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Art at the Heart of Southampton in August
under construction
Celebrate 50 years of Nuffield and the City of Southampton with an eye-popping extravaganza of theatre, dance, film and music in a specially built venue at the Art at the Heart Festival from August 1 to 17. Rebecca Welton looks at what's on and when.
 
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.
 
28 things to do with the kids this summer
picnic under CC2 by Ozgur Mulazımoglu School’s out for summer! But what to do? Here’s Rebecca Welton’s pick of 28 things to consider doing with kids in and around the city these holidays. Heck, some of them are even free! And if you have other ideas, why not comment below. Happy holidays!
Photo under CC2 by Özgür Mülazımoğlu

 

 
Have your say on changes to council services
civic centre under CC2 by Nochn NordlichtThe council is consulting with residents over proposals that could change the way it delivers various services, so it can "maximise its decreasing resources".

 

 
What does home mean to you?
home is
The 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.
 
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: 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 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.
 
MP’s call to improve rented housing
Alan Whitehead, Portswood’s Labour MP, has criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for failing to “get their act together” to pass legislation to improve the quality of rented housing. 
 
‘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.
Meet authors at October Books
 
Summer of sport makes gambling hot issue
who stays in control under cc2 by Alan StantonAs a summer of sport gets underway, problem gambling is likely to be a hot issue for many. Louise Harris from Options Wellbeing Trust, a Southampton agency that offers free counselling for people experiencing or affected by problem gambling, takes a closer look at what's often a hidden addiction – and the help that's available.

 
Attempted street robbery
shaftesbury avenue signPolice are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at the junction of Welbeck and Shaftesbury Avenues in Portswood in the early hours of Saturday.


 
City MP condemns fracking law changes
Portswood Labour MP Alan Whitehead has criticised the government for proposing to allow fracking companies to drill under peoples' homes without their permission.
 
Witness appeal follows Spring Crescent assault & robbery
Two women were assaulted by two other women as they walked home along Spring Crescent in the early hours of Sunday, June 1.
 
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.
 
'Snow Queen' Nuffield Christmas show
nuffield theatre sign thumbThe Nuffield has announced that its 2014 Christmas show will be a fun new version of Hans Christian Andersen's classic children's tale The Snow Queen.

 
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.

 
Teachers strike over pay & pensions
teachers on strike southampton 2011Teachers take national strike action on March 26 against "excessive workload", and over pay and "unfair pension changes".
 
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.
 
Join pop-up choir & sing for water
ImageThere are no auditions, and there's no need to read music – all you need is a love of singing to join a new pop-up choir which will rehearse for just eight weeks and then perform at a concert hall to raise vital funds for charity WaterAid.
 
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.
 
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