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This website has been created for the residents of Abbotts Barton and surrounding areas so that you can keep up to-date with what's going on.

Apart from news you can find information about events, campaigns, and how to contact councillors.

Abbotts Barton Community Group is a community association which serves the people of Abbotts Barton and aims to act as a community anchor organisation. The main areas of work for the Group are:
  • ☐ To enable residents to find out how we can make where we live even better and do something about it.
  • ☐ To run events and activities for the benefit of inhabitants of Abbotts Barton.
  • ☐ To strengthen community participation.

Big Lunch 2014
We always welcome people to join us, it's easy and free and there is no obligation to do anything! Please see our Membership page for more info!

If you should be interested in helping out at events, as a street champion, or as a Councillor's Surgery visitor, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Also let us know if you have some ideas for events or skills that could be useful (e.g. face painting at the picnics)! Read more about how you can help on our Get Involved page!

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

News roundup

It's half-term, the clocks have changed, the storm has passed, it's Halloween, and Bonfire Night is almost upon us too! What a week!

I hope you didn't get too much damage in your gardens or anywhere else on Sunday night! We went on a walk on Monday, trying to get to King's Worthy via Nuns Walk - and couldn't because of this (and by 'this' I mean the fallen trees and not the little person):


Just where the path turns right to lead into the tunnel that goes under the A33 was this huge uprooted tree, completely covering the path. It had taken down some more trees too, so really there was no more space to get past. (If you would like to see some more photos from our walk feel free to check out my Flickr album - or, even better, just do the walk yourself! :))

Have you been carving your pumpkins, found some scary costumes and are you ready for trick and treat visitors? The little Grim Reaper and Mother Witch will be making their rounds tomorrow, be warned!



Back to business!

Council activities

We've heard from Jane that Hampshire County Council Highway Management have accepted that they need to do something about the footpath near the allotments:
"The enquiry you raised has been inspected and does require action.
Defects of this nature are added to our contractors work programme and are normally processed within two months.
Please note, this could take longer depending on the severity of the issue and availability of resource which could be affected by severe weather events."
Even though it will still take some time, that's good news.

A handy site to know is Hampshire County Council's reporting site: you can report things like potholes, faulty street lights, trees and hedges and some more.

Leisure Centre / North Walls Recreation Grounds

The Sk8 Winchester group who are working on getting the Skate Park re-done had some brilliant news, they are getting a £100,000 grant from Veolia. Steve Brine also has an article about this on his website.

Winchester City Council is going to do an exhibition for the Leisure Centre plans. Hampshire Chronicle has all the details.

And Save The Rec have their own song 'Jumpers for Goalposts'! It's a good one!

Community

The Big Lunch people have sent out a newsletter with some tips; I'm already looking forward to next year's Big Lunch in our park!!!

It's not too late to sponsor Christina Hutchings from Hyde on her 10 mile Great South Run that she did on Sunday! :)

I also wanted to share with you little Jemima Syvret's story, her brother was in this article: Winchester boy completes triathlon to raises £1,500 for disabled sister Jemima Syvret

Trips to take, things to do

Have you received a booklet for the half-term adventures in Winnall Moors? Let us know whether you have done the story trail and what it was like.

Today is the last chance to go to the Westgate Museum for Halloween:
"From Saturday 26 October to Thursday 31 October the creepy Westgate will be decorated for Halloween, and young visitors will be challenged to stay long enough to complete the Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz. Can you find the scary rats hidden around the Westgate chamber before they find you?"
Anybody into Roller Disco? Seventies-themed roller disco comes to Winchester this weekend.

Shopping

Winchester-based record producer spinning a new tune: this Hampshire Chronicle article was supposed to advertise the opening of yet another new Homewares shop in Winchester - I nearly missed that bit!

Successful pop-up shop returns to Winchester for third year running: this one is a bit more straightforward to understand! :)

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Finally, let me remind you that there will be another Councillor's Surgery next week Thursday, 7 November, starting 7:30pm at Hyde Parish Hall.


New houses at Abbotts Walk as seen from Nuns Walk

Cows in Winnall Moors - who's staring at who?




Thursday, 24 October 2013

News Roundup

I can't believe the clocks are changing already on Sunday! At 3am they'll be set back to 2am to give us an extra hour in the morning - which means it will be dark earlier in the afternoon. I keep thinking I'd rather have darker mornings and slightly longer afternoons: why can't we stay on summertime all year long?

Likewise I could hardly believe my eyes on Tuesday evening when the Thunderstorm got going! It was great entertainment for my family, however for some it got serious: Lightning strikes homes in Winchester (Hampshire Chronicle).

The problem with the sewage overflow at Abbotts Walk has been resolved: According to Mrs Kan on Monday a man with a watering can appeared and disinfected the area with something that smelled like bleach. Hampshire Chronicle had this to say Sewage overflow at new housing development in Winchester and here is the final update from the Kan family.

Council activities

Have your say on setting Council priorities for 2014-17 - it's the last week to complete the survey! It only takes 5 minutes! This would also be a good opportunity to tell Winchester City council that they must keep it a Community Strategy priority to cut the District carbon footprint.

Public exhibition on 20mph speed limits for Winchester: the two-week event will be held in early November at the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall, the BID offices in Parchment Street, the Winchester Discovery Centre and the Brooks Shopping Centre (ground floor) – from Monday, November 4, to Friday, November 15.
Council staff will answer questions at the discovery Centre on Thursday, November 7 from 11am to 2pm, and Tuesday, November 12, from 4pm-7pm.

From Hampshire Chronicle: Project launched to decide future of Council’s City Offices

From sometime tomorrow we will be able to see the meeting agenda for the 'Special Meeting' set up for Cabinet on Monday 4 November. I'm really curious now what this is about. Any bets that it will be about our next topic in this News Roundup or would the City Offices project also be a hot contender?

Leisure Centre and Recreation Ground

Quite a few things here:

Yesterday's Cabinet meeting resulted in this press release: Statement on the future of River Park Leisure Centre. Here a quote from it:
"We will shortly work up some detail on these options and display them in the Leisure Centre, the Guildhall and on-line. We will list both advantages and disadvantages so that residents can question and comment.
There will be four options: new build at Bar End using the playing fields; new build at North Walls either a) using the tennis courts, artificial turf pitch and a strip of land alongside or b) using the tennis courts, artificial turf pitch and a significant part of the existing leisure centre site; refurbish the existing centre."
Save The Rec tweeted this:
"I sold the land to the Citizens of Winchester for a Recreation Ground and not for building purposes". William Barrow Simonds, 1908.
WinchesterNewsOnline (WinOL) brought us this personal commentary from one of the Save The Rec campaigners, James McConnachie, COMMENT: Tear Down The Walls – Saving River Park and also River Park decision won’t ‘please everyone’ says Council Leader

While our councillors initially presented us with plans to build a new Leisure Centre on a nice green field, in Eastleigh the plan is to build a new centre on the existing car park and then create a new car park on area where the old centre was. This might be much easier for them with some additional parking available nearby but it just shows that you have to consider all options.

Community / volunteering

Last week Sarah Evans and I met with a representative from the Scouts who is looking for more group leaders and assistants to set up new groups at Holy Trinity from January onward. As you all know it's difficult to get your child into a beavers group - because there aren't enough volunteers to set up enough groups. So is there anybody here who would be interested? You would only have to attend one of every three group sessions (6 to 7pm), but of course there are also other meetings that will have to be attended for planning purposes. If you would like to find out more please contact us via the contact form and we'll forward your name for an introductory meeting.

Winacc is looking for more members: "Live around Winchester? Get involved, join WinACC, meet likeminded people, influence policy, take action!"

Community Bank anyone? Government agrees funding for first community bank in Winchester

Road safety

Heads up: The Highways Agency will be starting work on A34/M3 J9 Winnall Roundabout improvement scheme Monday 28 Oct. Disruption possible for 5 weeks.

Things to do

The legacy of King Alfred celebrated in annual festival in Winchester: "The King Alfred Weekend starts on Friday evening in St Bartholomew Church, with the opening of the 'Re-uniting the Stones of Hyde Abbey' exhibition and the ‘Negative Capability 2’ show which is Hyde900/St. Bart’s contribution to Ten Days/Winchester/Creative Collisions arts festival."

Mums in the Know have lots of ideas for you with Half Term, Halloween and Bonfire Night all coming up!

Discovery Centre: "Fancy taking your children to a FREE author show this half term? Peter Bently & Guy Parker-Rees (DINOSAURS AND DIGGERS!), Josh Lacey & Garry Parsons (DRAGONS!), Andrew Weale (HALLOWEEN!) and Kaye Umansky (WITCHES!) are all free of charge. Visit www.wessexbookfest.co.uk for full details then call us on 01962 873603 to claim your free tickets."

Have you heard about the Project Wild Thing film? It's going to be released 27 October. A study suggests children are missing out on the wonders of nature (BBC) – how do you get your children outside exploring?

Sea City Museum Southampton: Ever wondered what the city looks like from the top of the clock tower? Find out on 27 Oct or 10 Nov on a Clock Tower Tour. Call 023 80834536 to book. Ding, dong!

Fancy a scary Halloween night? Then ON A DARK DARK NIGHT at Theatre Royal is just the right thing for you!

Curious Creatures is all about outdoor play for children. This is happening in Otterbourne so the after school events are a bit impossible to get to on time (starting at 3:30pm), but maybe your little discoverers (2-4 years) would really enjoy this!

Miniprofessors introduces your pre-schoolers to science right here in Winchester! Also from Hampshire Chronicle: Winchester mums form new science class for toddlers

And finally: Intech is no more! Don't fret, they still exist, but under a different name: Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.


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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Serious sewage spillage at Abbotts Walk and Redrow are making a mess of it!

Yesterday a sewer broke at Lea View in the Abbotts Walk area and according to one of the residents (Louise Kan) I spoke to today, sewage was covering a big area of Lea View and Mansfield Road. Residents were not (and many possibly still are not) aware of it and drove and walked through it, most likely carrying the unhygienic mixture right into their homes and spreading it further out onto other roads (also Francis Gardens). If you have been walking around the area, it is advisable to disinfect your shoes before you bring them into your house.

Here is Southern Water's advice on how to deal with wastewater spillages:
  • Wash and treat footwear with a mild disinfectant
  • Keep children and pets out of the contaminated area
  • Wear rubber gloves when clearing up and look out for sharp objects
  • Always wash your hands
  • In the unlikely event of feeling unwell, contact your GP
Mrs Kan tried her best to alert some neighbours and also tried various ways to find somebody to get this cleaned up in a responsible way but to not much avail so far.

Mrs Kan contacted Redrow who sent out a road cleaning vehicle to mop up the spillage. However, it looks like a disinfectant was not used. As the roads are not yet adopted, Southern Water (who would normally be responsible for a clean-up on public roads) is not getting involved. Their policy is to have a spillage like this cleaned up within 24 hours and also to have the area disinfected to minimise health risks to the public:

If the flooding is caused by a problem on our sewerage network, we will
  • Carry out an initial external clean-up where possible within 12 hours for internal flooding and 24 hours for external flooding
  • This includes removing excess liquid, cleaning debris, applying household disinfectant – this will remove all traces of bacteria within 24 to 48 hours
  • Clear gardens of water and debris. (Bacteria are best killed by natural exposure to the sunlight’s ultra violet radiation)
  • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and drives.
This cannot be the first sewage problem that Redrow have come accross, you would assume there are similar policies and procedures to follow.

Ward councillor Dominic Hiscock who was also onside this morning, speaking to Mrs Kan and the staff at the Redrow office, contacted the department of Public Health. Mrs Khan also contacted local papers (Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle) and Hampshire MP Steve Brine to get this spillage the attention that it needs.

While we were talking about the spillage we could see workers mowing the grass in the affected area, apparently not having been made aware of the health risks. Then a bulldozer with a special load arrived:



Its 'shovel' had been loaded with water which was now released onto the road. While this will make sure that the sewage remnants will not dry out too quickly and rise as dust particles into our noses to be inhaled, it also makes sure that the sewage is going to be spread further, as the water flowed down into Mansfield Close. If you can, try to avoid walking around these roads and roads nearby.




Update 1: please also see this article by Mr Kan for more detail - WHAT’S THAT SMELL?!

Update 2: Redrow have promised to disinfect today (Monday)! (It seems when you involve the papers things all of a sudden move a bit more efficiently. Quite sad really but well done to Mrs Kan!)
Here's today's Hampshire Chronicle article: Sewage overflow at new housing development in Winchester

Thursday, 17 October 2013

News roundup

Another week has passed, is it only me or are the seven days of a week actually getting shorter and shorter???

Over at the Abbotts Barton Community Group's Facebook page we were all admiring photos from yesterday morning's pink rainbow, here is one especially for you:



Are you looking forward to Halloween or are you dreading it? I haven't even had a chance to find out what my son wants to do this year! When we did go out in previous years my friends and I usually went with the rule that if there are no decorations then we don't ring - but of course you can download a free poster if you want to avoid trick or treaters completely this year.

Council activities

First of all, here is an online link to this month's Winchester Today issue which had the great editorial about the Council's plans to build a new leisure centre on one of the recreation grounds at North Walls (as mentioned in a previous post). And just as an aside, it seems to be the season for leisure centre upheavals, Eastleigh borough council also have plans!

Winchester City Council want to spend more money and build some more: Winchester councillors considering building new HQ

FYI, there will be a Cabinet meeting on next Wednesday (23 October, agenda available here) and I have noticed that a 'special' meeting has been set up on 4 November for the Winchester City Council Cabinet but I have no idea what it will be about (the Agenda and Reports for this meeting will be available for viewing on 25 October 2013).

Two surveys from WCC for Council house tenants:


Hampshire County Council also have a survey (for everybody): Improving our Service to You – our resident survey.

Road safety

WCC are doing an Exhibition on proposed 20mph speed limits for Winchester. "The exhibition is at four venues – the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall, the BID offices in Parchment Street, the Winchester Discovery Centre and the Brooks Shopping Centre (ground floor) – from Monday 4 November to Friday 15 November. Information boards will show the extent of the proposed scheme."

On potholes: Thousands paid out in pothole compensation by Hampshire County Council. You just wonder why they don't fix the potholes before they have to pay compensation?

There is now a start date for the Winnall round-about improvements. More in the Hampshire Chronicle.

Some roads in Hyde have got tighter parking restrictions as outlined by Hampshire Chronicle.


Environment

If you are at all concerned about what fracking could do to the area that you are living in, then take a look at the wrongmove site set up by Greenpeace. I am not a member of Greenpeace but I find it important to protect the environment for future generations. I did enter our postcode and was told that we could be affected which is not completely surprising with the licenses being given out nearby. Once you have entered your postcode you can join the legal block of residents refusing permission to drill under their homes. Here is also an article from the BBC about the fracking challenges planned by Greenpeace and another one from Hampshire Chronicle, Fracking in Hampshire 'five years away' according to expert.

Things to do

Have you seen the Nature Finder app from the Wildlife Trust? It contains a map of more than 2000 nature reserves – woods, meadows, moors, heaths, lakes – great places to explore and get close to nature. It also contains a list of events, information on UK wildlife species and a directory for all 47 Wildlife Trusts.

Starting 25 October the 10 Days Winchester arts event will be on. Please see the programme for more information.

Shopping

Grace has opened her Eats Amazing shop! Go and check it out for items that will help you to prepare healthy AND fun packed lunches!

Have you seen the beautiful Christmas cards sold at the Naomi House online shop? I ordered some last week and they arrived the very next day!

Sports

You might be interested to back an e-petition to force the Premier League to back grassroots football.



Sunday, 13 October 2013

Plans for new leisure centre and what you can do

Whether or not you are using the leisure centre and the recreation grounds at North Walls for sports, the plans of the Council to build a new centre on one of the North Walls recreation grounds should be looked at by all of us as they will affect most of us in many ways.

If you are not familiar yet with the Council's proposal please read the information provided via the Save The Rec website. There is also a link to the full Council proposal.

Most importantly: there is some chance that Councillor Keith Woods will bring his proposal to a vote at the council meeting on 6 November. If you want to write to councillors on this issue (the more the better), aim to do it before then.

On Friday (11 October) Radio Solent had a feature about the campaign in the Julian Clegg show, starting at 1:09. If you are interested, the show can be listened to for another five days.

The October edition of winchestertoday had a great editorial on the same subject:



By the way, the Save The Rec group are now also using Twitter and Facebook which for most of us are easier to follow than a website:

Twitter - Save The Rec
Facebook - Save The Rec

If you are concerned about the Council's plans please follow/like (or sign up with your email on their website) to show the group your support AND write to the Council!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

News roundup

Can you feel the chill in the air? Since last night it is finally well and properly autumn. Let's focus on the positive: what a great summer we had this year! And: I can't wait to take a great autumnal photo of the park! :)

Mentioning the park, yesterday morning I had a friendly conversation with the man who drives the lawn mower tractor. He told me the grass hadn't been cut for six weeks: he was in hospital and nobody did the job for him in the meantime! Not that I really minded for the first three weeks or so (less wet cut grass to be dragged into the house by children and also less noise from the lawn mower) but the grass got really long over the last two weeks and I'm glad it's shorter again.

Council activities

Last week we've seen men measuring up the recreation grounds, this time they've been here in Abbotts Barton having a good look at our garage blocks:

 

This seems a little early considering that Council Leader Keith Wood said they only want to build here in about three years time, but it fits in perfectly with this statement from a recent Cabinet (Housing) Committee meeting where they were talking about the development at Westman Road:
During discussion, the Head of New Homes Delivery explained that the programme should be sufficiently flexible so that some proposals (such as Westman Road) could be developed at an earlier time should others become delayed. Therefore, schemes continued to be proactively prepared with a view to securing planning permissions.
By the way, did you notice that our website now has a new tab named "WCC councillors and meetings"? Here you can find information about your local councillors and how to contact them plus excerpts from council meeting notes! We keep taking a look at the meeting agendas (before a meeting) and the notes (after the meeting) to make sure we don't miss anything that would be relevant to Abbotts Barton and areas close by like the North Walls recreation ground.

The Council is still asking for participation in shaping Winchester's future:
Refreshed Community Strategy Survey September 2013

Some action is going to be taken to get better/more bins, with some of the dog bins becoming dual use ones:
City 'needs more bins'

And just a reminder how nice it would be to have an actual community centre with a room where we could meet, in Weeke they have it all AND they even get a community group organised by the Council:
New community group for north Winchester

Road safety

Would you like your children to cross Worthy Road on their own on a school day? I certainly wouldn't and it seems children are really put off by busy roads:
School walk safety fears

Things to do

Do you like art? You might like the current artSouth exhibits!

The Wildlife Trusts are introducing Wildlife Watch for children.

During the upcoming half-term the Council is organising a lot of free sports events:
What's On - Sports Activities Happening Now

If you like cycling but feel a bit unsure about it:
New cycling initiative set up to get Winchester pedaling

In case you haven't noticed, Halloween is coming up soon. How about a scary walk around Winchester?
Ghoulish adventures planned in Winchester

Intech will soon have an interesting sounding Neuromedia Art and Neuroscience Research Exhibition, starting 24 October.

Food, lovely food!

Our neighbour Grace is about to open her online shop for all things Bento! She is a master in making fun and healthy yet easy to make lunch boxes for her son and would like to enable other people to do the same or similar things for their children. Take a look at her website for some inspiration:
Eats Amazing

Want to save some money shopping for groceries? While Waitrose doesn't have the reputation for being the cheapest supermarket around, you might have seen the flyer through the door this week: Waitrose is doing a great promotional offer again, where you can save £75 over the course of five online shops! I did this over the summer already and since the minimum spend per shop is only £50 (with FREE delivery) this is easily done - and I was very pleased to essentially get a free shop out of this! Just make sure to read the fine print at the bottom about the time period you have to use these vouchers:
£75 off your first 5 online grocery shops

And again the new openings in town I was mentioning last week already:
Celebrities flock to foodie Winchester in a host of new openings

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Councillor's Surgery Visit

Jane and I (Sylke) went on to the St. Bartholomew Councillor's Surgery (first Thursday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm at Hyde Parish Hall). Dominic Hiscock and Jim Maynard were there to talk to us.

Council house development 
While there is still some time before the Hillier Way and garage areas will be developed by Winchester City Council, city officers will be appointing architects to look at the sites and make plans.

For your information, here is an extract from the 11 September Cabinet meeting notes (which got published only a few days ago) with Councillor Wood's announcement regarding the building programme (emphasis is mine):
Councillor Wood gave an announcement on the latest situation regarding the new homes building programme. In summary, the first priority would be the three schemes already on site which were due for completion in March 2014: Dever Close, Micheldever; Bourne Close, Otterbourne; and Station Close, Itchen Abbas. Over the next three years, it was proposed to take forward another three major schemes: The Queens Head, Stanmore; Victoria House, Winchester; and an “Extra Care” housing scheme for elderly people. If additional funds became available, small sites in Alresford, Colden Common, Otterbourne and Swanmore would be considered. Councillor Wood stated that when more funds became available from 2016 onwards, schemes in Westman Road, Weeke; Wilberforce Close and Somers Close, Stanmore; and Hillier Way and two garage sites at Chaundlers Road and Hussey Close, Abbotts Barton would be developed. He stated that there were no plans to develop Dyson Drive or Charles Close in Abbotts Barton in the foreseeable future.


Play areas 
The improvements we requested (new goal posts, some extra benches) for the main park are on a Winchester City Council list of things to be done, unfortunately there seem to be a lot of other items on there as well, so we just have to wait our turn.

As for the planned play area in the Abbotts Walk development, things seem to have gone backwards: on the plans forwarded by the developers to a city officer none of the ideas we talked about at the consultation meeting in the Rugby Club have been put on there. This of course will have to be rectified.

Pedestrian improvements 
The matter with the crumbling footpath opposite the allotments is now in the hands of Hampshire County Council, with Fiona Mather being alerted to it. Apparently the plan is to patch it temporarily, then to redo it completely at some point.

Road safety
As Hampshire County Council for now has concluded that there is not enough pedestrian traffic to warrant for a safer crossing on Worthy Road we were wondering how to enable people to cross this road safely on the school run. One option suggested by the ward councillors was to get a school patrol person to help.

We also spoke about speeding cars on Worthy Road and that some improvements are needed so that people do slow down when they enter Winchester from direction King's Worthy. It would help to have the 30 signs moved out a bit further so that residents of Abbotts Walk can drive safely onto the main road from their development. Apparently, due to high speeds on Worthy Road at the Cassandra Road exit, there are a number of cars coming out of the development going through Francis Gardens, despite a promise by developers and councillors to really discourage this in order to keep the levels of traffic as low as possible on that side.

Parking restrictions 
The missing lines have finally been done. As pleased as we are with the low numbers of cars now parking on the roads with the parking restrictions, I wanted to point out that some parking bays had been painted in such a way that in theory cars can park in front of a driveway and thus blocking it. However, we concluded that as long as things stay as they are (low numbers of cars), this shouldn't be a problem, and might even give flexibility when there are visitors.



River Park Leisure Centre 
The big consultation meeting happened last week and there was a strong opposition against the Council's plans to build on the recreation ground. As a lot of people would like the centre to stay in the neighbourhood instead of moving to Bar End (a move which has its own set of difficulties), our ward councillors would like to see a proper evaluation of all possible options to upgrade/rebuild the existing leisure centre before any decision is taken by the Council.

The next Councillor's Surgery will be Thursday 7 November!

Measuring up the recreation ground closest to Winnall Moors

These men were measuring up one of the recreation grounds at North Walls, does anybody know why? According to our photographer they didn't know themselves what they were doing this for!


 

News roundup

Hello October! I can't believe you are here already! Please keep the temperatures as they are! :)

First of all, tonight is Councillor's Surgery, as always from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Hyde Parish Hall.

And now let's just go back a little to the last week of September to see what news and updates we had:

Leisure Centre
There was plenty of activity around the Council's plans for the Leisure Centre with the consultation meeting having taken place on 26 September:
26 September: Anger growing over leisure centre plans at River Park in Winchester
26 September: Save The Rec and Save The Parks / the Council's plan for the Leisure Centre
27 September: Rethink over River Park Leisure Centre urged at angry meeting
The Save The Rec site also has been updated with more comments! HC also ran an article about Edward Agombar who set up the site.

Winchester City Council activities

Winchester Bonfire
This year the bonfire will be on Saturday 2 November and for the first time ever it will be ticketed. If you buy your tickets beforehand they'll be £3 and on the night they'll be £5. More information in this Hampshire Chronicle article: Tickets for Winchester fireworks go on sale for first time ever.

Shopping
Over the last months I've been noticing a word I never knew before: "pop-up shop". There is one operating right now in the Brooks shopping centre (on the top floor) called "Kathmandu and diddly do" that sells all kinds of colourful things from around the world. Today I also read that there is a Hudson pop-up within the Hambledon at the Square (selling shoes). And soon there will be another pop-up shop/cafĂ© opening in the Brooks centre (bottom floor): a Pitfield store, selling trendy homewares. As the name "pop-up" implies, they will be gone again after a short time, so make the most of them if you are interested in this kind of stuff.

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