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Video: Southampton rally calls for Paris climate change action
Southampton Climate rally
Hundreds gathered in a very windy Guildhall Square on Sunday (Nov 29) as part of a global climate march ahead of COP21, the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Paris, to show leaders that “we want our future to be powered with clean energy, to have clean air to breathe and a stable climate”. We spoke to organiser Jenny Barnes about the day - click here to watch the video.
See what's on offer at Third Age Centre's open day
open day third age centre graphicThere's a chance to see for yourself a range of community activities that take place at The Millennium Third Age Centre (3AC) at 11 Cranbury Terrace, SO14 0LH at their open day on Friday (Dec 4) from 11am-3pm.
• Audio: exploring the 'Tardis' that is 3AC

Christmas songs & sketches in St Denys
St Denys ChurchThe Madding Crowd present a series of songs and sketches for Advent and Christmas at a concert at St Denys Church on Saturday (Dec 5).

Call to open up empty buildings for Southampton's homeless
38 degrees homeless petitionA petition on the 38 Degrees website calls on Southampton City Council to “follow Manchester City Council's lead and open up empty and structurally safe buildings for the homeless this winter”.

• PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?
Students urged to keep valuables safe after theft of five laptops
tennyson road signPolice are urging students to review security following the theft of five laptops from a student house in Tennyson Road on November 20.
PSPOs: solving problems or 'criminalising poverty'?
portswood in rain mono cropped 200px by nick jamesSouthampton City Council is consulting over plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders, giving new powers in five locations including the city centre and Portswood Broadway, where it says begging and street drinking have caused problems.
Photo courtesy Nick James
Proposal for 73 retirement apartments adjacent to Sainsbury's
corner Belmont Road St Denys Road SouthamptonHard on the heels of approval for a large student development next to Sainsbury's, a developer is seeking feedback on proposals to create 73 retirement apartments off Belmont and St Denys roads.
Road closures: Alma / Avenue roads on to Avenue
bollardAlma Road and Avenue Road junctions with The Avenue are expected to be closed until November 30 due to roadworks. Meanwhile Kent Road will remain closed from Portswood Road to Saltmead until January 13
Merlin announced as Nuffield's Christmas show
merlin nuffieldSouthampton’s Nuffield theatre promises to be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot this Christmas to tell the story of young Merlin and his childhood friends as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime.
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, 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. 
Get £100 cashback on Freego Electric bikes (except folders) from Nov 1st-Dec 31st!  
Top tips to keep older people warm and well this winter
person in hat scarf and gloves Credit Age UKAge UK Southampton and the Met Office have joined forces for the fifth year running to warn older people and their carers about imminent cold snaps, so they can take simple precautions to stay warm and well. Here are their top tips for keeping cosy during the coldest months.

Video: Hundreds of student bed spaces for Portswood Road development

Plans for student accommodation on Portswood Road have been approved, with hundreds of bed spaces to be built on a site next to Sainsbury's- despite objections about noise and parking problems. Here's Dale McEwan 's video report for That's Solent.
Plans for Portswood micro pub before council
Image A micro pub serving specialist real ales could spring up in Portswood in what was previously a bookshop if the necessary permission is granted.
'Absolutely fabulous' celebrations mark Portswood Library's centenary
chris packham 200pxIt was a busy day that included cake, a visit from the mayor, and awards for local writers presented by TV naturalist and local library supporter Chris Packham on Thursday, to celebrate 100 years of Portswood Library.
Audio: half-term festival of words for Southampton
SOtospeak Steering groupPoetry, fiction, song and theatre will fill the air during SO: To Speak, Southampton's first festival of words from October 23. We bring you more details, as well as recordings of city poet Angela Chicken to mark the event.
Sainsbury's collects toys for kids in hospital
Sainsbury's in Portswood reports that it's currently collecting toys for the Chidrens’ Emergency Department at Southampton General Hospital.
'Don't cut care for older people'
Age UK Southampton Logo copy“Ferocious cuts” to home care and community services mean many older people are forced to sacrifice their dignity, says Age UK, which is urging Southampton residents to support its Don't Cut Care petition.
Volunteers help keep Little Common in shape
Common Sense clearing Little Common in Southampton Common Sense, a voluntary group which helps maintain what's known as the Little Common – that part of Southampton Common between Highfield Road and The Avenue – welcomes new helpers of all ages.
Section of Kent Road closing for two weeks
bollardKent Road will be closed from its junction with Portswood Road to its junction with Belgrave Road from Oct 15 for two weeks to allow emergency work by SSE, according to

Dog aids MP on blindfolded walk through Portswood
Alan Whitehead MP walking through PortswoodMP Alan Whitehead writes on his website that he recently took a blindfolded walk with a guidedog along Portswood High Street to undertand the difficulties faced by blind people and their dogs. His blog is here.
Changes at Southampton's drop in centre for young people
No Limits High Street 460No Limits, Southampton's drop in centre for children and young people, is to close its Sholing and Shirley drop-in centres so it can open in the city centre six days a week. 
Audio: Take a tour of historic St Denys
godfrey collyer outside st denys schoolSouthampton tourist guide Godfrey Collyer, pictured, leads us on a tour through St Denys, giving an intriguing glimpse into the area's past, from the history of St Denys Church and the school, to the railway, Cobden Bridge, Riverside Park and St Denys Priory.
Age UK Southampton celebrates 25 years of the International Day of Older Persons
Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton staff and volunteers will be visible across the city on Thursday (Oct 1), which is the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons – a UN-backed day that recognises the important role of older people in society.
"Inspirational" community arts festival at East Street
east st arts fest road closedThe road was closed and the sun shone as the community took over part of East Street in Southampton city centre on Saturday (Sept 26) for an arts festival that included a vibrant mix of live music, dancing, poetry, street entertainment, pop up galleries and whole lot more. 
What does your library mean to you?
Portswood LibraryPortswood Library celebrates its centenary on October 22, and in the run up is holding a writing competition about the significance of libraries.
Getting your donations to refugees
goods in van courtesy southampton actionFollowing appeals for donations for refugees and a huge response from local people – including at St Denys Church on September 6 – Nicola Walters from Southampton Action gives an update on the massive sorting and shipping operation now underway.


Portswood MP joins shadow energy team
Image Longstanding campaigner on climate change and renewable energy Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has been named as part of the shadow energy team alongside shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy.
Audio: Burgess & five other Southampton libraries to close unless groups offer to run them
saveourlibrary2The outcome of Tuesday's cabinet meeting is that Burgess Road Library and others could close perhaps as soon as April 2016 unless groups come forward to run them. Read on for more details and to hear proceedings at cabinet on Tuesday.
Tory tax credit cuts hit majority of families in Test – MP
On Tuesday (Sept 15) the Tories voted through a bill that will drastically cut Tax Credit allowance for the majority of families in Southampton Test, according to Labour MP for the constituency Alan Whitehead, who voted against it.
New Yoga class at St Denys starts in October
Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes begin on Wednesday mornings at St Denys Church Centre from October 14 – contact Nuala on 023 8051 2407 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for info.
Audio: 'Overwhelming support' for refugee collection at St Denys
refugee response 2There were queues to unload cars at St Denys Church on Sunday as over 400 people arrived throughout the afternoon with essential items including tents, shoes, clothing, and toiletries to be sent to refugees. Read more to hear our audio interview with organiser Nicola Walters.

Home brewer's first commercial beer going on sale in Portswood
bottle and labelA group of home brewers who started meeting this year have teamed up with a nearby brewery to create a beer which goes on sale across a string of local outlets in September.

New website for local counselling charity
options logoOptions Wellbeing Trust, a long-established local charity offering counselling and related services, has launched a new website part funded by an award from the Digital Capability Fund, which includes information about various concerns, from stress to addictions. 

Previously: Summer of sport makes gambling hot issue


Plenty of children's theatre in store at Nuffield

ladybird-012The author of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell will visit Nuffield on September, 16 followed by a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ What the Ladybird Heard (photo) on September 18 & 19.


Have your say on Southampton's new Guildhall Square arts venue
There's the chance to take part in an 'Open Space' discussion in September about Southampton's new arts venue, currently under construction in Guildhall Square. Click here for info.
Help test new way to publish council notices
Southampton is trialling new ways of publishing statutory notices until the end of September, such as news about road closures or when a pub is planning to extend its opening hours.You can view notices, and sign up to receive notices by email during the trial, from this council page.
Video: Council withdraws funding for Burgess Road Library
library consultation adultThe council withdrew funding for five Southampton libraries, including Burgess Road, at a cabinet meeting on August 18. Read on for our full meeting roundup, including exclusive footage from the meeting and of the vote, and a powerful speech from a Burgess Road Library user.
St Denys Community Centre seeks web wizard
St Denys Community Centre is on the lookout for a web wizard who can spare a couple of hours a month to help the voluntary committee keep their website updated. If you can help contact the centre via their site – which also lists other volunteering positions. 
Source: SCC Communities Team


Plans approved for new Portswood café
Planners have granted permission to change the use of 225 Portswood Road, next door to Kate's Café Lounge, to restaurant/café class. 
Plans lodged for 260 student flats
Orchard Homes has lodged plans for a student development near Portswood Road and Belmont Road comprising 260 flats.
Free nursery places for two year olds
Parents of children who are already or nearly 2-years-old can use the council’s online checker to find out if their child is entitled to a free place with a nursery, preschool or childminder for up to 15 hours a week.
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