Pub stamps for thirsty pilgrims

pilgrim passport pr 600pxPlans to revive a historic English route that medieval pilgrims used to walk to Santiago de Compostela in Spain have taken a step forward with the introduction of pilgrim stamps from pubs along the way – including at The Junction Inn in St Denys and other nearby hostelries.

Scrapstore: a crafty treasure trove on our doorstep

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Southampton Scrapstore, a 35-year-old arts and crafts resource centre which saves discarded materials from landfill so they can be used for creative projects by schools, community groups and individuals, is on the lookout for more members after quieter times during the pandemic. We took a tour to find out more. Read on, and see our photo gallery and video.

Bitterne park & ride and precinct schemes under review

lances hill 23 6 21 600px P1020253Southampton’s incoming Labour administration has reportedly said a new park and ride has “not been ruled out” for Bitterne after a scheme was withdrawn by the previous Conservative council. Talks are also expected over Townhill Park housing - and there could be new plans for Bitterne Precinct.

Labour wins back control of Southampton City Council

  • Labour gain 'first ever' Bitterne Park seat
  • Labour hold in Portswood
  • Lib Dems win city seat

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Labour has regained control of Southampton City Council in Thursday’s (May 5) local elections after a year of Conservative control, with local Tony Bunday, pictured, gaining a seat for the party in Bitterne Park, and Lisa Mitchell fending off the Greens to hold her Labour seat in Portwood.


Rubbish dumping problem continues at Woodmill

woodmill rubbish 1 CU 600px 20220505 110453You can while away some time watching the wildlife on the Itchen near Woodmill, but just a few steps away in the car park the fly-tipping by the recycling banks continues. According to the BBC in 2016, "Fly-tipping costs councils in England and Wales more than £50m annually, and more than 900,000 reports of fly-tipping are received every year." Click through if you like looking at pictures of rubbish!