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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.

 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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

 
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...
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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