Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Tue 28 Mar St.James Social Group
Wed 5 Apr Couch to 5k (start)
Fri 7 Apr Legal Advice Clinic
Fri 7 Apr Zumba Sessions
Sun 9 Apr Brickworks Visit
Tue 11 Apr St.James Social Group
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 22nd March 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, starting on Wednesday 5th April and "running" 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 which we're hoping will become regular fixtures at the Park.

NEW 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: 22nd March 2017

NEW 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 NEW Easter EGGStravORGANza & Easter Egg Trail - Easter Weekend
Once again, for the fourth year running, FoSJP is organ‑ising 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 will run over the whole Easter Weekend (Friday 14th April to Monday 17th April).

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!
NEW 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!
NEW 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
Table Top Sale
FoSJP held a Table Top Sale at St.James' Park on Sunday 12th March, including a tombola, facepainting, a barbecue, and home‑baked cakes for sale, to help raise funds for events in the Park.

History News

Updated: 26th March 2017

NEW TRANSITion Project - Drop-in Memory Sharing Event - Friday 7th April
Those of you with an interest in recent local history might be interested in the TRANSITion Project Southampton's Drop‑in Memory Sharing event in Mansbridge on Friday 7th April.

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

Shirley Local History Group - New Year & Spring Events
The History Group continues to organise more activities, including an open meeting on Friday 13th January, a group visit to a local place of historical interest on Wednesday 1st March, and a visit to another such venue coming up on Sunday 9th April.

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

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 March 2017

NEW 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!
DP World logo DP World Southampton - Award
We're delighted to announce that DP World Southampton has very kindly awarded FoSJP and ParkLife £5,000 as a contribution towards making our organisation sustainable.

Visit our Community page to find out more!
Wave 105 logo Wave 105 Cash for Kids - Award
We're delighted to announce that we've been awarded £3,450 by Wave 105's Cash for Kids project, to provide opportunities for hard to reach and disadvantaged young people to have access to a youth club and/or sports sessions.

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: 22nd March 2017

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 14th March - the next meeting is on Tuesday 28th March.


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


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 3rd March - the next is on Friday 7th April.


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


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


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


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


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


History Group Visit
The history group organised a tour of the Hampshire Archives in Winchester on Wednesday 1st March.


Ditch the Stabilisers
FREE cycling sessions for young children were held at St.James' Park on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February.


Back to Our Roots
An 8‑week course on Early Church History runs from Tuesday 10th January until Tuesday 28th March.


Couch to 5k (and beyond)
Twice‑weekly running sessions started on Monday 9th January and ran until Wednesday 15th 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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