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Positive Money film festival coming to Southampton this summer

Positive Money film festival coming to Southampton this summer

A Positive Money Film Festival comes to Southampton at the end of this month. Positive Money exists to encourage education and discussion about banks and the financial system in Britain. The Solent Branch is presenting this festival so that people in the Solent area have an opportunity to see and discuss the issues raised by
Southampton community bakery to hold ‘bake-off’ competition to raise funds

Southampton community bakery to hold ‘bake-off’ competition to raise funds

A community bakery in Southampton is hosting a bake-off style competition for amateur bakers this month (July 2022) to help raise funds for new baking equipment. CommuniBakes, which is the commercial arm of the charity Communicare, is hosting the competition on Saturday, July 30 and the winning bake will be made and sold in August.
Celebrating our NHS: Southampton Stories on Film at God’s House Tower

Celebrating our NHS: Southampton Stories on Film at God’s House Tower

Since 2013 Southampton Keep Our NHS Public (SKONP) has been campaigning on streets, lobbying MPs and raising public awareness about the threats posed to the NHS through privatisation. As a local branch of Keep Our NHS Public, SKONP works to advocate the values of the NHS: publicly owned, accountable, funded from general taxation, publicly provided
Preview: Jersey Boys at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Jersey Boys at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Olivier Award-winning, original Broadway sensation, Jersey Boys, which is playing at the Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 16 July 2022.  They were just four guys from Jersey who had a sound nobody had ever heard of,
Preview: Let’s Rock Southampton: The Retro Festival at Southampton Common, Southampton

Preview: Let’s Rock Southampton: The Retro Festival at Southampton Common, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Top Gun is showing in the cinemas, Kate Bush is number one in the music charts with Running Up That Hill and Southampton is set return to the ‘80s when Let’s Rock: The Retro Festival comes to Southampton Common on Saturday 9th July.  Thousands of revellers will descend on the city to
Preview: Bat Out of Hell at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Bat Out of Hell at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The award-winning Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, featuring Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, will burst onto the stage of the Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July 2022. Bat Out of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years
Dinosaurs are set to roam in Southampton this summer

Dinosaurs are set to roam in Southampton this summer

IT has been 65 million years since dinosaurs last roamed the earth, but Royal Victoria Country Park in Southampton will see T-rex,  Velociraptors, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyls roaming through its parkland once more as 2022’s most ‘roarsome’ experience comes to town.  Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods  are set to resurface in parks in  London, Buxton, Edinburgh,
Still-Moving DJs – Family festival at The Brook this weekend

Still-Moving DJs – Family festival at The Brook this weekend

Southampton’s Still Moving DJs and The Uplifter are hosting their very own all-day festival at the Brook this Saturday, the 26th June, with a programme for all the family. In the afternoon there is family friendly fun, with Hand to Mouth Theatre, vintage games, face-painting and dinosaurs – outside if the weather is fine. And
NHS campaign group meeting to discuss crisis in midwifery

NHS campaign group meeting to discuss crisis in midwifery

Campaign group Southampton Keep Our NHS Public will be holding an online public meeting, entitled Call The Midwife, on Monday, June 27. The Zoom event, to be held oat 7pm, will feature recently retired midwife Jane Well, who will be talking about the crisis in the NHS midwifery service. Jane was involved in the March
Preview: Rock of Ages at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Rock of Ages at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The smash-hit musical, Rock of Ages, is back and the party is going to be bigger than ever when it takes to the Mayflower Theatre stage from 24 to  25 June 2022.   Leave it all behind and lose yourself in a city, and a time, where the dreams are as big as
Giant Sky, Last Seen Alive and March at Southampton’s Heartbreakers this weekend

Giant Sky, Last Seen Alive and March at Southampton’s Heartbreakers this weekend

Giant Sky, Last Seen Alive and March! will be coming to Heartbreakers, Southampton this weekend as part of a mini tour. Rock band Giant Sky come from Bristol and London and are made up of Jay on guitar, Jon on bass, Toby on drums and Olivia on vocals. The band particularly wanted to come to
Preview: Singin’ in the Rain at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Singin’ in the Rain at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Singin’ in the Rain will take you on a journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20s, when it comes to the Mayflower Theatre from 14 to 18 June. Silent movie star, Don Lockwood, has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most
Preview: The Wellspring, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: The Wellspring, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. A professor at the University of Southampton, and his son, bring their autobiographical exploration into their own relationship, The Wellspring, to MAST Mayflower Studios from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 May. Professor David Owen Norris, internationally acclaimed pianist and broadcaster, and award-winning Salisbury playwright, Barney Norris, examine the age-old story of a
Preview: Tits, Gits and Little Sh*ts at Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Tits, Gits and Little Sh*ts at Theatre Royal Winchester

Best-selling author Gill Sims takes a hilarious look at parenting with Tits, Gits and Little Sh*ts at Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 28th May. The creator of the hugely successful parenting blog, Peter and Jane, and writer of the Why Mummy series (Why Mummy Drinks, Why Mummy Swears, Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A Sh*t, Why
Preview: Waitress at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Waitress at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Star of British pop band, Busted, Matt Willis is set to play Dr Pomatter in the smash hit musical comedy, Waitress, which comes to Mayflower Theatre from 24 to 28 May. Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives
Preview: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Michelle Collins, star of EastEnders, Coronation Street and 2000 Acres of Sky, is to star as the iconic Miss Scarlett in the new play Cluedo – which comes to Mayflower Theatre from 17to 21 May. When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Mrs White and Colonel Mustard arrive at a
New cycling event, Hendy Foundation Bike Ride, coming to Hampshire

New cycling event, Hendy Foundation Bike Ride, coming to Hampshire

Olympic cycling champion Dani Rowe is supporting a new event at Thruxton in Hampshire this year with the launch of the Hendy Foundation Bike Ride. Dani says the Hendy Foundation Bike Ride on Saturday July 23rd will offer the families and keen cyclists the perfect opportunity for a summer ride – away from the roads.
Preview: The Da Vinci Code at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Da Vinci Code at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Epic stage thriller The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel that captivated the world – arrives at Mayflower Theatre from 26 to 30 April. Based on the best-selling novel of this century, with over 100 million copies sold, the world premiere stage adaptation of The Da Vinci Code will unlock
Preview: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. One of the world’s most beloved family musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will grace the stage of the Mayflower Theatre, from April 19 to 23. Told entirely through song, with the help of the Narrator, the show follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, and his eleven brothers.  After
Ukrainian refugees helped to settle in Southampton with community effort

Ukrainian refugees helped to settle in Southampton with community effort

by Sally Churchward. A group of Southampton residents are pulling together to help get Ukrainian refugees settled and established in the city. Melanie Tudjaroglu and her friend Kasia Davenport have been amongst those volunteering at the city’s Polish Club to help sort and pack donations for Ukrainian refugees.  With everyone busy getting the floods of
Organisers are set for first LGBTQ+ Party in the Park in Southampton

Organisers are set for first LGBTQ+ Party in the Park in Southampton

Organisers of the first ever LGBTQ+ Party In The Park event have arranged a full two day family friendly festival  programme taking place on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June.  It promises to be a packed two day programme with diversity at its heart, but the difference is that it is non-commercially  funded, leaving the organisers
Preview: Florence: The Lesser Known Life and Legacy of Florence Nightingale, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Florence: The Lesser Known Life and Legacy of Florence Nightingale, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Songwriter and performer, Louise Jordan, brings her solo production Florence: The Lesser Known Life and Legacy of Florence Nightingale to MAST Mayflower Studios tomorrow (12 April). Through song and storytelling, Louise puts the myth of the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ under the spotlight and explores Florence Nightingale’s work as a pioneering statistician
Preview: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Carole King – the Musical, a brand new tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning show, co-produced by Mayflower Theatre, comes to Southampton from April 12 – 16. Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent – Beautiful tells the
In Common needs you – can you help?

In Common needs you – can you help?

In Common was set up to celebrate and enhance community and culture in and around Southampton and provide a platform for people whose voices often go unheard in more mainstream platforms. It was founded  around two and a half years ago, with the help of generous donations, which helped cover the cost of website development
Preview: Unwell Women talk explores women’s historical and contemporary experiences of medicine

Preview: Unwell Women talk explores women’s historical and contemporary experiences of medicine

In Unwell Women, the latest talk brought to The Railway Inn, Winchester, by Wire Wool, Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women, reflects on the experiences of medical dismissal that inspired her to look to history for answers. As she combed through textbooks, case studies and clinical writings across centuries of medicine’s history, Elinor discovered countless unwell
Preview: Cutting a Fine Line: The Art of Printmaking at God’s House Tower, Southampton

Preview: Cutting a Fine Line: The Art of Printmaking at God’s House Tower, Southampton

In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Cowprint  are inviting visitors to Southampton’s God’s House Tower to explore the exciting diversity of modern printmaking at their upcoming exhibition ‘Cutting a Fine Line: The Art of Printmaking’. Printmaking, as an artform, truly spans the ages – from humans using their hands to leave impressions on cave walls

Win tickets to see Max & Harvey at The Engine Rooms, Southampton

X Factor Celebrity finalists Max & Harvey return with their new single No Way, out soon and a UK tour – This is Not A Phase, which comes to The Engine Rooms, Southampton, on April 14th. Kickstarting the year with  Single Girlfriend and now No Way, Max & Harvey are excited to be taking these
Preview: The Ducks at Heartbreakers, Southampton

Preview: The Ducks at Heartbreakers, Southampton

Describing themselves as a “multicoloured ‘sh*t-disco’ extravaganza”, three indie bands bring their Get Naked and Roll Around in the Dirt tour to Heartbreakers, Southampton on April 13. The tour feature three bands in a joint headline tour: The Ducks, Petrol Hoers and Petrol B***ard. The bands are sharing headline duty, so may play in any
Plea for more counsellors in Southampton as mental health referrals soar

Plea for more counsellors in Southampton as mental health referrals soar

A Southampton wellbeing charity has put out an urgent plea this month to find 30 Associate Therapists and Practitioners to meet demand for counsellors post-pandemic as mental health referrals soar. Options Wellbeing Trust, which provides people with professional support covering many life issues, says recently released 2021 data shows mental health services in England received
Protesters demonstrating against P&O in Southampton tomorrow

Protesters demonstrating against P&O in Southampton tomorrow

A protest is being held in Southampton tomorrow (March 26) against P&O ferries, following their mass sacking of 800 workers and replacement by staff being paid less than the minimum wage. An organiser of the demonstration said: “These workers are organised by the RMT Union and Nautilus International, we are standing in Solidarity with those
Climate strikers to take to Southampton’s streets tomorrow

Climate strikers to take to Southampton’s streets tomorrow

Tomorrow will see climate strikers bring their protest to Southampton as they aim to raise awareness about the damage caused by fossil fuels. On Friday ( 25 March), local school and university students are taking part in the latest of Fridays For Future’s global climate strikes, begun by Greta Thunberg, to demand that world leaders
Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s treats returns to the Mayflower Theatre for the first time in nine years, from March 30 until April 3, and it’s a Nutcracker!  With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey, from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage through a
Opinion: We need to stand together for the people of Ukraine

Opinion: We need to stand together for the people of Ukraine

by Jonathan Mitchell. The way the British government has responded to the Ukrainian refugee crisis has been nothing short of a moral failure. After two weeks of intense and brutal fighting and indiscriminate violent from the Russian forces, as of 16 March only 6,100 refugees have been issued visas (1). This is despite the fact
Southampton down to the final four to be UK City of Culture 2025

Southampton down to the final four to be UK City of Culture 2025

Late last night (March 18), it was announced that Southampton has been shortlisted to the final four as a candidate for the title of UK City of Culture 2025. On the shortlist are: Bradford, Durham, Southampton and Wrexham. The winner of the title will be announced in May 2022.  The final four were whittled down
Art installation at Southampton gateway will ask challenging question

Art installation at Southampton gateway will ask challenging question

A new public artwork commissioned by Southampton arts organisation ‘a space’ arts is soon to be displayed on one of the city’s main gateways, following a public vote. In February, ‘a space’ arts released an open call inviting artists to submit their ideas for a new banner commission to be installed at the rear of
Student art exhibition seeks to make connections in Southampton

Student art exhibition seeks to make connections in Southampton

A new exhibition of artworks created by Fine Art students from Solent University comes to Southampton’s Guildhall Square next month. The exhibition, entitled ‘Connections’, will be exhibited in repurposed shipping  containers, and runs from April 2 to 6.  Each student will be interpreting the theme of ‘Connections’ in their own way, through a range of
Preview: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. With humour, heart and countless timeless classics all performed live on stage, the Olivier Award-Winning comedy-drama from Jim Cartwright, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, is set to open at MAST Mayflower Studios from 23 to 26 March. Directed by Bronagh Lagan, this bittersweet comedy features music from the greatest divas
Southampton artist paints charity  bakery mural to thank crowdfunders

Southampton artist paints charity bakery mural to thank crowdfunders

Artist Donna Mcghie from Southampton has lent her talents to a community bakery in the city by painting a mural to thank those who donated more than £100 to its Crowdfunding appeal last year (2021). The artwork now on the wall at CommuniBakes on St James Road in Shirley, which is the commercial arm of
Seed Swap returns to Southampton this weekend

Seed Swap returns to Southampton this weekend

The annual Southampton Seed Swap return to The Art House on Sunday (March 13). The idea behind the event is to encourage people to grow more of their own, hopefully save some pennies and to nurture varieties of food crops that grow well in local conditions.  Attendees can either bring their own seeds (which should
Preview: Sheila’s Island, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Sheila’s Island, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Sheila’s Island – a sparkling, sharp-witted comedy from writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, and The Band) – will be coming to MAST Mayflower Studios from 15 to 19 March.  It’s Bonfire night 2019, and Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual team-building weekend. Somehow, Marketing Manager
Preview: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Ship, God’s House Tower

Preview: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Ship, God’s House Tower

Southampton arts and heritage venue God’s House Tower (GHT) will launch a unique new exhibition in March from award-winning composer and sound artist, Emily Peasgood, featuring music created especially for the show. When I Grow up I Want to Be a Ship is a new, site-specific exhibition which explores and celebrates Southampton’s complex and enduring
Preview: Les Misérables at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Les Misérables at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. World renowned smash hit musical, Les Misérables, returns to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton for a three week run next month, from March 8 to 26. Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production, first conceived in 2009 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.
Can you help bring People’s Pride to Southampton this summer?

Can you help bring People’s Pride to Southampton this summer?

People’s Pride Southampton is on a mission to raise £3,000 to help the charity hold a new Pride event in Southampton this summer. The charity has been building up to the event, to be held at Palmerston Park on June 11 and 12, for three years, and has already raised £12,000, without corporate sponsorship, and
NHS National Emergency Day of Action to be held in Southampton

NHS National Emergency Day of Action to be held in Southampton

An NHS National Emergency Day of Action is being held next Saturday (February 26). In Southampton, the event, organised by Southampton Action, will see protesters assemble at The Bargate at 1.30pm, before marching through Above Bar, returning to The Bargate for a rally at 2.30pm. The protesters demands are emergency funding of £20 billion to
Preview: The Book of Mormon at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Book of Mormon at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Nine-time Tony Award and four-time Olivier Award smash hit musical, The Book of Mormon, begins its three-week run at Mayflower Theatre this week, from  today, 16 February to 5 March.  This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair
Greenpeace Southampton ‘Show the Love’ in the city

Greenpeace Southampton ‘Show the Love’ in the city

On Saturday (12 February) Greenpeace Southampton Group created a giant heart in Southampton, outside the old walls and in Houndwell Park. The hears was part of the Climate Coalition’s annual Show the Love campaign, which shows what people love and don’t want to lose to climate change. The group collected sticks from their gardens and
Preview: Par for the Course by New Apollo Theatre Company

Preview: Par for the Course by New Apollo Theatre Company

  Golfing gags take centre stage in Hampshire this month, with New Apollo Theatre Company presenting Peter Gordon’s comedy, Par for the Course, at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea. New Apollo Theatre Company was founded as Portsmouth’s own Fringe theatre group, performing mainly in pubs and small spaces.  They took Looby Loo – No Strings
You can help save independent, ethical shopping in Southampton

You can help save independent, ethical shopping in Southampton

by Sally Churchward. It is one of Southampton’s best-loved independent shops, drawing in people from a wide area, thanks to its affordable, ethical stance. But now vegan supermarket Rice Up has fallen on hard times, with only days to save it from possibly having to close its doors for good. The shop strives to serve
Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s promises an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy when it brings its world premiere of Don Quixote to the stage at Mayflower Theatre, from 10 – 12 February.  As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend
9 out of 10 carers feel ignored by government, finds charity survey

9 out of 10 carers feel ignored by government, finds charity survey

More than 90 percent of adult unpaid carers feel ignored by the Government, according to a new survey, published today (February 9). The survey, carried out by charity Carers Trust, also reveals unpaid family carers experiencing acute financial hardship as a result of their caring role Some of the striking findings include:  91% of unpaid
Preview: Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. With a show that has been delighting audiences around the world for nearly three decades, Buddy Holly and the Cricketers will be appearing at MAST Mayflower Studios on Friday, 11 February. Starring some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK, including Jason Shaw as Buddy – who was notably called ‘Buddy Brilliant’ by Graham Norton,
Preview: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The National Theatre’s smash hit production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre from January 25 to 29. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, 15-year-old Christopher embarks on a journey that upturns his world. He has an extraordinary brain. He is
Pianist Luka Okros: Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Turner Sims

Pianist Luka Okros: Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Turner Sims

You can hear a selection of beautiful works played by London-based Georgian pianist Luka Okros, when he returns to Turner Sims, Southampton, next month. Fantasy and imagination will permeate the evening’s musical selection, an ideal showcase for his remarkable musicality. Okros has established himself as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. He
From eco-homes to small acts of kindness, October Books has a packed schedule of January events

From eco-homes to small acts of kindness, October Books has a packed schedule of January events

Southampton’s independent radical bookshop, October Books, has started the new year with a packed schedule of events. Things get underway on Monday, January 17, with ‘conversation: chat to an eco-home owner.’ Held in the shop from 7pm, the event is part of Big Energy Saving Week. Join the conversation about what you can do in
Community film project launched on the streets of Southampton

Community film project launched on the streets of Southampton

A community research project has launched this month aiming to tell the stories embedded in the culture of Southampton’s streets and neighbourhoods through films made from residents’ perspectives. We Make Southampton (WMS) CIC is launching its ‘Is this street made for me?’ initiative with the Future Cities Community Hub at the University of Southampton Public
Southampton social care workers being offered free counselling in response to pandemic

Southampton social care workers being offered free counselling in response to pandemic

Southampton’s frontline care workers are being offered free counselling support by a charity this winter to help them through the ongoing pandemic especially with the emergence of Omicron.  Options Wellbeing Trust, part of the not-for-profit enterprise Social Care in Action (SCiA), wishes to help those whose mental health and wellbeing has been adversely affected by
Southampton residents say more support needed to boost mental health

Southampton residents say more support needed to boost mental health

Five hundred Southampton residents have responded to the first phase of research commissioned to find out what people think is required to make Southampton a more mental health friendly city. The survey by Southampton Mental Health Network was focused on what is needed to improve the city’s mental health friendliness and the initial results have
Getting Wolk with Grant Sharkey

Getting Wolk with Grant Sharkey

by Charlie Hislop. It’s Christmas time, and on Saturday (December 11) Southampton’s own travelling Santa is dropping into the Cricketers on Bedford Place bearing gifts. Well, not exactly Santa themself – but Grant Sharkey. And the gifts? – a whole set of topical tunes, some great laughs, and this season’s new album Wolk Music. Now
Communibakes charity project in Southampton: eat cake – tackle loneliness!

Communibakes charity project in Southampton: eat cake – tackle loneliness!

Eat cake – tackle loneliness. What is not to like ? Last month saw the launch of a project in Southampton to do just that. Communibakes is a baker’s shop and community hub in Shirley set up by a local charity. The profits from the bakery and shop will be channeled into much-needed work to
Preview: Christmas at the theatre: Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Christmas at the theatre: Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Southampton has Christmas all wrapped up this year, with theatre shows designed to entertain all the family – from babies to the grandparents! Second Star to the Right – a 45 minute show made especially for young children and babies at MAST Mayflower Studios – is an enchanting theatrical experience that’s filled
SO: Let’s talk about music

SO: Let’s talk about music

On Tuesday 30th November, everyone involved in the music community in Southampton is being invited to take part in SO: Let’s talk about music, organised by Southampton Festivals at the SPARK Building, Solent University. The FREE event is to bring together all types of musicians, DJ’s, producers, promotors, venues and others to talk about building
Knit the Walls – making a woolen wall and connections with Southampton and its people, past and present

Knit the Walls – making a woolen wall and connections with Southampton and its people, past and present

‘Knit the Walls’ emerged from the realisation that while Southampton’s medieval walls have witnessed the everyday lives of millions of the city’s residents over hundreds of years, the stories we hear of the city’s past are the big events, those of national and international importance. But we each live our own day to day existence,
Preview: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The smash hit Leeds Playhouse production of C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, will come to Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from November 23-27 as part of a its UK tour. Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia and join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they
New exhibition at God’s House Tower showcases the city’s diverse artistic talent

New exhibition at God’s House Tower showcases the city’s diverse artistic talent

An exciting exhibition of new works by a group of Southampton-based artists has opened at the city’s God’s House Tower (GHT), running until Sunday 7th November. The exhibiting artists were recipients of a new, experimental grant programme launched by ‘a space’ arts in January this year. The ‘ scheme gave £500 to nine artists in
Airport runway challenge: It’s not over ‘til it’s over !

Airport runway challenge: It’s not over ‘til it’s over !

The hopes of objectors to Southampton Airport runway extension were initially dashed by misleading news reports that the legal hearing they sought would not go ahead. It was a bitter blow for the hundreds of people who had contributed to the crowdfunding effort. But the media had it wrong. GOESA Ltd, who made the judicial
Preview: Magic Goes Wrong at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Magic Goes Wrong at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins.  Created with magic legends Penn & Teller, Magic Goes Wrong is filled with grand illusion, breath-taking tricks and typical Mischief comedy that will tickle your funny bones and fill you with wonder as it takes to the Mayflower Theatre from October 26 to 30. Mischief’s biggest and most daring comedy catastrophe to
Southampton longlisted in City of Culture 2025 bid

Southampton longlisted in City of Culture 2025 bid

The Southampton UK City of Culture bid team has announced that  have secured our place as one of the eight longlisted locations to become UK City of Culture 2025. The city has worked hard over the past two years to understand and consult across communities, residents, businesses and organisations to develop a bid that is
Celebrating Black History Month in Southampton

Celebrating Black History Month in Southampton

October is Black History Month, with a host of events being held in Southampton, celebrating the influence and contributions made by the Black community over the years. The city formally recognised Black History Month 15 years ago – through the work of founding members, Don John and Jayanti Shah. It is now established as one
Opinion: Providing a treasure map – why I’m backing Southampton’s bid to be City of Culture 2025

Opinion: Providing a treasure map – why I’m backing Southampton’s bid to be City of Culture 2025

by Sally Churchward, founding editor of In Common I am proud to have been invited to be one of the ambassadors of Southampton’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. I firmly believe that the city deserves to be selected for the accolade – here’s why. I came to Southampton from Southampton to go
International Brigade Memorial Trust’s AGM to be held in Southampton, remembering those fought fascism in Spain

International Brigade Memorial Trust’s AGM to be held in Southampton, remembering those fought fascism in Spain

The 2021 AGM of the International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT) is being held in Southampton over the weekend 8th-10th October 2021. The AGM is a chance to remember the bravery of the men and women from Southampton and across Hampshire who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain as part of the International Brigades.  During the
Preview: Music in the City 2021, Southampton

Preview: Music in the City 2021, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Southampton is set to come alive this weekend as Music in the City returns to the streets, celebrating the incredible and diverse musical talent of over 1000 musicians across more than 20 local venues.  The two-day event, which takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October, has something to appeal to
Group seeking community-based solutions to environmental crisis, Transition Southampton, holding AGM

Group seeking community-based solutions to environmental crisis, Transition Southampton, holding AGM

Transition Southampton’s annual general meeting offers a chance to meet local activists and campaigners undertaking activities in Southampton to help to save our planet. On 30th of September, Transition Southampton will be holding their AGM. This year there will be eight activists and campaigners to speak to who are undertaking activities in Southampton to help create
Preview: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. With more glitz and glamour than ever before, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is back on tour, featuring spectacular dance routines, a dazzling array of eye-popping costumes and all the glitter you can imagine. The musical show, produced for the first time by Jason Donovan, has a scintillating, sing-a-long soundtrack full of
Greenpeace environmental activists collect messages of hopes for a greener future in Southampton

Greenpeace environmental activists collect messages of hopes for a greener future in Southampton

Yesterday (September 26), volunteers from Greenpeace Southampton Group hosted an event as part of Great Big Green Week (18th – 26th September) at East Park, Southampton. More than 2000 events will be held across the UK as part of Great Big Green Week, calling for the UK Government to lead global ambition for climate action
Online events from Southampton Keep Our NHS Public

Online events from Southampton Keep Our NHS Public

Pressure group Southampton Keep Our NHS Public is holding online events in September and October in support of their ongoing campaign to protect the NHS. On Tuesday, September 28 and Tuesday, October 26, the group will be holding Zoom event, featuring local NHS-themed short films, as well as a question and answer session with a
Southampton artists at Arches Studios opening to the public this weekend

Southampton artists at Arches Studios opening to the public this weekend

A group of Southampton-based artists will be throwing open the doors to their studios this weekend and inviting the public to explore their creative space, get involved in a packed programme of activities, and experience some of the work that has been made over the last year. Arches Open Studios 2021 is a free event
Manuscript found in a trunk revealed father’s Isle of Wight childhood

Manuscript found in a trunk revealed father’s Isle of Wight childhood

Imagine you clear out your mother’s garage and in an old rusty trunk, you find a 60-year-old manuscript. As you begin to read it, you realise it’s a story written by your father about his exciting childhood on the Isle of Wight. This is what happened to Charles Lansley in 2013. He was so fascinated
Southampton author fundraising for printing of Basque children’s refugee camp novel

Southampton author fundraising for printing of Basque children’s refugee camp novel

Southampton author Jan Carr, has launched a Kickstarter project to print 1000 paperback copies of The Wonder Girls Resist. The Basque Children’s camp, at North Stoneham, was where Southampton welcomed and cared for nearly 4,000 child refugees of the Spanish Civil war. It is the backdrop for the novel, set in 1937, just before the
Preview: Come What May, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Come What May, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. A tribute to the greatest movie musicals of all time including Moulin Rouge, Rocketman, Burlesque, A Star is Born and The Greatest Showman – Come What May – will be at the Mayflower Theatre on Sunday September 26, for one night only. Travel back in time as the children of the revolution
Last chance for Southampton’s over 60s to have their say on city services and activities

Last chance for Southampton’s over 60s to have their say on city services and activities

Southampton’s over 60s population have until September 17 to have their say on what services and activities they would like to see in the city in the future. Southampton City Council has tasked Southampton Living Well (SLW), a partnership between the charities Social Care in Action (SCiA) and Age UK Southampton (AUKS), to ask those
Southampton amongst 20 competing for 2025 City of Culture

Southampton amongst 20 competing for 2025 City of Culture

 It has been announced that Southampton is on the list of twenty places bidding to be the UK City of Culture for 2025. The competition is organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) every four years. Those behind Southampton’s 2025 bid have been working hard to meet the brief of proving
Group opposed to Southampton Airport expansion raised £60k towards judicial review

Group opposed to Southampton Airport expansion raised £60k towards judicial review

The consortium fighting the proposed runway extension at Southampton Airport has raised more than £60,000 towards the cost of pursuing a judicial review into Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to give it the go-ahead. GOESA, which was set up by opponents of the expansion plans, has received donations from more than 400 people, and is well
Wire Wool Events are back in Southampton with Rosie Wilby’s Breakup Monologues

Wire Wool Events are back in Southampton with Rosie Wilby’s Breakup Monologues

After an extended break due to the covid 19 pandemic, Wire Wool Events returns, with an event in Southampton, bringing Rosie Wilby to the Bookshop Alehouse in Southampton.  She will be bringing humour and understanding to the table  at the event on Wednesday, September 29, in her inclusive deep-dive into relationship woes. Whether you’re in
Southampton Pride: Photos

Southampton Pride: Photos

People came together in Southampton in their thousands on Saturday, to celebrate the city’s LGBT+ community and stand against prejudice and bigotry. The event featured a parade, live performances, stalls and more in a colourful carnival with a political message that’s as important as ever, to stamp out hatred. It was a day of joy
Pride returns to Southampton this weekend

Pride returns to Southampton this weekend

Southampton Pride returns to Guildhall Square on Saturday (August 28). Featuring live music, entertainment, a market and more, the event is a celebration of the city’s LGBT+ community. This year’s event features a new parade route. The parade will leave Queen’s Park at 11am, heading onto Brinton Street. It will then head up the High
Preview: Blood Brothers at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Blood Brothers at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Bill Kenwright‘s legendary production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers returns to the stage of the Mayflower Theatre from September 7-11 2021. The much-loved musical, which performed to sell-out houses and standing ovations on its most recent UK tour in 2019-2020, features Lyn Paul’s farewell tour in the iconic role
Southampton Action hosting urgent meeting to help Afghan and other refugees

Southampton Action hosting urgent meeting to help Afghan and other refugees

Southampton Action works to support refugees and asylum seekers in Southampton and surrounding areas, by providing practical support. With the recent news about Afghanistan and the City Council announcing they are happy to resettle refugees in the city, the organisation has been receiving lots of enquiries about volunteering with them and donating items for people
Controversy as Southampton city centre meadows cut

Controversy as Southampton city centre meadows cut

by Sally Churchward. Southampton residents have taken to social media to express their horror at the meadows outside the city’s Civic Centre being cut. The sight of the much loved meadows being cut to the ground provoked outcry amongst those who feared a much-loved area of urban wildlife was being destroyed. However, the council’s Green
Southampton’s first Sapphic Cafe takes place tonight

Southampton’s first Sapphic Cafe takes place tonight

by Sally Churchward. Southampton’s Sapphic Cafe launches tonight, with it’s first ever event. Sapphic Cafe is a social group specifically for people who identify as sapphic. The aim of the group is to provide a a dry (non alcoholic) space modelled loosely on lesbian cafe culture where people are safe to express themselves and share
Southampton band Delays trending on Twitter with help from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess

Southampton band Delays trending on Twitter with help from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess

by Sally Churchward. Last night (August 10), Southampton band Delays were (rightfully) ahead of gossip about TV stars Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Twitter polls, thanks to Tim Burgess’ Listening Party. Users of the micro blogging site listened along with Aaron Gilbert and Colin Fox of Delays to the band’s 2006 second album, You
Electric bike tours launch in Southampton

Electric bike tours launch in Southampton

Electric guided bike tours have been launched in Southampton, bringing an alternative outdoor activity to the city. The initiative has been launched by Made in:Here and See Southampton, in a first for Southampton. A group, of up to 16, will be provided with electric bikes, sanitised helmets, insurance, and map of the route. It will be
Author talks, children’s storytelling and group discussions at October Books

Author talks, children’s storytelling and group discussions at October Books

Independent bookshop October Books in Portswood, Southampton, continues its programme of events, both in shop and online, this month. The programme for August gets underway tomorrow evening (Thursday 5th) with a livestream with James Dyke, author of Fire, Storm and Flood: the violence of climate change. Register via Eventbrite to join Dr James Dyke via
Pop up garden hits Portswood high street to highlight Climate and Ecological Emergencies Bill

Pop up garden hits Portswood high street to highlight Climate and Ecological Emergencies Bill

Last week (23rd July) Portswood-based activist and volunteer Phine Dahle hosted a tea party with a green agenda, and a pop-up garden to bring nature into Portswood high street. Invitees Alan Whitehead, Shadow Member for Energy and the Green New Deal, and Councillors Satvir Kaur and Gordon Cooper joined her to support the event, held
NHS online film screening

NHS online film screening

Following a successful film night earlier this month, Southampton Keep Our NHS Public is showing two more short films by TV Production students from Solent University, featuring staff and patients from Southampton. Being screen online tomorrow ( 19 July) are “Blood Donor Services”  and  “Windrush” the story of Beverley Dowdell who travelled from Jamaica as
Residents urged to avoid bonfires to reduce air pollution

Residents urged to avoid bonfires to reduce air pollution

Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, New Forest District Council and Winchester City Council are working in partnership with local environmental charity the Environment Centre (tEC) to support residents in avoiding air pollution from household burning and improving air quality for their health, their community and the environment.  While the winter campaign focuses on burning
Celebrating and protecting the NHS

Celebrating and protecting the NHS

Three events are planned for Southampton next month (July) to celebrate and help protect the NHS by campaign group Southampton Keep our NHS Public. First, an NHS Birthday Event is being held on Saturday, July 3. Focusing on patient safety, pay justice and an end to privatisation, the event will run from noon to 1.30pm
God’s House Tower to reopen to the public next month

God’s House Tower to reopen to the public next month

  ‘a space’ arts and God’s House Tower have announced that God’s House Tower will reopen to the public on July 9th. This is a huge moment for Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, which had to temporarily close just six months after opening, and after a seven year, £3.1million refurbishment project. Now the team
Terry Waite to attend Hampshire wellbeing expert’s book launch online tonight

Terry Waite to attend Hampshire wellbeing expert’s book launch online tonight

Hampshire author, Positive Psychology Practitioner and Ambassador of Wellbeing, Cheryl Rickman, introduces her new book, Navigating Loneliness: How to connect with yourself and others on Wednesday 26th May at 7pm. The book, which is published the following day on 27th May, has a foreword by Terry Waite CBE (who as a hostage endured the extraordinary hardship of five years in
Southampton community charity appeals for more volunteers

Southampton community charity appeals for more volunteers

A Southampton charity that was praised by the Department of Health and Social Care for its work at the city’s Covid-19 vaccination centres is urgently appealing for more volunteers. Communicare is looking for people to donate their time during the next stage of immunisations to provide support to people in waiting areas and get them
Anti-war demonstration to be held in Hampshire this weekend

Anti-war demonstration to be held in Hampshire this weekend

An anti-war demonstration is set to take place at Portsmouth Harbour on May 23, to protest against £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth. The warship is capable of carrying 40 aircraft and will be carrying eight RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F35B Lightning II jets to the Asia-Pacific region. The HMS Queen Elizabeth replaces HMS Ocean
Turner Prize winner to speak to Southampton audience

Turner Prize winner to speak to Southampton audience

A Space arts and God’s House Tower has announced a new programme of events for Black and non-Black artists of colour in Southampton. The events will take place as part of Futures Forum, a professional networking and support initiative set up by the team at God’s House Tower, a new arts and heritage venue in
LGBTQ+ community event to run at God’s House Tower, Southampton

LGBTQ+ community event to run at God’s House Tower, Southampton

A new festival for the LGBTQ+ community together is set to go ahead in Southampton next month. Write It Out will take place on May 16 and 15, as part of God’s House Tower’s 2021 programme. Curated in collaboration with Reconnecting Rainbows – a Southampton-based LGBTQ+ network – the festival will bring together local poets
Southampton protest over bus driver’s sacking

Southampton protest over bus driver’s sacking

Demonstrators will be in Southampton on Monday (April 12) to protest against the sacking of Declan Clune, a bus driver and activist, by Bluestar bus company. The demonstration, which is set to take place from 9am to 11am at the Bargate in Southampton centre, is being organised by the RMT Union. Protesters will be socially
Southampton’s Kill the Bill demonstration against legislation restricting the right protest

Southampton’s Kill the Bill demonstration against legislation restricting the right protest

by Sally Churchward. Protesters will be gathering in Southampton city centre on Friday (April 2) to protest against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The Kill the Bill protest, which is part of nation-wide action, will be held at Guildhall Square from 5.30pm. It follows events elsewhere, including the Clapham Common vigil for
‘Cavalcade’ protest by anti-austerity group in Southampton this weekend

‘Cavalcade’ protest by anti-austerity group in Southampton this weekend

by Sally Churchward. Protesters will be taking to the streets of Southampton on Saturday (April 3) for a ‘Covid-Compliant Cavalcade’ organised by anti-austerity campaign group Southampton People’s Assembly, with a view to promote ‘fairer, kinder politics’.   The Cavalcade procession will weave through the streets of Southampton in what organisers describe as “a vibrant display
Could you help to support In Common?

Could you help to support In Common?

by Sally Churchward. In Common is a grass roots community news and features platform. It was set up around a year and a half ago, thanks to generous donations to pay towards the website development and hosting and people from in and around Southampton giving their time for free to write, photograph for and edit the
How can Southampton become a Mental Health Friendly City?

How can Southampton become a Mental Health Friendly City?

People who live, work or run businesses in Southampton are being asked to express their views on how it can become a Mental Health Friendly City. Southampton Mental Health Network is asking residents to complete its survey to discover what they think a Mental Health Friendly City looks like and what it would mean to
Southampton to mark UN Anti-Racism Day with online event 

Southampton to mark UN Anti-Racism Day with online event 

This weekend, Southampton Stand Up To Racism is marking the United Nations International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination with an online event featuring music, poetry, dance and guest speakers. The event, on Saturday March 20, at 3pm, will showcase young people performing music, dance and reading poetry they have prepared especially for the
Online screening of Naomi Klein film This Changes Everything and discussion

Online screening of Naomi Klein film This Changes Everything and discussion

Southampton Global Justice Youth is running a free online film screening of This Changes Everything, a film by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein. The event will be held on Saturday, March 20, and is aimed at people aged under 30. This Changes Everything presents portraits of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis,
Campaign launched for single parent equality after research shows lockdown discriminatory

Campaign launched for single parent equality after research shows lockdown discriminatory

As children return to school this week, Ministers are facing calls to make being a single parent a protected characteristic under the Equality Act after a survey shows the pandemic restrictions heightened single parents’ experience of discrimination.  In the UK today, a quarter of families are headed by a single parent. Despite this, single parents
Swimmer gets a surprise when a seal joins him off Hampshire coast

Swimmer gets a surprise when a seal joins him off Hampshire coast

by Sally Churchward. A keen swimmer from Hampshire found a new friend when taking a chilly dip at Lepe in the New Forest yesterday, when he was joined by a seal. Chris Balcombe has taken to wild swimming on a daily basis since the first lockdown but this is the first time he has found
Your artwork could help raise funds for charity

Your artwork could help raise funds for charity

Could your artwork help your favourite good cause? Adults and children are being invited to create a poster representing what charity means to them, which will them be auctioned to raise money charity or community interest company (CIC). The artwork could be about charity in general or the organisation they want to support from those
Southampton’s black residents “depressed, sad, and misunderstood” by local news coverage

Southampton’s black residents “depressed, sad, and misunderstood” by local news coverage

A black British journalist is tackling her local media’s negative coverage of black people head-on by giving black people in her city the skills to tell their own stories. Broadcast journalist turned social entrepreneur, Veronica Gordon (pictured), set up Our Version Media CIC after becoming increasingly frustrated with, and seeing the harm that, negative and
Southampton volunteers helping vulnerable get Covid 19 vaccinations.

Southampton volunteers helping vulnerable get Covid 19 vaccinations.

Volunteers at a Southampton charity recently donated their time to help vulnerable members of the community get their Covid19 vaccinations. The individuals from Communicare’s Communiteer programme provided support to people in waiting areas and getting them to and from their cars during immunisation sessions across six centres. Annie Clewlow, Communicare Manager, explained: “We are so proud
Local authors launch new book of Southampton’s stories

Local authors launch new book of Southampton’s stories

A beautiful new, full-colour illustrated book showcasing artwork, embroidery and stories by people in Southampton about Southampton is being launched today. Because Every Journey is a Story: Art and Writing from the Port of Southampton, will launch on Zoom this evening (December 10, 2020) from 6.30 – 7.30pm.  Funded by Arts Council England, and supported
First union for disabled people launches, renewing fight for equality

First union for disabled people launches, renewing fight for equality

The Disability Union has launched, in order to build power and a national voice for disabled people powerful enough to influence policy; whilst also helping people with their day-to-day disability struggles.  The date of this launch is significant as last month marked the 25th anniversary the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. The Disability Union aims to help kick-start and
Southampton Foodbank – Christmas Appeal

Southampton Foodbank – Christmas Appeal

by Joe Dukes, Chairperson – Southampton People’s Assembly.   Volunteers working at Southampton City Mission know all too well that Christmas is a time for giving. Foodbank distribution centres are providing unprecedented amounts of food parcels across the city – and demand continues to rise over the festive period. Southampton Unite Community and People’s Assembly
Children’s book aims to boost self-esteem and highlight what we have in common

Children’s book aims to boost self-esteem and highlight what we have in common

By Charlie Hislop and Sarah Phoenix. ‘Where are we going?’ is the most gorgeous children’s book by Southampton’s self-esteem champion Vie Portland!  It’s all about imagination and adventure, which all of us love… It just happens that the main character is disabled. This book is so important because rather than focusing on the disability itself
Protest to end ‘child holiday hunger’ at Romsey Tory MP’s office

Protest to end ‘child holiday hunger’ at Romsey Tory MP’s office

by Melodie Walter. Campaigners left empty plates outside the office of Romsey and Southampton North MP, Caroline Nokes, after she voted against free school meals. A number of protestors from the local Labour party members, teachers and residents left 50 empty plates outside of her office, in the Market Place, posting ten of them through
A Spooktacular St Denys

A Spooktacular St Denys

Residents of St Denys, Southampton, are being asked to join in a spooktacular pumpkin carving event for Halloween. Kids, young and old are being encouraged to put up spooky artwork and pictures in front windows as well as carve pumpkins in time for Halloween. Anyone can join in by posting pictures of their achievements on
Why Gender Identity Matters in 2020 at the Chrysalis conference

Why Gender Identity Matters in 2020 at the Chrysalis conference

This year’s Chrysalis  annual conference will be online ‘live’ on November 27. The Hampshire charity supports transgender and questioning people, and their families and close friends. This year’s event will have speakers, discussion groups and opportunities to meet people who can inspire, educate and inform you about ‘Why Gender Identity Matters in 2020’ (Authenticity is
End SARS protest held in Southampton in solidarity with the people of Nigeria

End SARS protest held in Southampton in solidarity with the people of Nigeria

by Sally Churchward. Activists gathered in Southampton Guildhall Square yesterday (October 24) to protest against police brutality in Nigeria. The demonstration was called to protest against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. The event was held in solidarity with protests that have been held against the unit over the past fortnight in Lagos,
Friends of Freemantle Lake Park see a massive boost thanks to a local church

Friends of Freemantle Lake Park see a massive boost thanks to a local church

You never know where a friendly chat might lead to. After a conversation over a garden wall between a local resident Kat Smith and the treasurer of Christchurch Freemantle, Will Green, the church agreed to donate £5000 towards play equipment for Freemantle Lake Park in Southampton. Friends of Freemantle lake Park have been working with
Citizens Advice Southampton seeking people refused a tenancy because they’re in receipt of benefits

Citizens Advice Southampton seeking people refused a tenancy because they’re in receipt of benefits

New research conducted by Citizens Advice Southampton has revealed the almost impossible task of finding a home for those on low incomes.  Of 135 rental properties advertised on a popular website, just 14 said that they would accept tenants on benefits – highlighting the difficulties facing many prospective tenants in the Southampton and surrounding area.
Anti-racism rally in Southampton following racially motivated attack

Anti-racism rally in Southampton following racially motivated attack

by Sally Churchward. Local people took to the streets yesterday (October 13, 2020) in an anti racism protest. The rally was held in response to what police believe was a racially motivated attack in which a man was stabbed and a woman was injured, last week. The incident took place last night Thursday, when a
Southampton Trades Union Council to hold rally to defend local jobs and services

Southampton Trades Union Council to hold rally to defend local jobs and services

Southampton and South West Hampshire Trades Union Council is holding a rally next month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesperson said: “The event will be a demonstration and rally for workers and students to say loudly and clearly that we will not be forced to pay for the costs of the coronavirus pandemic.
Newly launched ‘Hello Southampton’ needs  volunteers for check-in calls to vulnerable

Newly launched ‘Hello Southampton’ needs volunteers for check-in calls to vulnerable

A Southampton charity working towards eradicating loneliness and isolation has launched a new telephone service with Social Care in Action (SCiA) and Southampton University to help support the city’s vulnerable. Communicare recently officially unveiled its ‘Hello Southampton’ telephone support service, which offers regular scheduled phone calls up to five times a week to isolated or
‘a space’ arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

‘a space’ arts receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Southampton based arts charity ‘a space’ arts has been awarded £216,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today. ‘a space’ arts is one of 1,385 cultural and creative
FEPOW 75:  Far East Prisoners of War – 75th anniversary 

FEPOW 75: Far East Prisoners of War – 75th anniversary 

by Roger Townsend. On the wet and dreary morning of 7 October 1945 the P&O liner SS Corfu docked in Southampton, the first of an armada of ships to bring almost 40,000 former Far East Prisoners of War back to the Southampton and Liverpool, after years of privation and suffering in South East Asia during
Face of Britain at Southampton City Art Gallery

Face of Britain at Southampton City Art Gallery

Face of Britain, curated by Nahem Shoa, is an exhibition of portraits by outstanding artists who have painted British individuals from the 17th century to the present day. At its heart is a selection of Shoa’s own striking oil paintings of black and mixed race sitters. Running at Southampton City Art Gallery from tomorrow (September
Join Southampton author Craig Jordan-Baker online to hear about his debut novel

Join Southampton author Craig Jordan-Baker online to hear about his debut novel

Southampton’s independent radical bookshop, October Books, is hosting local author Craig Jordan-Baker to talk about his darkly comedic debut novel The Naucillans. You can read a review of the novel here. The event will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 7pm, via Zoom. Register via Eventbrite to attend. Welcome to the world of The Nacullians,
Theatre Royal Winchester’s Survival Appeal gets a boost from Winchester Musicals and Operatic Society

Theatre Royal Winchester’s Survival Appeal gets a boost from Winchester Musicals and Operatic Society

The Survival Fundraising Appeal of Play to the Crowd – the arts and education charity which runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers – has received a boost from of Winchester Musicals and Operatic Society (WMOS) with a £5,000 contribution to the campaign. Suzanne Hall, Chair of WMOS said: “Winchester Musical Opera Society have
Southampton’s Boat Shows, due to open tomorrow, cancelled due to Covid 19

Southampton’s Boat Shows, due to open tomorrow, cancelled due to Covid 19

Southampton City Council has tonight (10/9/20) announced that the city’s Boat Shows, due to open tomorrow, have been cancelled. Both shows were due to run from tomorrow until September 20. Southampton City Council issued the following statement: “The Ocean Village Boat Show 2020 and Boats 2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Limited, due to
Southampton’s new online music archive

Southampton’s new online music archive

by Geoff Wall. Stick It In Your Ear (SIIYE) has just launched an online archive of  local music originally recorded on originally recorded on reel to reel tapes and published on cassette in the 1980s. Southampton-based SIIYE started life in the 1980s as a magazine, rather like a catalogue, that described and gave details about
With 9,000 Southampton households at risk of eviction, Citizens Advice Southampton launches crowdfunding campaign to help families facing coronavirus housing crisis

With 9,000 Southampton households at risk of eviction, Citizens Advice Southampton launches crowdfunding campaign to help families facing coronavirus housing crisis

Citizens Advice Southampton has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help people across the city at risk of eviction and homelessness because of the coronavirus crisis. The past few months have been particularly challenging for people who are renting their homes. Giving up work to care for a loved one, being furloughed, a reduction in hours
Southampton Pride – but not as we know it

Southampton Pride – but not as we know it

by Charlie Hislop. It’s Southampton Pride weekend!  It’s August! It’s Bank Holiday! It’s Southampton Pride – but not as we know it. With no outdoor events allowed this summer, Southampton Pride Digital is an afternoon on Facebook live, followed by a not-so-traditional after party, and a full-day Voice FM Pride takeover.   The on-line Pride Digital
Winchester Rotary supports theatre’s survival appeal

Winchester Rotary supports theatre’s survival appeal

The Survival Fundraising Appeal of Play to the Crowd – the arts and education charity which runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers – this week received a boost from of Winchester Rotary as they contributed £2,000 to the campaign. Deryck Newland, Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous contribution to our
John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape at Southampton City Art Gallery

John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape at Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery is currently present a retrospective by the acclaimed British painter John Hitchens. Running until October 3, Aspects of Landscape, features more than fifty works spanning almost six decades and charts the artist’s journey from descriptive to a unique form of abstract painting.  Hitchens first came to public prominence in the 1960s
Those on low incomes struggle to find homes in Southampton, research shows

Those on low incomes struggle to find homes in Southampton, research shows

New research conducted by Citizens Advice Southampton has revealed the almost impossible task of finding a home for those on low incomes.  Of 135 rental properties advertised on a popular website, just 14 said that they would accept tenants on benefits – highlighting the difficulties facing many prospective tenants in the Southampton and surrounding area. 
Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

by Ben Biddell. ‘Together: An anthology from the COVID-19 pandemic’, is a true collection of the many voices of humanity during the hard time that has been and still is in 2020, curated by Dutch researcher Dr Pauldy Otermans and social educationist Dev Aditya from London. The 444-page book, which  is currently available in  in
Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

by Charlie Hislop. Covid-19 Lockdown has affected everyone differently. Some people thrived, some struggled, some worked and some people wrote about it. And someone decided to collect some of that into a book. Lock Write Down is a poetry anthology curated by Robyn Hislop, produced as a way of raising money for charity – Black
Southampton parent produces books to help children deal with worries

Southampton parent produces books to help children deal with worries

by Frances Churchward. Sarah Horsfall is a Southampton mother with two children who attend a local primary school. She has recently produced a series of books, The Owlbert Series, published by Tricorn Books written in rhyme, for primary aged children. Sarah explains why she decided to write the books: “There have been several times during my time
Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

by Sally Churchward. THE owners of a small Hampshire business are suffering a torrent of abusive calls, messages and reviews after irate social media users have mistaken them for a company in San Francisco. A video of the British CEO of San Francisco tech company Solid8, Michael Lofthouse, has gone viral on social media this
Charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair needs £225,000 to survive

Charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair needs £225,000 to survive

by Sally Churchward. The arts and education charity, Play to the Crowd which runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers, has today announced that it needs to raise £225,000 by the end of September in order to survive beyond the Covid crisis.  The news comes the day after it was announced that Nuffield Southampton
Southampton protest against transphobia

Southampton protest against transphobia

A protest against transphobia will be held on Saturday 18th July from 12:00pm – 15:00pm in Guildhall Square, Southampton. This is part of a day of national action against transphobia taking part across the UK.  On 14th June 2020, the Sunday Times reported that, despite 70% of responses to the recent consultation on the reform
Help secure future of Southampton independent bookshop by treating yourself

Help secure future of Southampton independent bookshop by treating yourself

Southampton’s radical bookshop October Books, has launched a crowdfunder like no other – this promises a 100% return to all who contribute. The folks at October Books are encouraging the public to buy October Books vouchers via a crowdfunding campaign in order to keep the tills ringing until they can open their doors once more.
Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Led by arts organisation, ’a space’ arts, Homemade Mango Chutney is a virtual exhibition of new work by graduate artists in Southampton.  Previously titled Mango Chutney, the exhibition was originally intended to showcase the work of ten artists who currently occupy studio spaces at the Alfred Arcade and the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road.
Southampton Woodcraft Folk continue online

Southampton Woodcraft Folk continue online

Southampton Woodcraft Folk has a group for young people aged six to nine (plus siblings) which normally meets one Saturday a month at the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common. The group began in October 2019 and is small but growing, and warmly welcomes new members.  The meetings at the Hawthorns have been suspended during the
Preview: Murder mystery online event

Preview: Murder mystery online event

Southampton events company Murderedformoney has gone online. They are offering online seven day comedy crime challenges to be solved from the comfort of your sofa. Their next event, Death by Diamond, launches on Tuesday, May 5, offering seven days of comedy chaos and murderous mayhem. Smoothgreens golf course diamond club are hosting a charity fundraising
The Children’s Isolation Book Project

The Children’s Isolation Book Project

EDITED: New deadline, updated to state 1st June 2020. by Chris Richards. May Day! May Day! Juliette Jones: Editorial Services are compiling a book of stories written by our children and the closing date is approaching fast! Juliette Jones is a wonderful woman with a name reminiscent of a Marvel superhero! Working from home while
Can you help the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund

Can you help the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund

by Sally Churchward. Almost £60,000 has been donated to the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund since it was launched on Friday, but more funds are urgently needed to help fight the deadly disease. Researchers from the university are currently trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID19 in those most at risk. Engineers and medical
International Women’s Day events in Southampton

International Women’s Day events in Southampton

With International Women’s Day taking place  on Sunday, March 8, a number of special events are taking place across Southampton. These include a Phenomenal Women event being held on Sunday at the Studio Theatre at NST Southampton. The event will feature a number of inspirational speakers: Sylvia Mac, a child burn survivor, campaigner and founder
Funding boost for group for young people in Weston, Southampton

Funding boost for group for young people in Weston, Southampton

YOUNG people from Southampton can attend a group to help them develop a positive attitude and approach to life thanks to new funding. Weston Church Youth Project (WCYP) has been given £5,000 from The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and will receive funds from The Co-op Community Fund for its Resilient Kids
Event: There is no Planet B, Southampton University

Event: There is no Planet B, Southampton University

by Chris Richards. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE CURRENT CONCERNS OVER COVID-19, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. If you have applied for tickets, you will receive an email directly. There is no Planet B Sat, 14 March 2020. 19:00 – 20:30. University of Southampton, Highfield Campus Ask the experts! An interactive panel will discuss the human
Southampton Seed Swap – what’s it all about?

Southampton Seed Swap – what’s it all about?

by Sally Churchward. Now in its 15th year, Southampton Seed Swap takes place on Sunday, March 1. But what’s it all about? Do you have to have seeds to trade, and what is the purpose of it? Southampton Seed Swap is a community seed swapping, gardening and environmental living event, aimed at helping to build
Southampton charity wins substantial National Lottery grant

Southampton charity wins substantial National Lottery grant

Friends of St. James’ Park has been awarded a five year grant from the National Lottery Funding. The Shirley-based charity has been recognised for its community enrichment. Friends of St. James’ Park is celebrating after being awarded the grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue their successful work with the community and their
Southampton’s aspace announces new chair of trustees

Southampton’s aspace announces new chair of trustees

Southampton based arts organisation ‘a space’ arts have just announced the appointment of Marilyn Scott as the new Chair of the board of Trustees. Marilyn has taken up the role alongside her work as Director of The Lightbox in Woking, which won the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2008.  Marilyn has just been
Generous Southampton shoppers donate trolley-fulls to food bank

Generous Southampton shoppers donate trolley-fulls to food bank

by Sally Churchward A collection for a Southampton food bank saw generous shoppers donate more than 18 crates of food to help those in need last week. One couple even donated an entire trolley full of food to the collection for Southampton City Mission, which was held on December 23. Meanwhile, cash donations from shoppers
BBC confirms that Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson debate will not be held in Southampton

BBC confirms that Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson debate will not be held in Southampton

by Sally Churchward. The BBC has confirmed that the televised leaders’ debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson, which was scheduled to take place in Southampton tomorrow (December 6) has been moved to an undisclosed location. In a statement, they said: “The programme will no longer be held in Southampton because of operational reasons. We
Sponsor a tree of light this Christmas to help good neighbours charity

Sponsor a tree of light this Christmas to help good neighbours charity

You can sponsor a light on the Tree of Light in memory of a loved one or special cause this Christmas time. Good neighbours charity Communicare in Southampton, which aims to eradicate loneliness, are delighted that the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Peter Baillie, will be switching on their Tree of Light lights this year. All
Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn tweets it

Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn tweets it

by Sally Churchward. A video of Southampton binman Simon Cotton has gone viral after it was shared on social media by Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell earlier today (December 2). Within an hour of being shared by the Labour Party leader, views of the video had shot up to more than 300,000. The
Breaking – Southampton BBC Leaders Debate believed to be moving to Maidstone

Breaking – Southampton BBC Leaders Debate believed to be moving to Maidstone

Breaking News… In-Common has received information that the leader’s debate scheduled to take place in Southampton on December 6 will no longer be happening. Instead the event, set to be televised live by the BBC, which would have seen Boris Johnson go head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in Southampton, where Labour Party Candidate Alan Whitehead is
God’s House Tower grand opening season

God’s House Tower grand opening season

by Catherine Collins. God’s House Tower – the historic gateway into Southampton’s Old Town – has announced a packed calendar of events for its grand opening season. Travel back through 700 years of medieval history, from its creation as a gun tower and strategic point of defence to its days as one of England’s most
Jonathan Pie and more at LeftFest

Jonathan Pie and more at LeftFest

by Catherine Collins. Following last year’s tremendously successful LeftFest event, Southampton will again celebrate left, progressive and environmental activism in the Southampton area – and this year it promises to be the best yet. LeftFest takes place between midday and 5pm on Saturday 19 October at the 1865 Club in Brunswick Square and will include
Pop up vegan cafe coming to October Books

Pop up vegan cafe coming to October Books

by Sally Churchward. Monday, October 14, will see the launch of a new pop up vegan cafe in Portswood, Southampton Veg Out community vegan cafe will open its doors at 10am in the community room at October Books on Portswood’s high street. As well as spreading a vegan and environmental message, the cafe will provide
Jeremy Corbyn coming to Southampton tomorrow

Jeremy Corbyn coming to Southampton tomorrow

by Sally Churchward. The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will be addressing a rally of Labour Party members at an undisclosed venue in Southampton tomorrow (October 9). The leader of the opposition will be speaking to members about Labour’s plans to help build Britain for the many and end Boris Johnson’s ‘destructive’ Conservative
Teachers invited to education forum at Theatre Royal Winchester

Teachers invited to education forum at Theatre Royal Winchester

Playmakers – Play to the Crowd’s creative learning and community engagement team – are inviting teachers to an education forum to give them the chance to discuss how the charity can support local schools’ arts activities. The event – which will take place at Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 10 October, from 5.30pm – 7pm
SO:Linked service launches in Southampton

SO:Linked service launches in Southampton

To help people navigate around the many activities across the city and to support the endeavours of organisations and groups of all sizes, Southampton City Council and Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group has funded a new service – SO:Linked. The service will be delivered by community navigators and community development workers through an integrated partnership led
World Mental Health Day social run

World Mental Health Day social run

National running group Cool Runnings UK is inviting people in Southampton to join a social run in celebration of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10. One of the aims of the run is to highlight how exercise can help relieve stress and lift out mental health. There is no need to book onto
Foodie Fortnight

Foodie Fortnight

Celebrated as ‘the gateway to the world,’ Southampton used to be known as somewhere you pass through, thanks to its famous cruise industry and commercial dockyards. But times have changed, and now it is a destination in its own right, thanks, in part, to its thriving leisure scene. There has been a lot of redevelopment
Macmillan Coffee Morning at Adjustamatic Beds, Southampton

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Adjustamatic Beds, Southampton

by Chris Richards. The last weekend in September is becoming known as the weekend of Macmillan Coffee Mornings and Adjustamatic Beds on Winchester Road went the extra mile On Friday, 27th September. Local representatives of Communicare Southampton, Carers in Southampton, Friends of St James Park, Action on Hearing Loss and Marek from Physio Soton came
Preview: Vulvas In/Formation at The Railway

Preview: Vulvas In/Formation at The Railway

by Sally Churchward. Fanny, vulva, vagina, front bottom, frou-frou, chuff…the list goes on. There are a lot of words to describe women’s genitals but, says Emma Rees, one which actually describes the whole of the area is widely considered the most offensive word in the English language: c**t. Emma will be taking part in a

Preview: Tom Gates Live on Stage at the Mayflower, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. From the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of Tom Gates Live on Stage in a hilarious adventure that sends Tom’s world spinning!  And Southampton fans can catch up with him from October 18 – 20 2019 at Mayflower Theatre. Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this
Black History Month Southampton Launch

Black History Month Southampton Launch

Black History Month launched in Southampton today with a series of events set to take place,  celebrating the influence and contributions made by the black community over the years. The city formally recognised Black History Month 15 years ago – through the work of founding members, Don John and Jayanti Shah. It is now established