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by Barbara Cooke, Radian (formerly the Swaythling Housing Society)

You may well have noticed the Round About Café on Westfield Corner in Mansbridge. (Go under the Swaythling Railway Arch and the café is straight ahead at the junction of Wide Lane and Mansbridge Road). This, not for profit, Community Café has been set up by Radian for the local community and as well as providing good quality, home made food and fresh coffee, offers free internet access and runs a number of activities for local residents including the monthly Round About Remembers sessions which have been inspired by conversations with customers in the café.

As we know, the local area is steeped in history and it’s very clear that local residents take great pleasure, as well as a great pride, in remembering the events that shaped that history. Wonderful stories and memories about growing up in the area are often shared over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. This has prompted us to set up a monthly activity during which we invite local residents to share their stories and their knowledge about the area and hopefully find out things they didn’t know.

Over the next few months, we’re aiming to meet on the last Thursday of each month from 2pm to 3.30pm (though please check for confirmation of dates, either by looking at the notice in the café or www.facebook.com/themansbridgehub) to explore different areas of interest including the origin of place and road names in the local area, the Swaythling Remount Depot, the history of the Swaythling Housing Society, WW1, WW2 and D Day and the post-war regeneration of Southampton.

Running alongside these sessions, we’re going to be starting work on a community art project in May to create a collage representing local people’s recollections of the area.

If you are interested in getting involved, or would like to share your memories and stories with us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me, Barbara Cooke, Community Development Officer on 023 8062 8163 or barbara.cooke@radian.co.uk

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Our Open Gardens Day is on Sunday 18th May. Unlike last year spring has arrived on time this year and let us hope winter is not resumed. We look forward to seeing a great selection of gardens as we did in 2012. The entrance fee of £2 will entitle you to visit all the gardens and will raise money for our chosen charity, Tools for Self Reliance. We hope to offer tea and cakes. Full details of the arrangements will be circulated nearer the time. Please consider opening your garden and email us, tell your street rep, or ring Liz Cox on 8067 6608 as soon as possible.

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by Ray George

Angela Cotton, our street rep for Summerfield Gardens, proposed Tools for Self Radiance to be the charity supported by our Open Gardens Day. The Committee liked this idea because the charity is locally based at Netley Marsh and gardening resonates both with tools (forks and spades) and self-reliance (vegetables and fruit trees).

Tools for Self Reliance is working to help relieve poverty in Africa. Their approach to development is to focus on the artisan sector in rural communities. They work with partners in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Tools for Self Reliance has an active programme of work in the UK which supports its Africa programme. They rely on a network of volunteers for much of this work. The costs associated with the UK programme are funded mostly from individual and group donations. At the Netley Marsh headquarters, on the edge of the New Forest, there are around two hundred volunteers who help with all types of work. Many have very little experience but quickly learn from other, more experienced volunteers. They have a fully equipped workshop and warehouse at Netley Marsh. They always have vacancies for volunteers. For more information see www.tfsr.org/uk.

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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 under 18′s and £130 for families. The new season will start at the end of April, depending on the weather. Please come along to one of our mix-ins on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm, or on Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm.

Further information can be obtained by visiting our newly redesigned website www.swaythlingtennis.org.uk, emailing our Membership Secretary, Claire Buckley at sltc@swaythlinglawn.co.uk or by phoning Eryl Penney on 80254371.

Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club – Annual Plant and Cake Sale / Open Day

The tennis club welcomes you to our annual sale of plants, homemade cakes and books on Saturday 17th May at the club, starting at 12 noon. We shall be hosting our first LTA British Tennis Weekend, giving non-members the chance to see the club, pick up information and have a free game.

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Sunday 1st June 2014 10am — 4pm

University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 5PE
(Opposite Southampton Parkway Station)

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

In aid of Charities supported by The Rotary Club of Southampton
www.solentgardenersfayre.org.uk

(Late item, online only)

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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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The HCERA Midsummer Party will be on Saturday 5th July. This later date has been chosen so that our barbecue team will be available. Tennis enthusiasts will note that this is the day of the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles final.

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Spring Nature Walks, 12th and 13th April start 11.00 – finish 14.00 pm approx.,

Meet at Swaythling railway station. Walks take in St Mary’s church, The Monks Brook, The Grange, The Greenway and Monks Brook Meadows, then return to Station, or Fleming Arms (if refreshments are required).

PS wear suitable clothing for the conditions on the days, no sandals or flip-flops.

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The Gateway Building is fast approaching its scheduled completion date of July 2014.

The next open evening for local residents has not yet been scheduled. Details will be published in their Community Newsletter. These can be viewed online at www.stonehamlanesurgery.nhs.uk/info.aspx?p=13 or the latest one can be seen on the noticeboard outside the site.

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