Bitterne Parker

In this series we ask those from, living in, working in, or with strong ties to Bitterne Park and nearby areas, to answer some searching questions.

Bitterne Parker is away!

mystery personBitterne Parker's taking a break, but who knows: maybe we'll feature some new interviews soon, so stay tuned!

Bitterne Parker: Heather Aspinall

Heather Aspinall 200Heather Aspinall will be retiring as CEO of the Rose Road Association in 2017 after 22 years, and is looking forward to future adventures. She's lived in Bitterne Park since 2005, and it was her patch when she was a social worker in the 70s and 80s.

Bitterne Parker: Vikki Gough

vikki close upNature loving sometime singer Vikki Gough has fond memories of growing up in the 70s with a houseful of mainly older brothers, loud music, and with an orgone accumulator in the conservatory.

Bitterne Parker: Claire Fritz-Domeney

Claire Fritz-DomeneyClaire Fritz-Domeney is a surface pattern designer, working freelance for a New York agent, as well as selling her own range of cards and stationery in local shops. She'd like to see more control over what businesses can open in the Triangle, and a dog exercise area in the park.

Bitterne Parker: Jon Bingham

Jon Bingham5 laughing 200"Try to do something you like: the money will sort itself out somehow." So says cycling enthusiast and bike repairer Jon Bingham, who lives in Bitterne Park with his partner, her daughter, two dogs and four cats. 

Bitterne Parker: Sandrine Maugy

Sandrinetulips200pxA botanical and textile artist as well as a writer and teacher, Sandrine Maugy is French. She lives in Manor Farm Road with husband Richard, and their pet rabbit Queen Penelope. She claims some people are "planning to turn the airport into a park and rabbit sanctuary"...

Bitterne Parker: Aline Giordano

aline giordano mono 460Aline Giordano was born in South Korea and was adopted by a French family when she was 11. She's lived in Bitterne Park for 20 years, and has spent much of her life interviewing and photographing bands, and writing about music and photography.

Bitterne Parker: Rónán O'Beirne

RonanonTimsburyLakeAug2015460Rónán O'Beirne was born in Dublin. He says he migrated from an economically blighted Ireland to seek his fortune on the gold-paved streets of London, securing a job with Haringey public libraries. He's been in libraries ever since, and moved to Bitterne Park in 2015 when he became Head of Libraries at Southampton Solent University.

Bitterne Parker: Carol Masters

Carol Masters 460Committee member of both Southampton Allotment and Gardens Association and Bitterne Local History Society, Bitterne Parker Carol Masters is a chartered accountant, teaching at the University of Southampton.

Bitterne Parker: Doug Perry

Doug Perry 200pxBorn in 1932, Doug Perry moved to Bitterne Park when he was three – and he's lived in the same Oaktree Road house ever since. Doug chats about the local schools, the war years, his career, Riverside Park, and his many voluntary roles today. 

Bitterne Parker: Rosanna Sloan

Rosanna Sloan 200px bitterne parkerShowing four-year-olds how to be silly, and adults how to be like four-year-olds, is one way Rosanna Sloan – who's Artistic Director of Unexpected Places and now based in Bitterne Park at Cobbett Hub & Library – says she puts bread on her table.

Bitterne Parker: Ann MacGillivray

ann macgillivray city photoWell-known local figure Ann MacGillivray has lived in the area since 1962, and even stood as an independent candidate in the local elections last year. She remembers driving through Townhill Park Farm along what's now known as Forest Hills Drive in her grandmother's Austin 7 car being told the fields were soon to be a housing estate. 

Bitterne Parker: Daniel Hibbs

daniel hibbs 4Daniel Hibbs is the manager of the Co-op at Bitterne Park Triangle. He's 28 years old, and has lived in Bitterne Park all his life, attending the infant, junior and senior schools.

Bitterne Parker: Clare Diaper

clare diaper 200px Exploring, celebrating and sharing Southampton’s hidden talents and treasures has become a passion, and Clare Diaper is now an instigator, participant and player in a whole variety of community projects.

Bitterne Parker: Alessandro Filipik

sandro bitterne parkerThis time we talk to Alessandro Filipik – or Sandro as he is known – who has run Il Picchio café at the Triangle since 2006. Born in Buenos Aires he grew up in Italy, living in Venice for a number of years. Read on to hear how he came to live in England, as well his answers to all our usual probing questions...

Bitterne Parker: Stephen Phillips

stephen phillips 200 pxWe kick off a 'new mini season' of Bitterne Parker interviews by talking to father, foster carer, mathematician, chemist, computer science researcher, tinkerer, blogger, salsa teacher and Woodcraft Folk coordinator Stephen Phillips.

Bitterne Parker: Matt Hyam

Matt Hyam 200pxWater skier, traffic light hater and Southampton Vineyard Church leader Matt Hyam believes in thriving local communities. And he thinks Bitterne Park is becoming an example to the rest of the city of what life could be like...

Bitterne Parker: Becky Bennett

Becky Bennett 200She was born in Zambia and grew up in Highfield, but Becky Bennett says she's "felt connected to Bitterne Park for a long time". She's a mother, has studied Fine Art, is a wet plate collodion photographer, and is currently setting up a business as well as studying counselling and psychotherapy.

Bitterne Parker: Hannah Maguire

HANNAH MAGUIRE 200pxTherapist and mindfulness teacher Hannah Maguire runs workshops in Bitterne Park, and says the area is becoming a lot more community spirited. But even as a mindfulness teacher, a number of things still get her goat!

Bitterne Parker: Tim O’Riordan

Tim croppedTim O'Riordan was a founder of City Eye video workshop in the 80s. His passion is still making and showing videos, and he's the host of December's Couch Fest short film festival in Bitterne Park.

Bitterne Parker: Deborah Gearing

Deborah Gearing smallIt's the art galleries, the people making art of all kinds accessible – a really diverse crowd of people setting out to do their own thing – that makes the city feel exciting for Deborah Gearing, who "writes plays, teaches writing and makes theatre with interesting people".

Bitterne Parker: Stephanie Chapman

Stephanie Chapman 200Known as the 'queen of hyperbole', blogger and aspiring novelist Stephanie Chapman divides her time between looking after her two sassy children, tweeting song lyrics, and dyeing her hair a spectrum of colours.

Bitterne Parker: Chris Sams

Christine Sams bigMeet Bitterne Parker Chris Sams. Chris moved to the area in 1965, worked as a bank clerk, raised two daughters, and was a teaching assistant at Bitterne Park Junior School for 25 years. She's recently published a children's mystery story.

Bitterne Parker: Olivia Barnes

Olivia Barnes 200px"Becoming a parent forces you to get over a lot of phobias – or at least learn to fake nonchalance to prevent panic contagion," says 'real life virtual assistant' and Bitterne Parker Olivia Barnes.

Bitterne Parker: Graham Cotton

Graham Cotton 200pxHe qualified at bakery college in 1964 and "thought he knew it all". Ten years later he set up his own shop. "I am still hanging on, and so proud to be part of Bitterne Park Triangle,” says Graham Cotton.

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!

Bitterne Parker: Roma Barnes

Roma 200pxRetired academic and founder of 'Triangle Readers' book group, Roma Barnes is a familiar Bitterne Parker who moved here in the 80s. You'll often find her deep in conversation at a local café, taking the air at Riverside Park or out and about in the city and beyond.

Bitterne Parker: Royston Smith

royston smith smallRoyston Smith, Conservative candidate for the Southampton Itchen ward, remembers Triangle Days gone by: Curly Wheeler’s, Lancaster and Crook, the cycle shop which he bought, and Mr Husky from the electrical stores. And then there's his passion for politics...