Friends of St.James' Park

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Welcome to the Friends of St.James' Park website!

Updated: 18th November 2017


Tuesday 28th November

A Special General Meeting is to be held on

Tuesday 28th November
7.15pm for 7.30pm
ParkLife Community Room, St.James' Park

The subject of this meeting is the updated proposal from the FoSJP Committee that FoSJP becomes a registered charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with a wider membership.

Anyone with an interest in the Park is welcome, but only those who are paid up members of FoSJP have a right to vote on the proposal.

Nigel Fayle, FoSJP Chair

Public History Talks

from Sunday 1st October

The Shirley Local History Group is delighted to present another series of FREE public history talks this Autumn, from Sunday 1st October.

As usual, the venue is Shirley Parish Hall, situated on the corner of St.James' Road and Colebrook Avenue, a short walk from St.James' Park, and wheelchair accessible.
Talks take place on the first Sundays of October, November, and December, and are free to attend for both members and non‑members of FoSJP. Topics relate to the local history of Shirley and in particular the area around St.James' Park. Talks are given by a variety of speakers, including local historians, University historians, and also members of FoSJP's own Shirley Local History Group.

Refreshments are also available for a small donation.
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All talks run from 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Sun 1 Oct "Hill and Shirley - Newly Discovered Records of the Mediaeval Manor"
Speaker: Tom Olding (University of Winchester)
Sun 5 Nov "Common Time - a History of Southampton Common"
Speaker: Mary South
Sun 3 Dec "Shirley and the Railway: Stories, Myths and Maps"
Speaker: Vicki Stacey (Shirley Local History Group)

Visit our History News page to find out more!

FoSJP News

Updated: 5th November 2017

NEW A Festive "Thank You!" to all our Volunteers
FoSJP invites all our volunteers - past, present, or future! - to join us for a festive celebration of all that we've achieved in 2017, with team updates and seasonal music, accompanied by home‑baked goods, mulled wine, and hot drinks.
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Saturday 9th December, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
ParkLife Community Room

Events News

Updated: 5th November 2017

Festive Table Top Sale NEW Festive Table Top Sale - Saturday 16th December
On Saturday 16th December, St.James' Park will be hosting a special Festive Table Top Sale - a chance to grab a bargain, do some last minute Christmas shopping, get rid of your clutter, or simply enjoy some Christmas spirit!

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Couch to 5k FREE Exercise for All at the Park - Every Week!
Following the success of three earlier such courses from January to March and from April to June, Active Nation! organised another FREE 10‑week beginner's course in running, which started Wednesday 12th July and "ran" until mid‑September, in St.James' Park.

Don't forget the other weekly sessions which are still running at the Park: All sessions are FREE but booking is essential.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!

History News

Updated: 15th September 2017

Southampton & Netley Jane Austen 200 Festivals
A series of local (non‑FoSJP) events to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen is taking place from June to November this year.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Wanted - Local History Researchers
The Shirley Local History Group is looking for extra researchers.

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Café News

Updated: 19th November 2016

ParkLife Situation Vacant - Part-time Café Assistant
The ParkLife Café is looking for a new part‑time assistant:
  • Must be aged 16 plus
  • Hours will usually be 11.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays and Sundays
  • Role involves catering and customer services
For more details, pop into the Café and have a chat with Laura - phone 023 8077 9763 to check that she's in or to arrange a time.

Volunteers Needed
The ParkLife Café is also looking for volunteers to help clear tables and support the Café staff, particularly at busy times such as after school or at weekends.

If you could spare a few hours a week on a regular basis, please email our Community Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Murphy or the ParkLife Café Manager, Laura Trotter, or phone us on 023 8077 9763.

Community News

Updated: 1st November 2017

TWICS logo TWICS Award in Community Development Course - starting January 2018
TWICS is going to run its popular Award in Community Development course, starting in January. If you're involved in volunteer or paid community development work, then this is a chance to gain skills, share ideas and experiences with other people, and receive a certificate. The course is suitable both for people who are volunteers or who are just starting out in a community development role, leading to a CPD certificate at Level 2 or even Level 3 (suitable for people with existing experience as a community development worker).

The course runs over six Friday sessions, from 12th January to 2nd March (not 16th February), 9.45am - 2.45pm, and covers:
  • what Community Development is and what its values are;
  • how to approach working as a community development worker/volunteer;
  • why people get involved in their community, how to encourage them, and how community groups work;
  • an exploration of social inequality and diversity in communities.
Venue: Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, Hampton Park Way, off Broadlands Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO17 3AT

  • FREE for people who are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
  • £62 for volunteers with income less than £12,000
  • £125 for volunteers with income £12,000 to £18,000
  • £250 for paid workers or those with an income over £18,000
For more information or to book your place, please contact Iana Chambers at TWICS by email or on 023 8067 1111
Your Police & Crime Commissioner Needs You!
In his Police and Crime Plan, Police & Crime Commissioner Michael Lane made a commitment to champion community needs and to work together with partners to create vibrant and inclusive communities. As part of this commitment, the Commissioner and his team are now looking to work directly with communities and community organisations to shape how we can best support communities in keeping themselves safer.

You can help them by completing their short survey, and let them know if you're interested in getting involved in developing this work further.
Autism Hampshire Autism Support & Information Workshop
Autism Hampshire, in partnership with Southampton City Council, is holding 5 FREE Autism Support & Information workshops for families of children and young people with autism, across Southampton, from Friday 7th July until early March 2018.

Click here to see full details.
Community Work Opportunities
Community work opportunities that have come to our attention are still open for applications.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!

Keep an eye on our Latest News section on this page, and our regularly updated Calendar and News pages, to keep track of all that's happening at St.James' Park. Also check the noticeboards at St.James' Park - by the SE and NW Entrances and outside the ParkLife Café.

Latest News

Updated: 9th November 2017

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 7th November - the next meeting is on Tuesday 21st November.


Special General Meeting
FoSJP is holding an SGM to discuss its future, at the ParkLife Community Room on Tuesday 28th November.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 3rd November - the next is on Friday 1st December.


Autumn History Talks
The second of this Autumn's History Talks was on Sunday 5th November - the final talk is on Sunday 3rd December.


Festive "Thank You!" Event
FoSJP is holding a special event for our volunteers - past, present, and future - on Saturday 9th December.


The Hub
This group met again on Thursday 9th November - the next meeting is on Thursday 12th December.


Festive Table Top Sale
FoSJP is holding a special festive Table Top Sale at St.James' Park on Saturday 16th December.


Outdoor Fitness Bootcamp
ParkLives organised a series of FREE fitness bootcamps - at St.James' Park on several Tuesdays in October.
Try Tennis
ParkLives organised a series of FREE tennis sessions at St.James' Park on several Thursdays in October.
Table Top Sale
St.James' Park hosted another outdoor Table Top Sale on Sunday 8th October.


Visit our News page to catch up on news and events in and around the Park over the last few months.

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