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‘Remarkable public affection’ for Portswood’s October Books
Image Portswood community bookshop October Books has “managed to obtain the £6000 it needed to renew its lease” and has survived because of "remarkable public affection for it", according to a feature in The Guardian newspaper, which charts the shop’s history over 37 years and looks at the national alternative bookshop picture. Read the article here.
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City's cultural festival cancelled
crowd at ejector seatSouthampton's arts, culture and music festival, EjectorSeat, which was scheduled for June 14, has been cancelled due to "an unsuccessful funding application".

 
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All blue Portswood
Labour has held on to control of Southampton City Council, and Portswood ward now has three Conservative councillors after Thursday’s local election, which saw the city’s Liberal Democrat leader lose his Portswood seat.
 
'Decline in use' prompts Barclays' branch closure
barclays bank closing sign
Barclays bank says that a "significant decline in customer usage" is a reason for the announced closure of its Portswood branch on July 25.
 
Has the world gone ice cream mad?
As rumoured, it looks like a second ice cream parlour – Scoops Gelato – is preparing to open in Portswood, just a stone’s throw from Sprinkles Gelato over the road.
 
Brits left with just £148 a month after bills
coins stockxBy Stephen Slominski
The average Briton is left with only £148 spending money each month after essential bills and expenses, according to a new ‘disposable income index’ launched this week.
 
85 firefighters tackle student high rise blaze
fire student flats Oliver Gamston 200Roads were sealed off on Thursday lunchtime as firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out – reportedly following an explosion – towards the top of a high-rise student block that’s under construction in Southampton city centre.
Pic: @Gamston_O

 
Students raise £5000 for good causes
ImageUniversity of Southampton students raised over £5000 during their 'Big Give' week-long charity drive in March for charities including Wessex Heartbeat, Motor Neurone Disease Association, and the humanitarian-aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières.
 
History group discovers royal & political connections to Bevois House
In the course of its digging a new local history group says it has uncovered both royal and political connections to the inhabitants of Bevois House, near Lodge Road – writes Allyson Hayes.
 
Brief closure at KFC follows inspection
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Portswood voluntarily closed for two hours on Monday following a council inspection.

 
Zane Lowe lined up for uni Grad Ball
Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe joins performers including the Mariachis, Gorgon City and Lawson at the University of Southampton student union’s Grad Ball 2014 in June.
 
Give the gift of life this Easter
As well as giving gifts and chocolate, think about giving blood in the run up to Easter, is the appeal to locals from NHS Blood and Transplant.
 
Portswood Road: assault in broad daylight
portswood road signAn 18-year-old man was assaulted on Portswood Road at 9am on Wednesday (March 12) as he entered his place of work. The Echo reports he was treated for multiple stab wounds, but has since been released from hospital.
 
Mordaunt Road: Appeal follows aggravated burglary
Police are issuing a witness appeal following an aggravated burglary in Inner Avenue.
 
Lodge Road: Plan for 97 student flats
Image An outline planning application to create 97 student flats in a development ranging from two to six storeys on the corner of Lodge and Rose Road, has been described by one objector as “way out of character with the rest of the area”.
 
Maplin reportedly for sale
Maplin Bevois ValleyElectronics retailer Maplin, which has shops in Bevois Valley and Southampton city centre, has been put up for sale for at least £100m, according to this report in The Independent and various other national media reports.
 
Free Wi-Fi on the way
wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyThe rollout of free Wi-Fi in busy Southampton locations will begin over the next 12 months, according to the council.
 
The Highfield becomes The Grazing Goat
Huge transformations are afoot at the former Highfield public house on Highfield Lane, which is soon to open as The Grazing Goat.
 
Permanent trolley for food donations at Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s has set up a permanent trolley in its Portswood store to collect donations of non-perishable food and unwanted clothing from shoppers to help those in crisis.
 
Help October Books stay put
Ian LammingOctober Books, the community bookshop that’s been in Portswood for eleven years, says it’s facing a possible rent hike that could ultimately force it to find alternative premises.
 
Efit released following sexual assault
ImagePolice investigating an indecent assault near Southampton Common have issued an efit of man they want to talk to.

 
‘Silent strugglers’ turn to risky borrowing
Pass it-on-300x208People in the South East are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, but hiding their problem by taking out risky loans or saying they would keep it secret from family and friends, says Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity.
 
Sainsbury’s Local for Bevois Valley
bevois valley signSainsbury’s is set to build a new convenience store on the former ‘Heli-Beds’ site in Bevois Valley.
 
No Limits: Helping young people help themselves
young peopleNo Limits claims to be the only truly holistic service in the area offering iadvice, support and counselling for young people and children. Read more about the organisation's activities in a feature on our sister site bitternepark.info

 

 
Resident disturbs burglars
Two men attempted to break into a house in Highfield Road in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, December 10, but were thwarted when they realised a resident was at home.
 
Warning follows bank card phone scam
credit cardsPolice are warning people never to give out credit or bank card PINs over the phone following a number of related card scam incidents on Monday (December 16).

 
Could you be a library friend?
A new 'Friends of Portswood Library' group is looking for supporters to help protect, develop and promote the local facility.
 
Now is time to claim pension compensation
A Southampton MP is calling on residents who had pensions with Equitable Life to make sure they get the compensation promised to them by the government before it is too late.
 
Petition to save ‘cultural hotspot’
wool houseA petition has been launched to save The Wool House as an arts and cultural space, rather than it being turned into a pub and restaurant.

 
Bomb disposal experts called to Bitterne Park
Image Bomb disposal experts were called to nearby Bitterne Park Triangle on December 5, after the discovery of suspicious material. More on our sister site here.{!Jomcomment}
 
‘Lock it or lose it’ police warn Portswood students
Portswood police are reminding students to lock their premises or risk losing their valuables following a spate of burglaries in the area.
 
Police seek Richmond Gardens witnesses
Police are linking what they’re describing as two attempted burglaries, one in Richmond Gardens, Portswood, and another in River Walk in the Townhill Park area of Southampton.
 
Spate of Portswood burglaries
Police have reported 34 dwelling & non-dwelling burglaries in the past three weeks in Portswood, most at insecure properties. They are conducting high visibility patrols and offering advice, particularly at student houses, about security and leaving technology on display.
 
'Ultra local' business network mooted
Would an informal and 'ultra local' business networking group that encourages support, collaboration and inter-trading be of interest?
 
Bus route links Portswood with Eastleigh
wheelers orange bus Local bus operator Wheelers Travel has launched a new service linking Portswood with Eastleigh, and which complements other new services recently introduced by the company.
 
Audio: Listen again to top local talent
Pod Cast If you missed our recent one-and-a-half hour live audio stream, which featured some of the very best Southampton spoken word and musical talent, plus the usual jolly japes, worry not: the 'listen again' facility is now available via our sister site bitternepark.info. 
 
Top winter motoring tips from Highways Agency
breakdown highways agencyHere are some handy hints and tips from the Highways Agency for avoiding breakdowns and making sure your vehicle is in top condition for the colder months ahead.
 
Calling enthusiastic knitters!
knitting croppedNHS Blood and Transplant is looking for enthusiastic knitters to help raise awareness of blood donation for a campaign which runs in February 2014.
 
Two injured following Portswood pub brawl
Portswood Road sign An assault in a Portswood pub aggravated the landlord’s old back injury and left him with bruising. And a 62-year-old friend who came to his aid will probably require surgery.
 
Have you seen stolen bike & white 'tagalong'
bike stolen from St DenysThis bike was stolen from a garage at the back of Eastfield Road (entrance on Griffin Court) in St Denys, it's thought during Saturday night / Sunday morning (Nov 2/3), along with a white child's 'tagalong' bike similar but not identical to this one.
 
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