Fastest Pizza Maker
Zagros Jaff, regional manager for Southampton and Portsmouth Domino’s branches has been named the world’s fastest pizza maker after he made three pizzas in 70 seconds, beating 20 other finalists from around the globe.
Top of the League Tables
Full marks to Southampton Uni for climbing the league tables, now among the top four in the southeast, joining Oxford in the UK’s top 25 universities. Solent University is 117th out of 130 universities.
Bulldozing the landmark structures in Britannia Road would make for 403 flats with a library, gym, work/study space, and roof-top gardens spread between a 21-storey tower and three smaller blocks.
Tribute to Long-Serving Volunteer
Communicare, a charity working towards wiping out loneliness and isolation in the city has paid tribute to its longest serving volunteers, Wes Philp, who has died aged 82. He joined the team within weeks of the organisation’s formation in 1991.
Their latest podcast series, Looking After Nature, focusses on thousands of miles of rights of way paths criss-crossing the county and the teams who keep them functioning, inc. path wardens and councillors.
Station has New Lick of Paint
Southampton Central Station has had a new lick of paint and rail passengers will notice it has a fresher look as part of a £1.5 million programme to repaint 57 stations across the Southern Western Railway Network.
Eyes Down for New Bingo Hall
The banking hall of a former Southampton city centre bank is set to become a bingo hall. The rest of the old TSB building is being converted into flats to inject new life into the High Street.
Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre and Southern League soccer club AFC Totton have forged a partnership to collaborate on new projects and promote one another’s fixtures and events.
New Cycle Routes
New cycle routes are getting into full spin in Southampton linking the city centre with the General Hospital. A two-way cycle route will have low level cycle signals at the junction of Hill Lane and Bellemoor Road.
Street Art for Soton Eatery
Artwork and graffiti created by street artists from across the United Kingdom adorn the walls at the Bangerz ‘n’ Burgerz at Above Bar, once occupied by Parkhouse Jewellers.
Homes R US
Toys R Us is being bulldozed to make for a £200M development including 600 homes, 60,000 square feet of offices, more than 7,000 square feet of food, drink and leisure venues, and open space.
Plans for King Edward School
Plans are waiting in the wings for a new drama studio which would be a two-storey extension to King Edward V1 School in Shirley, Southampton. The planning package includes sports and arts.
Plans for Spitfire Monument
The National Spitfire Project has launched an appeal to raise £3 m to build a 40-metre-tall Spitfire monument at Mayflower Park.
Todd Carty Returning to Mayflower
He will star in the world’s longest play The Mousetrap when it returns to Southampton’s Mayflower next year as part of its 70th anniversary tour. It runs from 28 Feb to 4 Mar.