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Animal welfare charities bazaar in Highfield on Saturday
Highfield Church InstituteYou'll find everything from gifts and bric-a-brac to household items, toiletries, books, plants preserves and refreshments in Highfield on Saturday (Oct 21) at a bazaar that's been raising funds for animal welfare charities for over 20 years.
 
Francis Benali to open new play area at Southampton Common
Southampton Common signSouthampton-born Saints player Francis Benali will be cutting the ribbon of the new play area at Southampton Common at 12 noon on Sunday (October 22).
 
Community grants available as water treatment works upgraded
southern water treatment works signSouthern Water, which is upgrading its treatment works by the Itchen in St Denys, is running a community grant scheme open to groups in the Portswood ward – but hurry if you want to apply as the closing date for applications is October 31.

 

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.  
 
Festival of film shorts returns to Portswood
shnit film festival logo The free Shnit International Short Film Festival – which promotes the best of international short film with screenings in very small venues – returns to Portswood on October 28. Read more here.

 

 
Costa closing in Portswood
Costa Portswood Costa is closing its coffee shop after around six years of trading in Portswood.
 
Sainsbury’s seeks seasonal alcohol licence variations
sainsbury's signSainsbury’s in Portswood wants to change its licence to allow it to sell alcohol between the hours of 6am and midnight during seasonal periods.
 
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Have say on Portswood policing priorities
police mirror textIf you’re in Portswood, Swaythling or Bassett wards, you’re invited to complete a survey about local policing priorities.
 
New eye service available to residents with a Southampton city GP
eye PR shotRather than attending the eye emergency department for less serious eye conditions, Southampton residents registered with a city GP can now make an appointment with the ‘minor eye condition service’ (MECS) at participating opticians, and be assessed by an accredited optometrist.
 
Autumn comedy at The Point
The PointBy Kieran James
This autumn The Point presents some of the UK’s best touring comedians including satirical comedy and traditional stand-up.

 

 
Highfield House Hotel reported to have changed hands
Highfield House HotelA family-run hotel group has completed a deal to acquire the Highfield House Hotel in Highfield Lane, according to reports.

 

 
City’s Clothes Bank moves to Bitterne Park
clothes bank clothes rail Southampton’s Clothes Bank, which provides donated clothing to those in need, has moved its base from St Mary’s to Bitterne Park. Read the full story on our sister site bitternepark.info.
 
Police reveal spate of car break-ins
car break in library imageOfficers are reminding residents to remove valuables following a spate of thefts from vehicles over the last few weeks around the Inner Avenue and Lodge Road areas of Southampton.
 
New bar on The Avenue
foobar1, The Avenue, SouthamptonA new “fun and sociable” bar serving dinner and drinks has sprung up in the former dock o' the bay premises on The Avenue.
 
Community group grants up for grabs
money-1084517 pixabay 460Community and voluntary groups can apply for funding through Southampton City Council’s Community Chest small grant scheme before the end of October.

 
Music venue crowdfunds to pay for critical repairs
>The Joiners ArmsSouthampton music venue The Joiners is under threat, and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise £5000 for urgent repairs to the building.

 
Do you want to help make automated driving safer for the future?
car wing mirror unsplash clay-banks-177166The University of Southampton is looking for men and women aged 18-82 to take part in a study looking at the future of automated cars.

 
It’s pizza for Portswood in former bank building
 A Baffi pizza restaurant is hoping to open as early as “mid next week” in the old Lloyds Bank building opposite Sainsbury’s on Portswood Road.
 
Animal Agents head to libraries for Summer Reading Challenge
ImageThis year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about Animal Agents, and four to eleven-year-olds can join in at their local library, while 13-24s can volunteer to support the scheme.
 
Report of ‘fake acid attack’ in Portswood
masjid bashir mosque portswood southampton copyright imageWater was thrown over two women standing outside a Portswood mosque in an apparent fake acid attack on Tuesday that police are treating as racially aggravated assault, according to The Independent. You can read their report here.
 
Victory Centre fundraises to help those in need
Victory Centre, Portswood Road, SouthamptonThe Victory Centre in Portswood Road is raising funds to renovate its basement so vulnerable adults, the lonely and those in practical need can be assisted.


 
Another Portswood independent to close
Fagans shoe repair shop Portswood SouthamptonPortswood’s shoe repair shop, Fagan’s, is to close after 32 years trading under that name.
 
Council publishes ten-year cycling strategy
bikes under CC2 by Patrick GoossensFollowing a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.
 
Is your organisation #BearCarer aware?
bear carerPortswood-based Carers in Southampton is inviting organisations to embrace the notion of becoming ‘carer-friendly companies’ through a fun campaign featuring bears.
 
Number of younger voters ‘off the scale’ in Southampton Test
Southampton Test constituency map - WikimediaAlan Whitehead, who significantly increased his majority for Labour in Southampton Test at the general election, has said the percentage of young people voting had been “off the scale”.
 
Find out about timebanks
timebank logoTimebank members help each other by trading skills. You can find out more about how they work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker. Read more on our sister site

 
Whitehead increases Labour's majority in Southampton Test
WHITEHEAD, Alan Patrick Vincent – LabourLabour's Alan Whitehead has held on to the Southampton Test seat in the general election with an increased majority.



 
Give your views on Southampton Common
Southampton Common signSouthampton Common Forum (SCF) is surveying residents about how they use (or don’t use) The Common and what improvements they’d like to see.
 
Audio: Portswood celebration creates memories and connects generations
Despite a rainy start, the sun and the crowds came out to play for the Portswood Community Festival on Saturday at Portswood Rec. Read more to listen to comments about the day...
 
Bins to go alternate weeks
bin man and cartBin collections are moving to alternate weeks starting from June 5, helping the council “reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets".
 
Fire at Lodge Road chip shop
Lodge Road chip shop fire A fire ripped through a chip shop on Lodge Road this lunchtime (April 27), apparently closing the road.
 
Blockbuster could become student accommodation – but some prefer it as community space
blockbuster video, portswood, southampton A “public consultation meeting” is being advertised for Monday (April 24) about turning the former Blockbuster video shop in Portswood into two new retail stores and 65 student studios – although local groups think the art deco building could also make a great “community hub”.
 
Southampton charity ‘Sailors’ Society’ opens first coffee lounge
BySea Coffee Lounge, Portswood Road, Southampton A Southampton-based international charity is making a sea change in the way it raises money as it opens its first coffee lounge in Portswood.
 
Portswood NatWest bank to close
'Bad result for Portswood'
The only remaining ‘big four’ bank in Portswood, NatWest, is set to close on October 5.
 
Grants to encourage foster carers
kids 460 pixabaySouthampton City Council is offering one-off grants of around £1,600 to attract new foster carers and help reward those already fostering.

 
Council gets grant to help rough sleepers
person on street with police officerSouthampton City Council has secured £400,000 over two years to help rough sleepers.
 
New Portswood café focuses on inclusion, friendship and learning
Mencaps Cafe Down the Lane crew in Portswood
A new café has opened in Portswood that not only supports local people with learning disabilities, but is also priced to encourage people on a limited income to visit regularly.
 
Portswood micropub takes CAMRA accolade
The Bookshop Alehouse micropub, Portswood, Southampton Portswood micropub The Bookshop Alehouse has won this year’s Southern Hampshire Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year award. Read more to see a TV interview with one of the pub's co-owners.
 
October Books beats crowdfunding target in just five days
October Books, Portswood, SouthamptonOctober Books, which launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it pay the rent on its Portswood Road shop, has reached its £2500 target in just five days – and says it's now going for a "stretch target" of £5000.
 
Council awarded funding to help improve air quality
traffic queue cobden bridgeSouthampton City Council says it will be awarded £892,000 to tackle air quality locally, but pressure group Clean Air Southampton, while welcoming the boost, says initiatives don’t go far enough, and is calling for better monitoring and government measures to “remove diesel vehicles from our streets”.
 
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