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15 things to do with the kids this Easter
childpainting under CC2 by Gina Lee KimFrom mummifying an orange to learning magic tricks, and from making a moneybox to finding fairies, here's Rebecca Welton's pick of 15 events for younger children in and around Southampton over the Easter holidays...

 
Memorial day at Conservative Club
St Denys and Bitterne Park Conservative Club hold a memorial day for Martin Barnaby, who used to run the St Denys Hotel, all day on Sunday March 29.
 
Repairs underway to restore St Denys Church

The exterior of the church with scaffolding erected (1)Repair works have started to restore the Victorian Grade II listed St Denys Church, which was designed by the celebrated architect George Gilbert Scott and consecrated in 1868.
• Pics from church roof: Bitterne Park sparkling in the sunshine!

 

 
Lamenting loss of Portswood loos
westridge road loosDuring a presentation to the March full council meeting, former Liberal Democrat councillor Mr Adrian Vinson lamented the imminent loss of Portswood's public loos in Westridge Road.
 
Police urge students to review security after Portswood burglaries
Police are reminding students to review their security arrangements following two burglaries at student houses in Portswood which saw electrical items and jewellery stolen. (!Jomcomment}
 
Call for 'full, thorough & open investigation' into library options
 library protest read in 2Conservatives moved a motion at Wednesday's (March 18) full council meeting calling for suggestions submitted as part of the library consultation process to be “thoroughly investigated”.


• Audio: Full roundup with pictures of recent library protest
 
Audio: Libraries - 'Don't be fooled into thinking the needs of people have changed...'
library protest kidsThere was substantial support for the campaign to save threatened Southampton libraries on the lunchtime of March 18.




 
Bring back the balloons - petition
Southampton International Balloon Festival under cc2 by Damien EverettAn online petition calling on the council to bring back the Southampton Balloon and Flower Festival, which was an annual event held in the summer on Southampton Common, has attracted over 2,800 signatures in just a few days. Pic under CC2 by Damien Everett 
 
Uni students help local kids to Branch Up!
ImageStudents at the University of Southampton students’ Union (SUSU) have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for activity days for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! NOW OPEN MONDAYS Get £100 cashback on any new electric bike bought before Feb 28, 2015! Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, 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.   
 
New play equipment at Portswood Rec
New play kit at Portswood Rec
Work has now been completed to put in new play equipment at Portswood Recreation Ground.
• Funding boost means new play equipment on the way for Portswood Rec
 
Training for those wanting to lead walks
Enjoy walking? Want to start a walking group in your neighbourhood or for your community group? This walk leader training programme could be for you.

 
Was this your Valentine's gift?
ImageThis unique sign was reported stolen from outside Olive and Ted Interiors' new shop on Gordon Avenue on the day of their official opening – which also happened to be Valentine's Day, and the proprietor is wondering if it was given as a Valentine's gift...
 
Police seek witnesses after Lovers Walk assault
Police say a man knocked a woman to the ground on Lovers Walk off Burgess Road on Monday evening (Feb 16).

 
Lodge Road: Robbery at Tesco cashpoint
Tesco Express
Police report that a woman was robbed in the early hours of Wednesday (Feb 11) at the Tesco cashpoint on Lodge Road.
 
Olive and Ted Interiors opens on Gordon Avenue
Olive and Ted InteriorsOlive and Ted Interiors, a new shop specialising in hand painted and vintage furniture, homeware and accessories, has opened on Gordon Avenue, next door to Amber Antiques, which re-opened recently after a re-build.

 

 
Nuffield takes top theatre award
nuffield theatre 460Nuffield, Southampton’s producing theatre on the university campus, has been named as ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’ at a top theatre awards ceremony in London.

 
Help shape decision making in Southampton
civic centre under CC2 by Nochn NordlichtThe People's Panel is looking for Southampton residents who want to contribute their views to “help shape public services” for their community”.
Photo under CC2 by Nochn Nordlicht
 
If you're not registered, you can't vote!
polling stationVoting gives you a say on who represents you locally, nationally and in Europe – and one of the candidates in each election will be elected whether you vote or not! So here's how to register and make your vote count.

 

 
What does the future hold for St Denys Community Centre?
st denys sign
With the possibility that Southampton Day Services, who help manage St Denys Community Centre and use it five daytimes a week, could be pulled out, chair of St Denys Community Assocation Phil Amey talks about the risks of increased hire charges for community groups, and the possibility of a “spiral downwards” if a solution isn't found. Read more and use the audio player to hear Phil chatting about the centre.
 
Bluestar announces bus service changes
Bus operator Bluestar is introducing changes to its services in and around Southampton, including those running through Portswood.

 

 
Video: Buddies press to keep Burgess Road Library open

This report, by Luke Hodgetts, features the Burgess Road Library Buddies talking about the importance their library has for their community. The group have launched a petition to save it, and they are also on Facebook.
 
Where to go for advice in Southampton
Advice Southampton, a site that points users to advice that's available – on anything from consumer and debt to health, employment and housing – has been launched atwww.advicesouthampton.org.uk.
 
MP says residents angry as NHS 'privatised by back door'
ImageSouthampton residents have expressed their concern about falling standards in the NHS, according to Portswood's MP Dr Alan Whitehead.
 
'No Portswood sexual assaults reported in 2014 led to convictions' - Soton Tab
Student news site Soton Tab says that “none of the Portswood sexual assaults reported in 2014”, and only one in “central Southampton” led to convictions. Their full story is here.
 
Plan for 75 student flats on Portswood Road
Image Plans to redevelop a Portswood Road site into 75 student flats have been revealed.
 
Highfield home of footballer Francis Benali burgled
Police report that the home of Francis Benali in Highfield was broken into sometime between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, Wednesday, December 3.
 
Kitchen blaze at Westwood Road
Image Ten firefighters tackled a fire at a property in Westwood Road, Portswood on Tuesday (Dec 2), and a woman was given oxygen therapy at the scene.
 
Portswood loos could disappear
westridge road loosPortswood’s public loos could close under council cost-cutting proposals.

 
Portswood B&Q to close
ImageThe B&Q store in Mayfield Road, Portswood, which was set up close to the DIY chain's first shop, is to close on February 28 with jobs at risk - reports  the BBC.


 
Man suffers serious injuries following Portswood knife attack
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious hand injuries in an unprovoked knife attack in Portswood on October 30.
 
Student union sets up own lettings agency
ImageThe students’ union at the University of Southampton has set up its own lettings agency so students get a better housing deal, after a survey revealed low satisfaction with the lettings market.
 
Free online courses prove a hit
University of Southampton EEE building courtesy University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton has reached 100,000 enrolments on its free interactive Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCS.

 
House fire closes Lodge Road
Image A fire in a student terraced house close to the Tesco petrol station closed Lodge Road to traffic at the start of the rush hour on Tuesday (Sept 30) as four fire crews tackled the blaze. 
 
'Friendship & optimism' at peace & climate change day
climate rally 2014International Peace Day on Sunday (Sept 21) saw around 60 people singing for peace and walking together in Southampton's parks, then 'dovetailing' into a group of about 200 in Guildhall Square for Climate Change day. 
 
New website for Portswood library group
Friends of Portswood Library, a group that "promtes and protects" the facility, and which organises regular talks and other events at the library, has launched its new website, at www.portswoodlibrary.co.uk.
 
Ugandan children complete arts project
ImageChildren from the Ugandan community in Southampton received their certificates rom the mayor, Councillor Sue Blatchford, for attending an art and crafts project.
 
Ice cream news
ice creamThe students’ union at The University of Southampton reports that it will be opening “an authentic ice cream parlour” within an American retro diner setting on campus – and even developing its own “SUSU flavour ice cream”.
 
Highfield House Hotel could become student accommodation
Highfield House HotelThe owners of Highfield House Hotel on Highfield Lane are seeking feedback on plans to refurbish and extend the building and transform it into 144 student rooms.
 
What does home mean to you?
home isThe average number of rough sleepers found on outreach sessions in Southampton has doubled since 2008, but addressing homelessness is about much more than putting a roof over someone’s head, says Hannah Stewart from local charity The Society of St James.
 
New charity shop offers Bridal Boutique
Sue Ryder charity shop Portswood SouthamptonA new Sue Ryder charity shop – complete with ‘Bridal Boutique’ – is set to open in the Portswood Centre on July 4 at 10am – a mere stone’s throw from the long-established Brides of Southampton, over the road at Addis Square.
 
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