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head on over to The Southampton Collective , Creative Places or Dangerous Ideas Southampton. This website is no longer being updated, as Rebecca’s community work is moving away from this domain name.

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Innovation on the High Street

Creative Places is planning an event on Friday 8 December 2017 exploring initiatives that are making our high streets more inclusive, healthy, creative and economically resilient.

This is a collaboration between Creative Places, Culture Southampton and others including Tiger yard pop up shop and SoCo Music Project.

Go to Creative Places for more details or email Rebecca[at] to be added to the mailing list for details.

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Cycling in Shirley

A group of local Shirley residents who tend to get about the neighbourhood by bike got together on 30 Aug 2017. We wanted to look at the planning application for a new Lidl on the old Police station site, and decide together what we thought could be done to improve cycling.

It was a combination of local residents, Councillors and active community members who attended our meeting. Our main recommendations were as follows:

For Lidl, we ask the following:

  • There should be a segregated cycle lane on Shirley Rd/ Shirley High St with safe crossing points across this road and adjoining side roads to accommodate cyclists as well as pedestrians.
  • More consideration to the detail of how cyclists access the new Lidl store from Shirley Road and Villiers Road.
  • Decent, well positioned cycle stands and provision at Lidl for a range of types of bikes.
  • The importance of an effective and monitored Travel Plan, making good links to local cycle initiatives and associated organisations.
  • A clear commitment to cleaner air and other environmental and street improvements.

We ask Southampton City Council to note the above measures in respect of the Lidl planning application, as well as relevant city plans and other local development proposals.

For the Police, we would welcome an increase in driver awareness activity, such as the Close Pass scheme.

We’ve shared these thoughts and our more detailed report on the issues with Lidl, Southampton City Council and the Police. Here’s hoping that more can be achieved to improve the quality of the area, including making it easier and safer to cycle.



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Changing cities – learning from others

I’ve been interested in urban areas forever. How they can foster social interaction, how money spent locally can stay in the local area, their role in addressing big challenges such as climate change, poor air quality, inequality and social justice. And for me personally, what’s the role of community development in addressing these?

I’m doing some research into what is happening in other places, so thought I would share some of this here via my blog.

Today, I’m getting ready for the Southampton film screening of ‘Demain’, or if you prefer the English translation ‘Tomorrow’. It’s a powerful film showing the positive actions we can take to address climate change. It really doesn’t have to be all doom and despair, so many initiatives that address climate change will actually improve our own quality of life. As Jan Gehl says in respect of getting our cities walking and cycling, “What are we waiting for?” Transition Southampton with the University of Southampton have decided to screen the film tonight – Thursday 18th May 2017.

A number of us involved in community projects will be at the fair beforehand, sharing what we get up to and showing that change-inspired initiatives are happening here in Southampton, right here, right now.

For me, I’ll be there with our new Creative Places project. We’re keen to show that independent businesses have a central role in this city in encouraging creative, community and sustainable activity to flourish.

And in the next few months, I’ll be reaching out a bit more, to find out what else is happening around the UK. I’m keen to learn more about the work of the Institute of Place Management and the proactive network of #shoplocal projects. I’ll updated myself on all the local currency projects which started in Totnes and Bristol and seem to be popping up all over.

If this is up your street, do get in touch!


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Recycling our cycles

If you have an old bike to sell, or looking for a pre-loved one, come to this…. Shirley Infant and Junior Schools car book sale with bring-and-buy bikes Sat 25 March 2017 10am-noon

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Bring and share lunch

Rebecca Kinge and Cherry Okonkwo are hosting a Bring and Share Lunch on THURSDAY 23 MARCH at Southampton Voluntary Services 11am-2pm.

An informal free lunch for people (anyone!) involved in community projects and their promotion in Southampton. Bring a plate of food and share news of your projects and ideas. Feel free to invite others too.

This lunch is being held at Southampton Voluntary Services in St Mary’s, Southampton.

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How was it for you?

If you came to our Shirley Small Faces#2 event on Tues 14 Feb 7.30pm at the Overdraft, we’d love to hear your feedback. Please complete our very short survey online here:

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Shirley Small Faces #2

Following our Shirley Small Faces event on Sat 4 Feb 1-4pm at Oxfam’s furniture shop on Romsey Road, we’re doing another evening at the Overdraft! Tues 14 Feb 7.30m, all welcome, it’s free and fun. Get in contact if you are from Shirley and want to speak or perform.

Shirley Small Faces at Overdraft 140217

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Shirley Small Faces



Shirley small faces

Pop in to Oxfam and join in with Shirley Small Faces. Come along and draw a face – any face – on a recycled postcard. Then it will be exhibited in the Small Faces art exhibition at Solent Showcase gallery in March and April.

Or just come and say hi and talk with us about Shirley. What’s it like living here? Who are the people who make Shirley? What creative talent exists in our suburb?

This is organised by two local residents – illustrator Jonny Hannah and community project person Rebecca Kinge. It’s all free, we look forward to seeing you there.

Facebook event here.

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Small Faces in Shirley

There’s going to be a large scale art exhibition in Southampton at Solent Showcase Gallery. Small Faces is a postcard portrait exhibition. Anyone and everyone from Southampton can send in an entry and all submissions will be included. The initial deadline for entries is 1 February, and the exhibition will be 3 March  – 21 April 2017.

Let’s take the opportunity to celebrate the creative talent in Shirley!

We are making some plans for the Shirley area. We’re hoping to hold two events – on a Saturday plus a weekday evening drop in – where local people interested in arts and creativity can get together. Are you a creative person? Music? Visual arts? Performance art? Something else? Would you like to meet others or find out who else is out there? Call Rebecca on 07968 777261 or email

Don’t forget to submit your entries to Small Faces too, and let’s get Shirley artists on the map!

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