Friends of St.James' Park

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


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Sat 15 Apr Easter Egg Trail
Sun 16 Apr
Mon 17 Apr
Mon 17 Apr Easter EGGStravORGANza
Fri 21 Apr Ditch the Stabilisers
Fri 21 Apr Zumba Sessions
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 14th April 2017

New Year, New You?

Couch to 5k

Following the success of two earlier such courses from January to March, Active Nation! has organised another FREE 10‑week beginner's course in running, which started on Wednesday 5th April and "runs" until early June, in St.James' Park.

There'll be one evening session a week, on Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, run by a qualified coach and designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running.

In February, Active Nation! also organised two one‑off exercise Boxercise and Boot Camp sessions, one of which has now led to regular sessions in the Park (see below).

Active Nation! has organised further events at St.James' Park in April:

All sessions are FREE but booking is essential.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!

Events News

Updated: 14th April 2017

FREE Zumba Sessions - starting Friday 7th April
ParkLives has organised six FREE sessions of Zumba, a fantastic way to meet new people, get active, and have a laugh, at St.James' Park on Friday 7th April, Friday 14th April, and Friday 21st April.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Easter EGGStravORGANza Easter EGGStravORGANza & Easter Egg Trail - Easter Weekend
Once again, for the fourth year running, FoSJP has organ‑ised a special Easter Monday EGGStravORGANza event at St.James' Park, with fairground organs, steam traction engine rides, a children's roundabout, swingboats, a bouncy castle, and more, and an Easter Egg Trail which will run over the whole Easter Weekend (Friday 14th to Monday 17th April).

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Ditch the Stabilisers - Friday 21st April
Our friends at My Journey will be running another FREE cycling course at St.James' Park for young children on Friday 21st April.

See our Events & Activities page for more information, including on how to book a place!
NEW Weekly Boxercise Sessions - from Thursday 27th April
FREE weekly Boxercise sessions start at St.James' Park on Thursday 27th April, 10.30am - 11.30am.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Tai Chi Taster Session - Saturday 29th April
Saturday 29th April is World Tai Chi Day and your whole family is invited to a taster session, 10.00am - 11.00am, at St.James' Park to give it a try.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
International Family Day - Sunday 16th July
FoSJP is organising an International Family Day at St.James' Park in July, and we need your help to get as many people and nationalities involved as possible!

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
Dog Show & Family Fun Day - Sunday 24th September
The Dog Show and Family Fun day is back! We're currently working on creating a full programme - look out here or on our Facebook page for more details later this year.

If you have any queries or suggestions about this event, please email us at

History News

Updated: 10th April 2017

NEW Celebrating Ashurst Railway Station's 170th - Monday 1st May
Those of you with an interest in local history might be interested in the FREE Family Fun Day at Ashurst Railway Station and the adjoining New Forest pub on the Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 1st May.

A non‑FoSJP event - visit our History News page to find out more!

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

Visit our History News page to find out more!

Shirley Local History Group - New Year & Spring Events
The History Group organised several activities for New Year and Spring, including an open meeting on Friday 13th January, and group visits to local places of historical interest on Wednesday 1st March and Sunday 9th April.

Visit our History News page to find out more, including a short report on our March visit to the Hampshire Archives.

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: 25th March 2017

Tesco Bags of Help - February 2017
Our Bringing Communities Together in Shirley project was one of three projects on Tesco's local shortlist for February's Bags of Help initiative, a monthly funding scheme which sees grants of up to £5,000 - all raised from the 5p bag charge levied on single‑use carrier bags - being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

During February, Tesco customers could vote for their chosen project, using a token given to them at the check‑out each time they shopped.

Our project was voted second place and has been awarded a grant of £2,000.

A big "Thank You" to Tesco and to everyone who voted for our project!
Community Work Opportunities
Community work opportunities are still open.

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: 14th April 2017

Easter EGGStravORGANza
Our annual celebration will be held on Easter Monday, 17th April, with an Easter Egg Trail over the Easter weekend.


Ditch the Stabilisers
FREE cycling sessions for young children are being held at St.James' Park on Friday 21st April.


FREE Zumba Sessions
FREE Zumba sessions will be held in the Park on Friday 7th April, Friday 14th April, and Friday 21st April.


St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 11th April - the next meeting is on Tuesday 25th April.


Weekly Boxercise Sessions
Weekly FREE Boxercise sessions start in the Park on Thursday 27th April.


Tai Chi Taster Session
A FREE Tai Chi taster session will be held at the Park on World Tai Chi Day, Saturday 29th April.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 7th April - the next is on Friday 5th May.


Couch to 5k (and beyond)
A third set of running sessions started on Wednesday 5th April, and will "run" until Wednesday 7th June.


History Group Visit
The history group organised a group tour of Bursledon Brickworks on Sunday 9th April.


Table Top Sale
FoSJP organised a Table Top Sale at St.James' Park on Sunday 12th March.


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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