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Ale festival for St George’s Day
The Drummond Arms, on Somerset Road (SO17 3AA) is celebrating St George’s day by holding an ale festival from Wednesday until Sunday (April 23-27).
Next Portswood Library coffee morning
ImageGrab a free cuppa and have a chat at Friends of Portswood Library's next coffee morning on Friday (April 25) at the library from 11am.
Highfield Residents' Assocation annual meeting
Highfield Residents' Association holds its Annual General Meeting at  7.30 pm on Thursday April 24 at the Highfield House Hotel.
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.
What will it be?
ImageSpeculation seems to be mounting over what this carefully veiled new Portswood shop is going be.
Portswood Cycles in the local community
open signAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, offers a range of Freego Electric Bikes, famous names in non-electric bikes, a maintenance and repair service for electric and non-electric bikes, plus a full range of accessories. 10% discount on servicing, repairs & accessories on production of student ID. Note: shop closed Mondays.   
Easter fun fair at Southampton Common
funfair1B. Cole & Sons' Easter fair comes to Southampton Common from April 17 - 27 , also featuring a market on the bank holiday Monday. For times click here.
'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.
History group discovers royal & political connections to Bevois House
In the course of its digging a new local history group says it has uncovered both royal and political connections to the inhabitants of Bevois House, near Lodge Road – writes Allyson Hayes.
Brief closure at KFC follows inspection
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Portswood voluntarily closed for two hours on Monday following a council inspection.

Teachers strike over pay & pensions
teachers on strike southampton 2011Teachers take national strike action on March 26 against "excessive workload", and over pay and "unfair pension changes".
Southampton’s largest independent carpet store
exterior with flashAdvertising feature: Carpet Gallery, at 126 Macnaghten Road SO18 1GH (opposite Bitterne railway station), is the largest independent carpet store in Southampton, offering two massive floors of choice – and great prices all year round.
Southampton Labour responds to budget
Dr Alan WhiteheadCommenting on this week’s budget, Alan Whitehead (left), Labour MP for Southampton Test, said the chancellor had failed to mention that 24 tax rises have been introduced on his watch.
Zane Lowe lined up for uni Grad Ball
Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe joins performers including the Mariachis, Gorgon City and Lawson at the University of Southampton student union’s Grad Ball 2014 in June.
Give the gift of life this Easter
As well as giving gifts and chocolate, think about giving blood in the run up to Easter, is the appeal to locals from NHS Blood and Transplant.
Exhibition explores 100 years of knitting
The University of Southampton is currently holding an exhibition exploring 100 years of knitting between 1914 and 2014, which, among other items includes a pattern for that iconic ‘Starsky and Hutch’ cardigan.

Portswood Road: assault in broad daylight
portswood road signAn 18-year-old man was assaulted on Portswood Road at 9am on Wednesday (March 12) as he entered his place of work. The Echo reports he was treated for multiple stab wounds, but has since been released from hospital.
‘Are we fit to frack’ asks Alan Whitehead MP
Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has launched a report warning that current shale gas regulations are not fit for purpose and as a result the industry could have a serious impact on wildlife habitats and endangered species.
Mordaunt Road: Appeal follows aggravated burglary
Police are issuing a witness appeal following an aggravated burglary in Inner Avenue.
Lodge Road: Plan for 97 student flats
Image An outline planning application to create 97 student flats in a development ranging from two to six storeys on the corner of Lodge and Rose Road, has been described by one objector as “way out of character with the rest of the area”.
Maplin reportedly for sale
Maplin Bevois ValleyElectronics retailer Maplin, which has shops in Bevois Valley and Southampton city centre, has been put up for sale for at least £100m, according to this report in The Independent and various other national media reports.
Free Wi-Fi on the way
wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyThe rollout of free Wi-Fi in busy Southampton locations will begin over the next 12 months, according to the council.
Join pop-up choir & sing for water
ImageThere are no auditions, and there's no need to read music – all you need is a love of singing to join a new pop-up choir which will rehearse for just eight weeks and then perform at a concert hall to raise vital funds for charity WaterAid.
The Highfield becomes The Grazing Goat
Huge transformations are afoot at the former Highfield public house on Highfield Lane, which is soon to open as The Grazing Goat.
Permanent trolley for food donations at Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s has set up a permanent trolley in its Portswood store to collect donations of non-perishable food and unwanted clothing from shoppers to help those in crisis.
Help October Books stay put
Ian LammingOctober Books, the community bookshop that’s been in Portswood for eleven years, says it’s facing a possible rent hike that could ultimately force it to find alternative premises.
Efit released following sexual assault
ImagePolice investigating an indecent assault near Southampton Common have issued an efit of man they want to talk to.

‘Silent strugglers’ turn to risky borrowing
Pass it-on-300x208People in the South East are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, but hiding their problem by taking out risky loans or saying they would keep it secret from family and friends, says Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity.
Sainsbury’s Local for Bevois Valley
bevois valley signSainsbury’s is set to build a new convenience store on the former ‘Heli-Beds’ site in Bevois Valley.
No Limits: Helping young people help themselves
young peopleNo Limits claims to be the only truly holistic service in the area offering iadvice, support and counselling for young people and children. Read more about the organisation's activities in a feature on our sister site bitternepark.info


Resident disturbs burglars
Two men attempted to break into a house in Highfield Road in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, December 10, but were thwarted when they realised a resident was at home.
Unions: Uni boss pay rise ‘confrontational’
All three University of Southampton campus unions have called on the vice chancellor to reject a reported pay rise of around 6%, while staff – who say their pay has fallen by 13% over the last four years – are being offered 1%.
Warning follows bank card phone scam
credit cardsPolice are warning people never to give out credit or bank card PINs over the phone following a number of related card scam incidents on Monday (December 16).

Could you be a library friend?
A new 'Friends of Portswood Library' group is looking for supporters to help protect, develop and promote the local facility.
Now is time to claim pension compensation
A Southampton MP is calling on residents who had pensions with Equitable Life to make sure they get the compensation promised to them by the government before it is too late.
Petition to save ‘cultural hotspot’
wool houseA petition has been launched to save The Wool House as an arts and cultural space, rather than it being turned into a pub and restaurant.

Bomb disposal experts called to Bitterne Park
Image Bomb disposal experts were called to nearby Bitterne Park Triangle on December 5, after the discovery of suspicious material. More on our sister site here.{!Jomcomment}
‘Lock it or lose it’ police warn Portswood students
Portswood police are reminding students to lock their premises or risk losing their valuables following a spate of burglaries in the area.
Police seek Richmond Gardens witnesses
Police are linking what they’re describing as two attempted burglaries, one in Richmond Gardens, Portswood, and another in River Walk in the Townhill Park area of Southampton.
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