Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Tue 24 Oct St.James Social Group
Tue 24 Oct Fitness Bootcamp
Wed 25 Oct FoSJP Gardening Team
Thu 26 Oct Try Tennis
Tue 31 Oct Fitness Bootcamp
Fri 3 Nov Legal Advice Clinic
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 1st October 2017

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!

Events News

Updated: 19th October 2017

NEW October Sports Sessions
ParkLives has organised two new sports sessions in St.James' Park this October: 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!
Table Top Sale - Sunday 8th October
On Sunday 8th October, St.James' Park hosted another outdoor Table Top Sale.

See our event report to find out more!

Environment News

Updated: 23rd September 2017

Wildflower Guide
Our thanks once again go to Michaela Lawler‑Levene who has been recording the progress of the wildflowers that we planted in St.James' Park back in 2008.

Visit our Wildflower Guide page to see Michaela's latest photos.

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: 2nd October 2017

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.
HIWCF logo Funding News - Serendipity Social Group
In early August, FoSJP was awarded £1000 by Comic Relief via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation - this funding enables us to continue running the Serendipity Social Group in the ParkLife Community Room every other Tuesday.

The next meeting of the Serendipity Social Group is Tuesday 24th October.
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Autism Hampshire logo 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: 19th October 2017

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 10th October - the next meeting is on Tuesday 24th October.


Outdoor Fitness Bootcamp
ParkLives has organised a series of FREE fitness bootcamps - the next is on Tuesday 24th October.


Try Tennis
ParkLives has organised a series of FREE tennis sessions - the next is on Thursday 26th October.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 6th October - the next is on Friday 3rd November.


Autumn History Talks
The first of this Autumn's History Talks was on Sunday 1st October - the next is on Sunday 5th November.


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


Table Top Sale
St.James' Park hosted another outdoor Table Top Sale on Sunday 8th October.


Family Dog Show
The Dog Show & Family Fun day returned to St.James' Park on Sunday 24th September.


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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