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Parcel delivery van stolen while out on rounds
police mirror writing on carA driver who briefly left his van on Monday morning (Jan 16) to deliver a parcel in Broadlands Road, Swaythling, found his vehicle had been stolen when he returned to it.

 
Time running out to have say on budget and bins
bin man and cart
The deadline for having your say on Southampton City Council’s budget proposals, to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government, is January 24, 2017. Switching from weekly to fortnightly household waste collections is among the proposals.

 
Southampton Common meeting on January 17
Southampton Common signThere's a public meeting, and the inaugural AGM, of the Southampton Common Forum on January 17 at Richard Taunton's Sixth Form College, according to Highfield Residents' Association (HRA).
 
Farewell to Headmasters
Headmasters barbers, Portswood Southampton
It’s a fond farewell to another long-standing Portswood business: shortly after we reported the closure of Kingston’s, which it’s thought had been trading since 1930, the owners of barbers Headmasters have retired after 35 years.
 
Celebrate Year of the Rooster in Southampton
chinese dragon under CC by angiesCelebrations get underway on Saturday (Jan 14) in Southampton to mark Chinese New Year – and continue at various locations into February.

 

 
Snow on the way?
IMG 6199a 2The Met Office has issued a Yellow "be aware" Warning of snow for the south east of England, including Southampton, valid from 10am until just before midnight on Thursday (Jan 12).

They say a yellow warning means that "severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you. Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities."

 
Further 9,000 foster carers needed in UK
According to the Fostering Network, a further 9,070 foster carers are needed in the UK. In Southampton foster carers are needed to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children. If you think fostering could be for you, there's a choice of upcoming information sessions where you can learn more.
 
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.  
 
Promoted: Adult Evening Language Classes and Film Evenings
LC logoPROMOTEDNew language courses start on January 9 (choose from ten languages), at £108 for a 12-week course. Foreign Language Film Evenings are also coming to The Old Chemist on Fridays: entry £3.50.
 
Bin collections in Southampton over Christmas & New Year 16/17
binsSouthampton City Council has announced changes to bn and garden waste collections over Christmas and new year period - for full details visit their website, where there's also recycling information, and details of how to recycle Christmas trees.
Where to find chemists, petrol, supermarkets & pubs open in Southampton over Christmas & New Year 2016/17
 
Christmas tree collection in Southampton
end of christmas tree 5 under cc2 by Ann OroSouthampton City Council says it will be collecting 'real' Christmas trees from 9 - 13 January – leave your tree by the edge of your property on your usual collection day. Those signed up for garden waste collection can alternatively put their tree in their garden waste bin.
Pic under CC2 by Ann Oro

 

 
Public Space Protection Orders: 'need reviewing'
pspo sign portswoodThe BBC recently reported that, seven months after Public Space Protection Order ‘anti-begging’ fines were introduced in Southampton, not one has been paid, with “critics saying it’s proof the scheme is a failure,” and a cabinet member saying the scheme needs to be reviewed.

 

• Donate £12 & give a dinner to someone facing homelessness

 
Fantastic Mr Fox promises family fun at its finest
Fantastic Mr Fox 262 789 by Manuel Harlan cropped A brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox receives its world première at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, where it opens on Wednesday (Nov 30), and runs until January 8.

 

 
Promoted: Oliver! at the Nuffield Theatre

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PROMOTEDOliver! is musical entertainment at its best with colourful characters and catchy songs – so give them a present with MORE this Christmas (tickets from £12).

 
Have your say on council’s proposed £42.3 million budget cuts
civic centre gp 460 stylised
Southampton City Council is consulting over new budget proposals to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government.

 
R4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ looks at Southampton’s air quality
port sunset copyrightBBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group.

 • Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light

 
Police crack down on use of mobile phones behind wheel
phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire police officers have joined a nationwide crackdown on those using their phones behind the wheel.

 
Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk
drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures show that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.
 
Farewell to Kingston’s
Kingstons Motor Spares, Portswood, Southampton
It looks like it's farewell to well-known independent retailer Kingston’s, which it’s thought has been in the auto spares trade in Portswood since 1930.
 
'Hope + help + healing': new signage for Victory Church
Victory Church Portswood Southampton
'Hope + Help + Healing': that was the new message being installed at the Victory Centre on Portswood Road earlier in the week. But until 2011, The Broadway housed a Mecca Bingo hall: click here to see our backstage photo tour of Mecca Bingo from 2008...
 
Stay warm and well this winter says Age UK Southampton
noone should have nooneAs the clocks turn back and the nights draw in Age UK Southampton is busying itself for the winter months by launching its annual winter health campaign.
 
Promote your business locally
no free newspapersWe don't push our community 'newsletters' through letterboxes. We publish them online. And every month thousands of people choose to visit. Our 'Advertise' page explains the options for connecting with our audience. And if you need to know more, call 023 8001 8612 or email   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Woman hospitalised and home damaged in Tennyson Road fire
tennyson road portswoodA fire severely damaged the ground floor of a terraced house in Tennyson Road, and a woman was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation on Sunday evening (Oct 10).


 
Woman sexually assaulted near Bevois Valley Road
Police are appealing for information after a man sexually assaulted a woman in a wooded area near the car park opposite Jesters nightclub on Bevois Valley Road between 11.30pm on Monday, October 24 and 2am on Tuesday, October 25.

 
Vita Student acquires Portswood site for 435-bed student development
Vita Student, “the UK’s only experience-led accommodation provider,” has acquired the site at the former bus station next to Sainsbury’s in Portswood for its second student development in Southampton.
 
Help save Southampton Scrapstore!
scrap store website image used with permissionSouthampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5
• Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running

 
Residents' association seeks new chair
Highfield Residents' Association is looking for a new chairperson to replace Roger Brown when he leaves in April 2017. 
 
Witness appeal after Belmont break-in attempt
Police are appealing for witnesses after someone apparently tried to get in to a student house on Belmont Road in Portswood between 6 and 8pm on September 29.
 
Resident banned from feeding rats
Highfield Residents Association report that a resident who’s been “feeding considerable amounts of food to rats” has been issued with a Community Protection Notice banning him continuing with the activity. More details on their website.
 
Arts festival hailed success as plans floated for bigger 2017 event
art of heritage 2016Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.

 
Southampton MP calls for urgency in tackling ‘air quality health crisis’
clean air southampton how clean is-air 200pxIn the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.
 
Greggs bakery to close
Greggs bakery PortswoodStaff say bakery chain Greggs is pulling out of Portswood from September.
 
Appeal for volunteers from Portswood Cancer Research shop
Charity shop Cancer Research UI, at 1-2 The Broadway in Portswood, is appealing for volunteers.
 
Tramstop Bar gets alcohol sales go-ahead
tramstop bar portswood roadPortswood’s new “café / restaurant” Tramstop Bar, that’s set to appear on Portswood Road, has had its application to sell alcohol approved.
 
Portswood sweet shop closing
Sweet Bar sweet shop PortswoodPortswood sweet shop The Sweet Bar is holding a closing down sale and is expected to shut by early September.

 
 
Helping older people stay cool this summer
thermometer pixabay CC01 no attributionAge UK Southampton is helping city residents stay cool in warmer weather this summer through a free information guide for older people and their families.

 
Brexit: advice for EU nationals working and living in the UK
There's the chance for EU nationals working and living in the UK to "hear the latest developments and possible implications for EU nationals of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union from a specialist immigration and human rights barrister" at a forthcoming workshop. More details here.
 
Local charity partnership collaborating to raise awareness of dementia support across Southampton
Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Southampton and Age Concern New Forest are working together to run a free dementia awareness event next month for those with dementia, their carers and families and anyone wanting to find out more about the support available across Southampton and New Forest.
 
Consultation on 'Solent Devolution'
Councils of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton are consulting on setting up a combined authority to "draw down government funding and decision making powers to the Solent area". They give more information on their Solent Deal site. The consultation, which runs until September 18, is here.
 
Junction Inn will be Southampton’s third ‘community asset’ pub
The Junction Inn, SouthamptonThe Junction Inn in St Denys will be only the third pub in Southampton to be registered as an asset of community value, giving the community an option to bid should it ever go onto the market, and making it harder to change the use of the building.

 

 
Roadworks coming up around Portswood in August
bollardUpdated Here's a summary of some scheduled roadworks coming up in and around the area in August that may cause delays or require choosing alternative routes, includng closure for part of Portswood Road.
 
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