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Get ready for flu season

It may seem like summer has barely ended, but flu season is nearly upon us and now is the time to consider getting a flu vaccine. While primary schools offer annual vaccinations to children in the autumn, only certain adults will be eligible for free vaccination. Talk to your pharmacist or GP about getting the vaccine early and then you’ll have no worries come winter. Remember, washing your hands regularly is still the best way of preventing the spread of winter illnesses.

Have your say

We’re currently busy developing the Local Plan, a planning document that will help shape the future of Southampton. It’s your city, so make sure you have your say when the consultation starts on 23 September. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for details.

Free theatre event in the city centre

Residents in Holyrood are invited to enjoy a live theatre performance this month. ZoieLogic Dance Theatre will stage free performances of Ride (a family friendly exciting show) at 1pm and 4pm on 22 September. The event is open to anyone so pop along to enjoy the show!

Tackle damp and mould before the winter months

Condensation can cause big problems in your home, especially in the winter, so tackle the issue now and prevent damp and mould.

  • BATHROOM – When you take a shower or bath always switch on the extractor fan if you have one, or open the window.

  • BEDROOM – Ensure your curtains are at least 15cm to 20cm away from window glass to allow free movement of warm air. Open them periodically during the day.

  • KITCHEN – Keep lids on pans when cooking. Make sure your tumble dryer is installed properly and correctly vented.

  • LIVING ROOM – Don’t push furniture right up against walls and windows. Allow warmth to reach the windows and open windows every day to permit air changes.

  • NEVER dry wet laundry in your home. If you really can’t dry it outdoors leave it in the bathroom, close the door and open the window. And use a dehumidifier if you have one.

For more top tips on how to prevent damp and mould and reduce condensation in your home watch the useful video.

Finally, it might be back to school time, but children in Sholing have a new place to play when they’re not in the classroom thanks to local Neighbourhood Wardens. They have created a unique pirate ship play area in Wood Close to keep local families occupied. Send us your photos and comments about the pirate ship, or your local play area.

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