.

 
A-ma-ZING: fundraise while dancing yourself fit!

fitsteps logoA strictly fun weekly class at Bitterne Park School combines popular Latin and Ballroom dances with proven fitness techniques – and you can help raise cash towards a school expedition to Morocco while getting yourself in trim.

 
There's a wealth of information on the Noticeboard

check out the Noticeboardbitternepark.info includes a busy directory section. The 'Noticeboard' allows you to add details of your community organisation or business  - and provides useful information for anyone looking for services. There's also a growing classified section. And it's still free to place basic listings - so why not nosey on over and have a browse?

 
New all-weather area means rain won’t stop play

townhill astroturfRain won’t stop play at Townhill Junior School in Townhill Park thanks to local housing developer Lovell, which has funded a new all-weather surface for a playground.

 
‘Claim pension compensation before it’s too late’

A Southampton MP is calling on residents who had pensions with Equitable Life to make sure they get the compensation promised to them by the government before it is too late.

 
Audio: Taking a magic carpet ride to Morocco!

bitterne park school moroccan fundraiser 1Audio now fixed! These fez-wearing Year 9 Bitterne Park School students were fundraising hard at a Moroccan Christmas Bazaar on December 11. Read on for bigger pics and an audio interview with the expedition organiser. 

 
Flybe cuts Southampton routes

Regional airline Flybe, whose largest base is Southampton Airport, has announced it’s cutting 30 routes, including five out of Southampton.

 
Audio: Listen again to our live show

Re-live the experience - at home with The Spiraltones

Pod Cast In association with Sofa City Bands Collective, we're delighted to present the 'listen again' for our live show which went out on October 22. Re-enjoy music and spoken word as it happened, from top local talent  Accrington Stanley, Grant Sharkey, Angela Chicken, Carrie Aaron and of course The Spiraltones. Read on for the audio player and to hear all the jolly japes – but don't ring in: this is a RECORDING.

 
Job cuts at Flybe reported

Regional airline Flybe, whose largest base is Southampton Airport, has announced plans to slash 500 jobs despite reporting a return to profit and has said some routes could “possibly” go – reports the BBC and various other media.
Flybe's biggest investor sells entire 48.1pc stake - Telegraph | Previously: Airport consults over 'sat nav' scheme 

 
Do you remember highest tides?

junctionsignNigel Cook has emailed about his research into high Itchen tides, asking if anyone remembers a picture of regulars drinking in the Junction pub , standing in flood water?

 
Great local lightning pic by Year 8 student

lightning manor farm rd by tom galleyWhat incredible weather – and all as we were plugging in the gear for our live 'radio' show on Tuesday evening too! Here's an excellent shot taken in Manor Farm Road by Tom Galley - a Year 8 student – that really captured the moment. Great work! 'Read more' for the big pic.

 
Ever get that sinking feeling?

houseboat by Cobden BridgeYou probably wouldn't want to be aboard this craft when the tide came in! This was taken from Cobden Bridge during a very high tide around 1pm Monday. 'Read more' for the bigger picture. Link: Echo story about owner of a houseboat near Cobden Bridge

 
Have you seen Benji?

benji missing catHave you seen Benji, a Bengal cat who was last seen in Dimond Close on Tuesday, October 24, wearing his red sparkly collar? 

 
Seeing red over ‘NHS postcode lottery’

glasses and eye chart under CC2 by sfloptometrySouthampton’s two Labour MPs say the city’s residents are “missing out on essential treatment”, and increasing numbers of patients are “denied GP referrals for procedures previously accessible on the NHS”.

 
Man dies in Townhill Park fire

Police were called to a fire in Townhill Park, where a man was found dead in an armchair on Thursday night, (September 26).

 
University of Southampton offers free online courses

University of Southampton EEE building courtesy University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton, along with a host of other universities, is now offering free online courses, enabling anyone to study from anywhere in the world.

 
Southampton to become 'Wi-Fi hotspot'

wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyIt should soon be even easier to access your favourite websites on the move following the go ahead for Southampton to become a "first-class Wi-Fi and next generation enabled wireless city".

 
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