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Here's a video just in, by Sarah Filmer, of Southampton Ukulele Jam playing at Larmer Tree Festival this year:"30+ performers, 4 days, 10 performances, immeasurable fun"!

 
Re-think on libraries demanded

library protest March 15
Library protest outside civic centre in March

Last week's cabinet decision to withdraw council funding to five Southampton libraries, including Burgess Road Library, has won a reprieve – although probably only a brief one – because it's been 'called in' for further scrutiny.
• Video: Council withdraws funding for Burgess Road Library
 
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.
 
Not sure what to do following GCSE results?
nolimits blue green strapNo Limits, a city charity that offers advice to young people, is running an information session at their Bernard Street drop in on Friday, August 28 for school leavers unsure what to do next after receiving their GCSE results. More info on their website.
Feature: No Limits: Helping young people help themselves

 

 
Art studios open across Hampshire in August
open studios signHow about taking a tour around Hampshire, visiting out of the way studios, galleries – even people’s homes to meet artists, view and purchase art work and sometimes have a go, during Hampshire Open Studios which runs from August 22-30.
 
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.   
 
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.
 
Free sustainability conference for businesses
University of Southampton Business Ethics and Environment students are holding a free conference in September to equip businesses to deliver sustainability projects and solutions.
 
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.
 
Local election: Tory holds on to Portswood seat
Local elections Matthew Claisse has held on to Portswood ward for the Tories after a recount, with Labour in second place in the ward and retaining control of Southampton City Council city-wide. Read more for the Portswood ward results.
 
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!

 

 
Drugs warrants at Westridge Road
Police say they carried out planned drugs warrants at two addresses on Westridge Road, Portswood on Monday (March 30), "as a result of information and intelligence received about suspicious activity at the addresses".
 
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.

 
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.
 
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
 
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