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Tea-guzzling tiger pounces into town at half term

1  The Tiger Who Came to Tea  Photo by Alastair Muir
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! Judith Kerr’s ferociously popular tale
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a grrrreat musical play coming to the Nuffield Theatre during half term. Pic: Alastair Muir

 
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.

 
Planned NHS strike suspended
>NHS trade unions have suspended the industrial action planned for this Thursday January 29) following a pay proposal put forward by the government.

 
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.
 
Recycle Christmas cards and wrapping paper
A local supermarket is encouraging residents to recycle their old Christmas cards and wrapping paper to make positive impact to the environment.
 
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! NOW OPEN MONDAYS 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.   
 
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.


 
Roundup of Christmas shows across the region
Kieran Buckeridge in Dick Whittington by Robert WorkmanIt’s that time when families and friends flock to theatres to take in Christmas shows – and get that once-a-year chance to yell: “he’s behind you!” Here’s Rebecca Welton’s roundup of productions around the region.

Pictured: Kieran Buckeridge in last year's Dick Whittington at Salisbury Playhouse. He returns this year in Mother Goose. Photo: Robert Workman
• Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat
• How to keep it local this Christmas
 
Fruit trees at bargain prices from Transition Southampton
Transition Southampton is offering people the opportunity to buy apple, cherry and plum trees, plus raspberry canes and rhubarb crowns at bargain prices.

 
Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat
The Snow Queen Nuffield banner croppedFancy a frosty festive treat this Christmas? Why not take the kids along to the Nuffield’s new adaptation of The Snow Queen which opens on November 27, and which promises to melt your heart.

 
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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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