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Portswood's micropub opening soon
jon harris 460 1Portswood's new micropub, The Bookshop Alehouse, has announced on social media it will open from midday on Wednesday, February 17.

Changing the Human Rights Act – does it matter?
There's discussion about the implications of retaining or replacing the Human Rights Act at The Avenue St. Andrew's Church Southampton SO17 1XQ on Friday, February 19.
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.  
MP concerned vulnerable people will be hit by cuts
portswood in rain mono cropped 200px by nick jamesAlan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test (Lab) says he's concerned that services to vulnerable people in the city could disappear because of cuts.
Photo courtesy Nick James
St Denys Road: Car fails to stop after bike collision
police sign jacket abstractA man suffered minor injuries when he came off his bike during a collision with a car that failed to stop on St Denys Road on Thursday (Jan 28).

Vintage & craft stall holders wanted
Highfield Church InstituteOrganisers of a vintage and craft fair to be held on 19 March at Highfield Church Hall in aid of Communicare,  which helps to improve the quality of life for isolated people around Southampton, are on the lookout for sellers – call 023 8021 6023 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Southampton
chinese dragon under CC by angiesChinese New Year celebrations take place in Southampton on Sunday (Jan 31) from 12-5 pm at West Quay, with performances and displays incuding dance, music and of course the traditional dragon dance.


Train to run in time for the Southampton 10k
solent running sisters logoSolent Running Sisters start a 10-week course for runners starting on January 13 - “excellent timing to train to run the Southampton 10k” they say.

Talking Heads owner interviewed about move from Portswood to Polygon
Talking Heads front 460As Portswood venue Talking Heads prepares to move lock, stock, and barrel to the Polygon, we catch up with owner Guy Benfield to learn more about the move, the new venue – and ghosts!
Talking Heads moving to Polygon
Help buying or using tablets or smartphones
smart phone under cc2 by Japanexperterna dot se If you've recently acquired a smartphone or tablet and don't yet know how to use it, or want help buying the right tablet, then this hands-on course to using and buying tablets and smartphones could be for you.
Petition opposes public space protection order in Portswood
pspo petition screenshotA petition's been launched to oppose Southampton City Council's plans to introduce public space protection orders (PSPOs) in various areas of the city, includng Portswood, claiming they “limit the ability of law abiding citizens to execute their rights of free assembly”.

All systems go for Portswood micropub!
jon harris 460 1The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton's latest micropub, has had planning permission approved, been granted an alcohol licence, and work is now underway to begin serving local ales and craft beers by the beginning of February.
Grazing Goat becomes Brewhouse & Kitchen
Brewhouse and Kitchen in Highfield SouthamptonThe Grazing Goat on Highfield Lane – before that The Highfield pubic house – has now re-opened as the Brewhouse and Kitchen.
Petition calls on government to protect libraries
cobbett rd library banner sunAs statistics are published claiming hundreds of public libraries around the country have closed since 2010, a petition has been launched calling on secretary of state John Wittingdale and the government to protect the public's “statutory rights to a quality public library service”.
Report Highfield thefts to police urges residents' association
Highfield Lane signHighfield Residents' Assocation (HRA) reports on its Facebook page that there have been a number of thefts in the area recently, and is urging any residents affected to report crimes to the police.
Bombing Syria: how your MP voted
RAF Tornado by John5199 under cc2How did your MP vote in the House of Commons on whether the UK should join the coalition air strikes in Syria – which saw the government motion passed by 397 to 223?



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.
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
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.
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