Sunday 31st May 2015, 10am – 4pm

University of Southampton Sports Grounds
Wide Lane,

(Junction 5 M27, opposite Southampton Parkway Station)

Admission (including programme): Adult £5.00 Children (under 14 Years) Free

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21 April 2015

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Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club is a small and friendly LTA affiliated tennis club with two well maintained grass courts located in the corner of the lower green in Ethelburt Avenue. We welcome beginners and juniors as well as more experienced players.

Fees are £65 (£60 before 31 May) for adults, £20 for juniors under 18, and £130 for families.

The new season starts on 25 April. Please come along to one of our mix-ins on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 pm, or on Saturday afternoon from 2.30 pm.

Further information can be obtained by visiting our website, emailing our membership secretary, Claire Buckley, at or by phoning John Green on 8067 1016.

Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club welcomes you to our annual sale of plants and home made cakes on Saturday 16 May at the club starting at 12 noon. We will be incorporating this with an open day as one of the LTA Great British Tennis Weekends when anyone can see the club, pick up information and have a free game.

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The HCERA Midsummer Party will be on Saturday 4th July. We would much appreciate it if you could offer help with the barbecue, children’s games or face painting. Please send us an email to offer help.

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by Rosie Mellett, 53 Bassett Green Road

From May 5th – 9th, Eastleigh Operatic and Musical Society will be performing The Wizard of Oz at The Point Theatre in Eastleigh. I have been selected for the role of Dorothy and had so much fun at all the rehearsals. The show is light hearted, entertaining and perfect for the whole family to enjoy. I would love to see lots of familiar faces there to support me and the company.

So if you want to go ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ then this is the perfect show for you. I promise you will not be disappointed, so please come and support me, for an evening of musical fun.

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by an Ethelburt Avenue resident

There was a very loud party on Ethelburt this Saturday (7th February) that didn’t finish until 3am. Without wishing to spoil anyone’s fun, it would have been courteous to have notified neighbours of such a loud celebration, especially one that was to continue into the early hours. That way, people can make plans to avoid a sleepless night. There are frail elderly residents to consider, not to mention families with young children kept awake by the noise.

Also, could residents and visitors be mindful of parking on grass areas. The mud is becoming a problem and the green edges eroded.

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Did you intend to make an important comment on the Draft Appraisal and Management Plan, but somehow never got around to it? The period of official public consultation closed on 17 April. But don’t let this deter you from making your comment. It may be rejected as out of time, or it may be accepted.

Kevin White, the Conservation Officer, will create a revised draft for the Council’s Cabinet to approve.

The procedure for a new Article 4 Direction is somewhat different. The current consultation is only informal. The Council will make an Article 4 Direction and then there is an Official Consultation Period. But don’t hold your breath, if you are expecting any changes to come from the consultation.

If you have made a submission, it would be helpful to send a copy of your submission to the HCERA mailbox.

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The time has come round again when street reps will be calling to collect the annual subscription of £4 per house and, in Ethelburt Avenue, £30 for the road repair fund.

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A new General Permitted Development Order came into force on the 15th April 2015 (2015 No. 596). This replaces, with amendments, the 1995 order, much amended by twenty two amending orders. So at least, for the time being, there is only one place to look for what is generally permitted without requiring planning permission (unless covered by an Article 4 Direction).

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The Southampton Federation of Residents’ Associations, founded in 1972, appears to be on the point of death. Volunteers have not come forward from residents’ associations to fill its committee.

Because of the falling number of affiliated residents’ associations, its income is now so low that it can no longer afford to hold public meetings, such a valuable part of its activities.

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