Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Fri 2 Jun Legal Advice Clinic
Fri 2 Jun Ditch the Stabilisers
Tue 6 Jun St.James Social Group
Thu 8 Jun The Hub
Wed 14 Jun FoSJP Gardening Team
Tue 6 Jun St.James Social Group
See Calendar page for weekly events
Click here for Latest News
St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 30th April 2017

FREE Exercise for All at the Park

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.

Following successful taster sessions, Active Nation! has also organised two other FREE weekly exercise sessions at St.James' Park:

All sessions are FREE but booking is essential.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!

FoSJP News

Updated: 25th May 2017

FoSJP Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 23rd May
FoSJP held their AGM in the ParkLife Community Room at St.James' Park on Tuesday 23rd May

Events News

Updated: 27th May 2017

REMINDER Ditch the Stabilisers - Friday 2nd June
Our friends at My Journey will run yet another FREE cycling course at St.James' Park for young children this Friday, 2nd June.

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!

Please visit our Events & Activities page to find out more, including a link to a Volunteer Sign‑up Sheet to help you to help us make this event a success!
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: 6th May 2017

Wanted - Local History Researchers
The Shirley Local History Research 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: 25th May 2017

Community Work Opportunities
More community work opportunities have come to our attention, some with closing dates of Tuesday 23rd May, this Monday, 29th May, and this Wednesday, 31st May.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
The Hub - Second Thursday of Every Month
A new community group, The Hub, was launched on Thursday 13th April and meets once a month at the ParkLife Café in St.James' Park, offering people with a learning disability the chance to seek some advice, gather information, and to access 1‑1 advocacy support if needed. The group met on Thursday 11th May; the next meeting is on Thursday 8th June.

Visit our Community Groups 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: 25th May 2017

FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 5th May - the next is on Friday 2nd June.


Ditch the Stabilisers
More FREE cycling sessions for young children will be held at St.James' Park on Friday 2nd June.


St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 23rd May - the next meeting is on Tuesday 6th June.


The Hub
This new community group met on Thursday 11th May - the next meeting is on Thursday 8th June.


FoSJP held its Annual General Meeting in the ParkLife Community Room on Tuesday 23rd May.


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


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


Ditch the Stabilisers
FREE cycling sessions for young children were held at St.James' Park on Friday 21st April.
FREE Zumba Sessions
Zumba taster sessions were held in the Park on Fridays 7th, 14th, and 21st April, and are now held every Friday.


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


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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