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General election: who’s standing in Test & where are the hustings?
polling station signUpdated We now know our choices in the forthcoming general election for the Southampton Test seat on June 8, and there’s the chance on May 24 to attend candidate hustings.
Link: General election campaigning suspended after Manchester attack - Guardian
 
Talk: Foreign Influence in Southampton Throughout Time
Portswood LibraryAn evening talk  on Wednesday (May 24) with Southampton guide Katie Santos looks at 'foreign influence in Southampton throughout time'.
 
Riverfest acts revealed
riverfestlogobigAn exciting lineup has been announced for this month’s Riverfest, a free community festival for all ages, which takes place on May 27 in Riverside Park. Full details on our sister site bitternepark.info and Click here for the chance to win a Riverfest boat ride: closes Thurs
 
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...
 
Greens withdraw from Southampton Test election contest
green party logoUpdated Southampton and District Green Party has said it won't after all stand a candidate against Dr Alan Whitehead of Labour in the forthcoming general election in the Southampton Test constituency, which includes Portswood, St Denys and Highfield.
 
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”.
 
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.  
 
Promoted: Hope for a brighter future - new counselling service in Portswood
Elaine Ray imagePROMOTED Are you struggling with life? Do you need help to make positive changes in your life? Introducing a new counselling practice that has just opened in Portswood...

 

 
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.
 
Promoted: Telly addicts wanted by TV researcher
areyouatellyadictmpuPROMOTEDA local researcher is looking for small groups of volunteers to watch TV – and get paid for it.
 
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.
 
Portswood Community Festival taking place in May
A festival is being planned to celebrate the five years since Portswood Rec was designated as a ‘Field in Trust’ site ensuring that it remains the centre of the community, providing space for residents to meet-up, play, relax and create lasting memories.
 
Portswood noodle bar opens
Wok&Go Portswood Southampton New noodle bar Wok&Go has opened in Portswood – the chain’s twenty-first in the UK.
 
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”.
 
Help give gift of reading to Kenyan orphanage children
Friends of Portswood Library are appealing for funds to help send donated books to a children’s orphanage in Kenya.
 
Dock o' the bay restaurant closes
The dock o' the bay restaurant on The Avenue has closed, according to a post on its Facebook page. 
 
Students raise funds to grow veg and bring people together
Campus Collective, University of Southampton A group of students has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a community garden in Portswood.
 
Local music venue founder Bryn Lewis passes away
bryn lewis courtesy the brookThe Brook has announced that the music venue’s founder and creator, Bryn Lewis, has sadly died.
 
Café and flats for Lloyds Bank building?
Plans have been submitted to create an additional two storeys for flats above the former Lloyds Bank building opposite Sainsbury’s in Portswood, while a change of use application is pending that could see the ground floor turned into a restaurant or café.
 
Audio: Community floats big ideas for Riverfest
riverfest meet ascension groupAround 50 people turned out on a damp Wednesday evening (Feb 1)  for a community meeting to plan Riverfest – a one-day festival on May 27 at Riverside Park that will celebrate the River Itchen. You can listen to our audio interview with the organiser on our sister site >>

 

 
Police crackdown on motorists using mobiles behind the wheel
phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire police are this week taking part in a national crackdown on motorists using mobile phones behind the wheel, warning that “a moment’s inattention could mean the difference between life and death”.

 
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.
 
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.

 

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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

 
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...
 
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).


 
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.
 
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’.
 
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.
 
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