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Meet the neighbours at outer Avenue street party
Alma Road street party June 2015 by Cath WrightOuter Avenue Residents' Association is organising a Street Welcome Party with the University of Southampton Students' Union for Sunday, October 4 at the junction of Alma Road and Cambridge Road from 1-4pm.
Setting up a Winn/Westwood Rd residents' association
Around 35 people who are interested in setting up a Winn/Westwood Road residents' association.attended an open meeting in Portswood on September 31. Gil Dekel sends this report.
Age UK Southampton celebrates 25 years of the International Day of Older Persons
Age UK Southampton Logo copyAge UK Southampton staff and volunteers will be visible across the city on Thursday (Oct 1), which is the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons – a UN-backed day that recognises the important role of older people in society.
"Inspirational" community arts festival at East Street
east st arts fest road closedThe road was closed and the sun shone as the community took over part of East Street in Southampton city centre on Saturday (Sept 26) for an arts festival that included a vibrant mix of live music, dancing, poetry, street entertainment, pop up galleries and whole lot more. 
What does your library mean to you?
Portswood LibraryPortswood Library celebrates its centenary on October 22, and in the run up is holding a writing competition about the significance of libraries.
Secondary school open days coming up
If you're a parent of a Year 6 pupil considering secondary school options, open days at Bitterne Park, Cantell and Woodlands Community College are looming.
Getting your donations to refugees
goods in van courtesy southampton actionFollowing appeals for donations for refugees and a huge response from local people – including at St Denys Church on September 6 – Nicola Walters from Southampton Action gives an update on the massive sorting and shipping operation now underway.


Portswood MP joins shadow energy team
Image Longstanding campaigner on climate change and renewable energy Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has been named as part of the shadow energy team alongside shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy.
Audio: Burgess & five other Southampton libraries to close unless groups offer to run them
saveourlibrary2The outcome of Tuesday's cabinet meeting is that Burgess Road Library and others could close perhaps as soon as April 2016 unless groups come forward to run them. Read on for more details and to hear proceedings at cabinet on Tuesday.
Tory tax credit cuts hit majority of families in Test – MP
On Tuesday (Sept 15) the Tories voted through a bill that will drastically cut Tax Credit allowance for the majority of families in Southampton Test, according to Labour MP for the constituency Alan Whitehead, who voted against it.
Portswood Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, 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 Yoga class at St Denys starts in October
Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes begin on Wednesday mornings at St Denys Church Centre from October 14 – contact Nuala on 023 8051 2407 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for info.
Audio: 'Overwhelming support' for refugee collection at St Denys
refugee response 2There were queues to unload cars at St Denys Church on Sunday as over 400 people arrived throughout the afternoon with essential items including tents, shoes, clothing, and toiletries to be sent to refugees. Read more to hear our audio interview with organiser Nicola Walters.

Home brewer's first commercial beer going on sale in Portswood
bottle and labelA group of home brewers who started meeting this year have teamed up with a nearby brewery to create a beer which goes on sale across a string of local outlets in September.

New website for local counselling charity
options logoOptions Wellbeing Trust, a long-established local charity offering counselling and related services, has launched a new website part funded by an award from the Digital Capability Fund, which includes information about various concerns, from stress to addictions. 

Previously: Summer of sport makes gambling hot issue


Plenty of children's theatre in store at Nuffield

ladybird-012The author of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell will visit Nuffield on September, 16 followed by a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ What the Ladybird Heard (photo) on September 18 & 19.


Have your say on Southampton's new Guildhall Square arts venue
There's the chance to take part in an 'Open Space' discussion in September about Southampton's new arts venue, currently under construction in Guildhall Square. Click here for info.
Help test new way to publish council notices
Southampton is trialling new ways of publishing statutory notices until the end of September, such as news about road closures or when a pub is planning to extend its opening hours.You can view notices, and sign up to receive notices by email during the trial, from this council page.
Video: Council withdraws funding for Burgess Road Library
library consultation adultThe council withdrew funding for five Southampton libraries, including Burgess Road, at a cabinet meeting on August 18. Read on for our full meeting roundup, including exclusive footage from the meeting and of the vote, and a powerful speech from a Burgess Road Library user.
St Denys Community Centre seeks web wizard
St Denys Community Centre is on the lookout for a web wizard who can spare a couple of hours a month to help the voluntary committee keep their website updated. If you can help contact the centre via their site – which also lists other volunteering positions. 
Source: SCC Communities Team


Plans approved for new Portswood café
Planners have granted permission to change the use of 225 Portswood Road, next door to Kate's Café Lounge, to restaurant/café class. 
Plans lodged for 260 student flats
Orchard Homes has lodged plans for a student development near Portswood Road and Belmont Road comprising 260 flats.
Free nursery places for two year olds
Parents of children who are already or nearly 2-years-old can use the council’s online checker to find out if their child is entitled to a free place with a nursery, preschool or childminder for up to 15 hours a week.
Meeting will discuss residents' association for Winn & Westwood Roads
Image An open meeting to discuss an idea of setting up a residents' association for Winn and Westwood Roads is being organised for September.
What should council priorities be?
Southampton City Council is conducting a 'priorities questionnaire' to help it shape services and refresh the Council Strategy.
Coffee shop prepares to open in former bank premises
coffee number 1New coffee shop Coffee#1, part of a 50-strong chain, is getting set to open in Portswood – the second company to take over former Portswood bank premises in recent years.
22 things to do with the kids this summer
paddling pool under cc2 by Leon brocardWondering what to do with the kids during six blissful, warm summer weeks? Never fear: from camping out to splashing about, Rebecca Welton's researched 22 holiday activities in and around the city for maximum family fun these hols...
Autism Hampshire becomes Sainsbury’s new Local Charity of the Year
ImageSainsbury’s Portswood has announced that Autism Hampshire will be the store’s Local Charity of the Year, and receive a year's worth of fundraising and awareness support from the supermarket.
Summer challenge goes out to young readers
reading challenge record  breakers credit reqRecord Breakers, this year's Summer Reading Challenge, will encourage young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Book, and discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world.
More student housing could help return family homes to open market – Developer
Updated with comments from Twitter Development proposals for a new student hall of residence between Portswood and Belmont roads, comprising around 349 self-contained units, go on show for feedback from the public in July.
Sant Jewellers opens in Portswood
ImageLong-standing St Mary's business Sant Jewellers opened a branch in Portswood on Friday (June 19). "Fabulous new shop in Portswood opened today. Just a few of my favourite things - gold,diamonds etc! good luck SANT." tweeted Southampton's Mayor Cllr Linda Norris. Pic: Cath Wright
Traditional fun at St Denys Church Fayre
st denys church fayre 2015Fortunatenly the rain held off and locals were able to enjoy a traditional fayre at St Denys Church on Saturday (June 20), where there were attractions ranging from ukulele playing to stalls, games, a raffle, crafts, cake and more. 


Watch movies outdoors this summer
film sign under CC2 by ozz13xHijack Cinema, which screens films in locations from warehouses to parks, is back, and this summer you can watch your favourite movies under the stars at Hoglands Park.


Portswood’s Westridge Road named as crime spot
ImageWestridge Road has one of the highest crime rates in England and Wales, according to surprising Home Office data, which apparently ranks it joint 39th in a list of 50 hotspots, reports the Independent's 'I' newspaper.
Sunny Sunday Portswood street party
Residents and friends around Lodge Road enjoyed a sunny afternoon street party organised by the Outer Avenue Residents Association and the University Students Union on Sunday (June 7).
Portswood & University Lloyds Bank branches to close
ImageLloyds Bank has confirmed it's closing its Portswood and University branches in August.
Sky Ride's coming back to town
sky ride london 2010 under CC2 martin vmorrisTaking place this year on Sunday, July 19 from 11am-3pm, now's the time to register for your place on this free, family mass participation cycling event over an eight-kilometer traffic-free route around the city. More details here. Pic under CC2 by  martin_vmorris

Students invited to vent about their rent
Image Students are being invited to take part in an annual survey about housing, and vent about their rent!

Get everyday items fixed at next Repair Café
Repair Cafe logoIf you’re wondering what to do with a broken toaster, a jumper full of moth holes or a broken precious object, then take it to Repair Café on Saturday, June 6 at Freemantle United Reformed Church from 10.30am.
• Get things mended at first Repair Café

Man hurt in Portswood pavement scooter incident
A 67-year-old man sustained multiple injuries on a Portswood Road pavement when he was knocked over by another man riding a mobility scooter.
Whitehead holds Southampton Test for Labour
ImageGeneral election Alan Whitehead held Southampton Test, which includes Portswood, for Labour in the general election, in fact increasing the party's majority to 3,810 over the Conservatives.
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