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DESCRIPTIONThe latest newsletter from the NBSP Portswood Community Group
83-95 Derby Road southampton tel: 023 8022 0914174 Portswood road, Southampton tel: 023 8067 1177
This issue is sponsored and support by International FoodsIndian Food • Oriental Food • European Food • Arabian Food • North African Food • American & South American Food
for more local information visit our website: www.nbspcg.org.uk
Issue 3 of our newsletter, the communitygroup was awarded the full grant from theUniversity of Southampton activecommunity grant to help with theredevelopment of the picnic area. Sincethen we have had more good news, wehave been awarded the full greenier grantas well to help with our project.The Community Group has meet withrepresentative from Southampton CityCouncil and the final design for the newpicnic area has been agreed. As well as toplan the different stages of the project.
Southampton City Council has startedundertaking all the mechanical work inregards to the project. Once this has beenachieved the community group andvolunteers will be able to get involved in thevarious stages of the project from planting,turfing, shaping the new beds etc. This willstart in the next few weeks, so if there areany volunteers able to help work on thisproject please email Raf [email protected].
The benefits of Southampton University Students
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this issueGuerrilla Gardening - 1st Dig Northcote Road
NBSP – Committee & Residents Meeting
The Drummond Arms - under new management
NBSP - Summer Event 2010
Portswood on the web
Recreation Ground - Picnic Area Project
The newsletter is producedevery two months andaimed at keeping everyoneinformed of what ishappening in our localarea. The constitutedNSBP Community Groupwill be working to achievemaximum benefits for localresidents from thecommunity garden and willfeed back regular updatesto the local community.Also we shall be workingalongside the City Counciland Police with regard toany other projects toimprove the area
Raf PersaudNBSP Community Group
All memberships’ fee or donations will go towards helping with activities to improve our local area,newsletter and any bbq/social events to be held. The community group is a constituted non profitorganisation funded by donations or grants. Our aims are to Is to enhance the quality of urbanlife and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining a community garden that willfoster environmental stewardship, horticultural education, rejuvenation, recreation and use ofopen space. Also improving the area we live in and the wider area of Portswood.
I/we would like to join membership of the NBSP Community Group and enclosed thesubscription of £2.00 (one subscription covers all members of the household).
Name (s) of Member............................................................................................................................
Postcode(please include) .............................................. Tel No ....................................................
Email Address ................................................................ Date ......................................................
I/we have enclosed membership fee of £2.00 or a voluntary donation of ......................................
This form together with the subscription, should be sent or if by hand to The Secretary, NBSPCommunity Group, 9 Northcote Road, Portswood, Southampton, SO17 3AH. Cheques shouldbe made payable to NBSP Community Group. Please do not sent cash through the royal mailpost as it may get lost.
Portswood Recreation GroundPicnic Area Project
Membership Application FormN
Many people associate students with heavydrinking and watching lots of day time TV, theshocking images of a student urinating on awar memorial last November, or perhapsthey imagine people like Rick and Vivianplayed by Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson inThe Young Ones. What students aren’t generally associated with isvolunteering, arts, community engagement orenvironmental action; and yet as well as 180student societies, 80 sports clubs, and around£30,000 being raised for charity by SouthamptonUniversity students each year there are over1000 students signed up to hear aboutopportunities to participate in CommunityVolunteering. The Community Volunteeringdepartment is a joint endeavour between theUniversity and Students’ Union reflecting not onlyour commitment to volunteering but how muchour students want to give their time to helpothers. While most students see the personalbenefit of volunteering they are far moreinterested in helping others. One student said oftheir reasons for volunteering; “it’s a way of tryingsomething you wouldn’t normally do. You getvaluable experience that you can apply to otherareas of your life as well as gaining a great senseof achievement while helping other people.” If you want to see all this good work for yourselfand meet some of the people who make ithappen then come along to our ‘May Festival’ on
Saturday the 1st of May. Held at Highfieldcampus there will be interactive workshops,bands, games, rides, music arts and crafts andmuch much more! We’d love to see you there!
Sophie Paterson, VP Welfare and SocietiesSouthampton University Students’ Union
Visit Portswood’s local website today!C o m m u n i t y n e w s f o r P o r t s w o o d & n e a r b y a r e a s
w w w. p o r t s w o o d . i n f onews • history • events • community • business • and much more!
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All the above offers areconditional upon production of acurrent NBSP membership cardat the time
A new Guerrilla Gardening group inSouthampton teamed up with localresidents to do their first dig in Portswoodon Monday 15th February. Around 15members, some of whom are students fromthe University of Southampton’s GreenAction Society and around 15 residents metup opposite the Drummond Arms onWelbeck Avenue to cultivate a long ignoredpatch of council land. The patch chosen forthe first dig lies in the NBSP CommunityGroup area.
Guerrilla gardening is the growingmovement of people who want to improvetheir local environment and community bygardening on idle public land that localbodies have abandoned or have neglected.It is hoped that this act of taking back a partof the local environment, improving andmaintaining it will show the council that theresidents are serious about improving thearea through the community garden.
The Guerrilla Gardening group havepromised to return to the site, as well astake on other local plots and encouragepeople from across the city to do likewisein their local community. David McKay -extract from original article ‘GuerrillaGardeners begin campaign in Portswood’in The Dolphin’s Blowhole
The NBSP Community group is in theprocess of working with Southampton CityCouncil (area team) and the local residentson maintaining the work that guerrillagardening group have started.
Raf PersaudNBSP Community Group
We are in the process of organising oursummer charity event in conjunction withSouthampton Sight, a local charity workingwith partially sighted and blind people. Theaim of this charity event is bring togetherdifferent communities and cultures withinPortswood. This will be held in PortswoodRecreation ground on September11th 2010.
Portswood is made up of different culturesand the event is aimed at facilitating anintegration of residents, students andlocal businesses. Portswood is amultiracial environment and one of ouraims is to be aware of how we cansupport, develop vibrant cultures and thecommunity. As well as enabling people toaccess information from a large range ofstatutory, voluntary and communityservices in order to promote socialcohesion, equality and diversity. The eventis a stepping stone to encourage peopleto become involved in their localcommunity. This is NBSP’s first charityevent and we hope that it will besuccessful to ensure it could be heldevery year.
The charity event will be called One BigCommunity Funday and it will featureactivities and display for people of all age
groups. There will be local food, liveperformances ( ranging from martial arts toIndian dancing), pet corner, magic corner,bouncy castle, BBQ, face painting, hairbraiding, police, fire service display andmuch more. Come and join the fun on thefunday. Come and help! Get involved andmeet new friends for life. This is for all of us,by all of us.
Please visit www.nbspcg.org.uk for moreinformation. Also if you would like tovolunteer to help in organising the event,help on the actual day, know of any groupsthat would like to perform at the funday oranyone else willing to help please get incontact with us at:
NBSP –Committee &ResidentsMeeting
On the 4th February thecommunity group held acommittee and residentsmeeting to feedbackinformation to thecommunity on what theyhave been doing in thearea and to find out issuesaffecting the community.The following issues wereraised:
Portswood recreationground – shrubsadjacent to the play areato be cut backThis has been passedonto Open Spaces and theshrubs have been cut backto a manageable height.
Anti Social Behaviour onPortswood RoadThis has been fed back toour local PCSO who iscurrently looking into this.
Car Parking onNorthcote, Brickfield,Somerset & Arnold RoadThe community group willbe starting a campaign“Consider your neighbourconsider how you park”.The aim of this campaignis to ask all residents to beconsiderate, when y o uare about to park think cananother car park in thisspace as well. Don’t leavea big gap betweenyour car and the next car.
Arnold Road – rubbishon the road & wheeliebins on the pavementThis has been passed ontothe Waste & Fleet transportdivision within SouthamptonCity Council, who haveadded Arnold Road tobe monitored.
Portswood Road residentsraised concerns aboutwanting another litter binon this stretch of roadThis has been passed onSouthampton City Council.
Guerrilla Gardening1st Dig Northcote Road
The middle of February marked a newchapter for the Drummond Arms pub, asnew licensees took over. Duane Southall &Kris Gardner, the new landlords are lookingto bring a new lease of life to theDrummond Arms.
Firstly, a bit about the new landlords, Duanewas born in Middlesborough and has livedin Southampton since leaving the army sixyears ago. Kris moved to Southamptonfrom the Midlands ten years ago to attendUniversity and has called Southamptonhome ever since. After leaving UniversityKris has worked in various hospitality jobsand is a fully qualified and experiencedchef.
Both Duane and Kris are intent on makingthe Drummond Arms a friendly and relaxedplace for everyone. They are is looking tore-establish some of the community spirit itonce had with the reintroduction of teams
to represent the pub in the darts, pool andfootball leagues. If anyone is interested inplaying in the local teams then speak toDuane and Kris.
There will be many other events takingplace on a regular basis, which will includethe return of the Sunday night pub quiz andkaroke evenings. There will also be manyone off events taking place throughout theyear ranging from BBQ’s to beer festivals.The aim is to also launch a new food menuwhich will include traditional home madeSunday Roast for all to enjoy.
The Drummond Armsis under newmanagement
If you haven’t discovered Portswood’scommunity website, at www.portswood.info,then why not ‘surf on over’?
Set up in 2008 and launched by local MPAlan Whitehead, this site is sister of popularcommunity site www.bitternepark.info.
You’ll find frequently updated news aboutissues affecting Portswood, Highfield andbeyond. There’s also a calendar of events,and links to local sites and a communitydirectory. And you’ll find various articlesabout the history of the area.
The site receives no outside funding and isnot associated with any one communitygroup, political party or councilorganisation.
Recent topics have included houses inmultiple occupations, planning consent forSainsbury’s, the re-vamp for PortswoodRec, and many others.
Click on ‘Local history’ and you’ll findfeatures on various local institutions,including sweet shop Strides, the JackpotCafé, and Mecca Bingo - the largestbuilding in Portswood which, in anotherlifetime, was both a theatre and a 1500-seater cinema.
Do we ever need help with portswood.info?Certainly! The more people that contribute,the better the community site becomes. Soif you'd like to get involved on a volunteerbasis, do get in touch with us. Whetheryou're a 'budding newshound' hoping to getwork published for your portfolio, a keenphotographer, or just want to publicise yourlocal group or campaign, do let us know.
Because if it happens in Portswood, oraffects Portswood people - we areinterested!
More local news, views and events for Portswoodon the web
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NBSP PortswoodCommunity GroupSummer Event 2010
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