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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.
 
Police launch week-long crackdown on speeding
speed-camera-sign-pixabay 200Hampshire’s roads policing officers are launching a crackdown on speeding as part of a week-long campaign from August 21 with the message: “Think before you speed – it could save a life.”

 
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.

 
Portswood café hosts August clothes swap
clothes swaps generic bannerUpdate: This event is now moving to God's House Tower on Friday 25 from 3pm - 8pm.
 
Talk will explore Shakespeare's connections with Southampton
Historian Dr Cheryl Butler, left, explores Shakespeare's connections with Southampton and how he developed his iconic play about the medieval King Henry V, contrasting that with the life of the real monarch, through a talk at Portswood Library on Wednesday August 16 from 7pm.
 
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.

 
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.  
 
Promoting benefits of breastfeeding
Image World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1-7, and the council is encouraging support for mothers choosing to breastfeed through initiatives like the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme, so far supported by 144 Southampton venues.
 
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.
 
Promoted: New yoga classes in Bitterne
Michelle Higgins200circlePROMOTED I'm Michelle Higgins, a yoga teacher based in Southampton, and I teach a series of weekly classes and occasional workshops in various venues around the city.

 

 
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.
 
Free summer season of art and events in Southampton’s Guildhall Square
Markus Bergstrom - PavilionFrom mid-July through to the end of the summer holidays in early September, Guildhall Square will be the place for a series of free family music events, performances and activities.
 
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”.
 
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”.

 
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