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Sing for water: Saturday fundraising fun
sing for water by adam barnesEnjoy a feast for the senses at the Sing for Water Mini Festival in support of WaterAid at Turner Sims on Saturday (July 4), hosted by Fiona Funnell and Delicious Sounds Choir.


 
Hat Fair celebrates fifth decade with kaleidoscope of performances
ear trumpet littlebredy - credit Rik Irons-McleanHat Fair, Britain’s longest running outdoor arts festival, returns to the streets of Winchester this weekend, with a new selection of world class performers who promise to transform the city into an outdoor playground of the weird, wacky and astonishing.
Pic: Rik Irons-Mclean
 
'Kick off election blues' at Leftfest
Unite Community in Southampton marks its first birthday on Saturday, July 25 with 'Leftfest' – a free festival celebrating progressive activism in Southampton, including speakers, discussion, music and more. Booking required. Details on Facebook.

 
Secondhand bike sale at Highfield School Fete
Highfield School Fete (SO17 1PX) includes cakes, tombola, bike stunt show and a secondhand bike and scooter sale on Saturday, July 11 from 11am-2.30pm. More details, especially about buying or selling bikes, here.
 
Experience Thai culture
The Southampton Thai Food & Crafts Festival takes place this weekend (July 4/5) at Hoglands Park, featuring cooking demonstrations, live music, dancing, Thai boxing and more. Admission paid. Further details here.
 
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.
 
Open Week will showcase Cantell School
cantell schoolCantell is launching an Open Week in July to showcase the school to future students and their parents.
 
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 Cycles in the local community
FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! 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.   
 
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!

 

 
Burgess Road: security guard assaulted
Police continue to appeal for information after a security guard was approached and assaulted outside a Tesco Express store on Burgess Road between 10.30pm and 11pm on Wednesday, April 1.
 
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
 
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.
 
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.

 

 
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.

 

 
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.
 
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