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Help save Southampton Scrapstore!
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Southampton 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 for their art and crafts projects, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive the next 25 years.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5

Cultural programme at God's House Tower
gods house tower 200 px under CC2 by Alexander P KappGod’s House Tower, one of "Southampton's historic treasures" (SO14 2NY), has reopened until October 30 ahead of refurbshment work, as part of Southampton's first fringe festival, with a programme of exhibitions and events – including a takeover by #700 women on Saturday – one for each year the building has stood.

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.
Pride of Place Project asks: ‘What does Southampton mean to you?’
caravan galleryThe Southampton Pride of Place Project is coming, with residents being encouraged to help create exhibitions about our city through a photo competition, and evolving display in East Street.

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 2016

Organisers 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’.
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.  
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.
Kids can get crafty at Portswood Library
Portswood Library, SouthamptonThere's a chance for 4 - 8 year olds to get crafty at Portswood Library with fun crafts based on Roald Dahl characters.
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.
Arts festival returns to St Denys for second year
art of heritage logo 200 2016Following last year's success, musicians, artists, workshops and more have already been booked for a second St Denys Urban Arts Festival.
Portswood Police Station reopens to public
Portswood Police Station signCounter services will reopen at Portswood Police Station from July 19, while front counter services at Bitterne Police Station will stop from the end of July 16.
Alma Road mural taking shape
Alma Road mural taking shape
A history mural on the wall of the Bitter Virtue premises in Alma Road is rapidly taking shape.
Burgess Road Library due to reopen on July 25
Update: opening 27/7/16 "as floor drying out"
Southampton City Council reports that Burgess Road Library, which is set to reopen under 'community ownership', should reopen on Monday, July 25 following building improvements.
'Southampton people did Southampton proud'
southampton speaks by CWHundreds turned out for an anti-racist rally in Southampton on Saturday (July 2), to protest against far right groups which had been planning an event to celebrate Brexit, and which were expected to demonstrate under a ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ banner.


Want to be a part of a Southampton community brewing project?
butchers brew club groupsLocal home brewers who meet at The Butcher’s Hook have revealed plans to set up a community brewery in Southampton, and have launched a short survey to gauge interest in the idea.

Audio: Catch up with Southampton’s cultural conversation
What music means 460If you didn’t make it to the Culture City Fringe Event on June 9, there’s the chance to catch up with the speakers and the cultural conversation by following this link, where you’ll find a handy audio recording of the evening’s proceedings. Speakers include race and diversity pioneer Don John and collaborative artist Sarah Filmer.
Culture conversations continue in Southampton
Image: Mike
New team for Portswood bookshop
Independent bookshop October Books says a new team has formed to take it forward following an appeal earlier in the year for people to take over.
Long's turns into Roebridge Farm Shop
Roebridge Farm Shop - previously Longs, Portswood Broadway, SouthamptonGreengrocer Long's on Portswood Broadway has had a facelift and is reopening as Roebridge Farm Shop, aiming to sell a wider range of products to keep up with industry changes.
Second micropub for Portswood?
tramstop bar portswood roadPlans are reportedly afoot to convert the former Portswood Road Surgery, opposite Trago Lounge, into another micropub, according to Hop Press magazine.


Brush up on your language skills in Portswood
There's the chance to flex your 'language memory muscles' at informal and free to attend Spanish and French conversation groups in Portswood, which move outdoors over the summer months.

Labour takes Portswood seat 'for first time in 35 years'
  Party retains control of Southampton City Council

Labour has held on to Southampton City Council following local elections on May 5, with the party's John Savage, left, winning the contested Portswood seat from Linda Norris (Conservative) by 255 votes. According to Labour it's the first time in 35 years the party has held a seat in the ward.
Portswood bank to slash opening hours
Portswood's remaining 'big four' bank, NatWest, has written to customers to tell them it's cutting opening times to just four hours a day from July 25.
Doctors strike in Southampton
nhs strike april 2016 guildhall sqHere was the youngest protester we found at the junior doctors' rally in Guildhall Square on Tuesday (April 26).
Tests find nitrogen dioxide levels average 50% over limit
smogmobile results 200pxNitrogen dioxide, a pollutant emitted from car exhausts which causes ill health and premature deaths, has been measured in parts of Southampton at an average 50% higher than the annual 'limit'.


Nominate your favourite green space for award
Southampton Commons and Parks Protection Society and The City of Southampton Society are inviting people to nominate their favourite park or green open space for this year’s Southampton Green Open Spaces Award.
Video: Pollution in Southampton - 'We really must now act'
cleanairvidscreenshot200pxSpeaking at the launch of Clean Air Southampton , co-founder Colin MacQueen said a special 'Smogmobile' vehicle had been monitoring air quality during the rush hour, and average readings were roughly 50% above safe limits.

Watch our video report here.

Portswood GP surgery rated Inadequate
Alma Road medical centre southamptonThe Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates health and social care in England, has put a Portswood GP practice into special measures.
Have say on new Common play area
Southampton Common paddling pool
The council is seeking suggestions on the planning of a new "natural play park and wet play areas" that will replace  the paddling pool on Southampton Common.
Residents sign up to run St Denys SpeedWatch scheme
priory rd 20 zoneResidents discussed St Denys traffic problems and volunteered to help run a SpeedWatch scheme at a meeting organised by Southampton Green Party on March 22.


Petition opposes public space protection orders in Southampton
Homeless detail by SLR Jester under CC2A new petition opposing public space protection orders in Southampton, which petitioners say "pose a threat to civil liberties and [criminalise] homelessness and begging," has been launched on website 38 Degrees.

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