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Fostering information day at Sainsbury's
There's an information day on fostering at Sainsbury's in Portswood on Friday (March 6) from 10am - 4.30pm. There will be a chance to speak to staff about how to get involved, as well as to current foster carers about their experiences.
 
Time running out to have say on libraries
burgess road library front doorTime's running out to have your say on libraries. The council's consultation, which could result in Burgess Road Library being shut, ends on March 6.
 
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.
 
Café Scientific talk: Industrial Archaeology and the Twyford Waterworks.
The Café Scientific talk in St Denys this month is with Dr Martin Gregory, on Industrial Archaeology and the Twyford Waterworks.
 
Portswood sex attack on Thursday morning
A sex attack early on Thursday morning (Feb 26) near Brickfield Road in Portswood, with the area sealed off by police, is being reported.
 
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.
 
Funding boost means new play equipment on the way for Portswood Rec
ImageWork has started on play area improvements at Portswood Recreation Ground following a funding boost of £35,000 for more inclusive equipment.
 
Keep warm, well and happy
Sainsbury's in Portswood is running a 'Winter Warmth Day' drop in session in association with Age UK, on Tuesday (Feb 17) from 10am-4pm, where there will be advice on keeping warm, well and happy – as well as a free cup of tea or coffee.
 
Celebrating International Women's Day
March 8 is International Women's Day and a group of Southampton women have got together to organise a number of events in the city to celebrate.

 
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.   
 
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.

 

 
Council asks kids their views on libraries
library deputation nov 19 2014 Rose HickmanYoung people are now getting their say on the Labour administration's plans for the future of Southampton's libraries – a 'future' that could see five of the city's libraries close, including Burgess Road.
 
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.

 

 
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.
 
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.


 
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.

 
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.
 
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