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Interesting link of the Dr Barnado ‘Ever Open Door’ to 7, Brookvale Road (courtesy of Jim Dunstan from Southampton History Photos)

On August 11th, 1902, Dr Barnardo opened an ‘Ever Open Door’ receiving house at 128 Above Bar, Southampton. … By 1939, the Ever Open Door was located in a house known as Pevensey at 7 Brookvale Road, Southampton.




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For those who are unaware, Southampton Parkrun takes place on Saturday mornings at 9 am on Southampton Common.
It’s a ” free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you!”
It’s free to join but you need to register before you first come along. More information here!
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Nothing – it’s free! but please register before you first come along. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time




This was on the BBC website yesterday and one to be aware of:
Knife gang in Southampton City Centre targeting teenagers
Southampton city centre knife gang targets teenagers
Southampton city centre knife gang targets teenagers
The gang has made threats with knives and stolen cash, phones and bikes.




Portswood High Street is changing. As well as XIONGQI HOTPOT, a Chinese Restaurant ‘opening soon’ near to the Trago Lounge; in the previous location of the Halifax Bank, CHAIIWALA is now emerging (still in the early stages!). The Tidal Tape divides one from the other.
CHAIIWALA are adversting for store managers, kitchen staff, shift supervisors. A restaurant/food outlet? Anyone know?




Chris Zardis

Chaiwala is a café serving Indian food, particularly breakfast and lunch – they exist further north usually


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After the fire, Fone Revive in Portswood appears to be undergoing an internal revamp. It looks as though it will be a while before they open again…




Ravi Dass

I too thought the guy was very helpful


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The University of Southampton’s Montefiore Halls of Residents blocks in Wessex Lane have undergone a £12m revamp, just in time to accommodate students at the start of term.
Ageing block of Southampton flats transformed into student halls in £12m revamp
Ageing block of Southampton flats transformed into student halls in £12m revamp
AN AGEING block of Southampton flats has been transformed into student halls as part of a £12m revamp.

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Richard Charles

It would be great for the University to resurrect their property South Stoneham House! How many homeless people could benefit from the many rooms that have been empty for at least a decade… It also holds some wonderful provenance. Hopefully it’s next on their list 🙏


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