Friends of St.James' Park

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


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Tue 28 Feb St.James Social Group
Wed 1 Mar Hampshire Archives
Fri 3 Mar Legal Advice Clinic
Wed 8 Mar FoSJP Gardening Team
Sun 12 Mar Table Top Sale
Tue 14 Mar St.James Social Group
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 18th February 2017

New Year, New You?

Couch to 5k

Active Nation! has organised a FREE 10‑week beginner's course in running, which started on Monday 9th January and "runs" until mid‑March, in St.James' Park.

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

Active Nation! also organised two further one‑off exercise sessions which we're hoping will become regular fixtures at the Park:

All sessions are FREE but booking is essential.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more!


Tesco "Bags of Help" - Voting now Closed

Updated: 26th February 2017

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch a monthly funding scheme which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge levied on single‑use carrier bags – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Tesco Bags of Help Groundwork

Three projects in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award, and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant, by using a token given to them at the check‑out each time they shop.

We were very pleased that Friends of St.James' Park was one of the groups on the local shortlist for February, for our Bringing Communities Together in Shirley project:

"Our aim is to involve new members of the community in designing, organising, and running events that would take place in St.James' Park. Be they from local businesses, PCSOs, voluntary organisations, local residents, or park users, it would endeavour to bring people together from the local community, whatever their socio‑economic status, culture, ability, age, nationality, belief system, or which side of the Park they live on. It would potentially give opportunities to share different culture, music, activities, sport, and experiences of life, thus enhancing empathy and understanding of people's differences and also highlight our similarities."

Voting was open from Wednesday 1st February to Saturday 25th February,
but has now closed

A big "Thank You" to everyone who voted for us!

The Tesco Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, to play areas, and everything in between.

The Tesco Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it's Tesco customers, colleagues, or the community groups themselves. Just ask in‑store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website.


Mary Smith

Updated: 23rd February 2017

In Memoriam
Mary Smith
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of our friend Mary Smith, whom many of you will have known as our cheerful, smiling volunteer who served refreshments at numerous Autumn History talks.

Mary's funeral took place on Thursday 23rd February - please visit our History News page to find out about Mary's contribution to the St.James' Park community.


Events News

Updated: 25th February 2017

Table Top Sale - Sunday 12th March
FoSJP is holding a Table Top Sale at St.James' Park on Sunday 12th March, 10.00am - 1.00pm, including a tombola, facepainting, a barbecue, and home‑baked cakes for sale, to help raise funds for events in the Park.

Visit our Events & Activities page to find out more, including how to register as a seller!
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!
Ditch the Stabilisers!
My Journey ran two more FREE cycling courses at St.James' Park for young children on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February.

If you missed out this time, please keep an eye out in case further such courses are organised in the future.

History News

Updated: 14th January 2017

Shirley Local History Group - New Year & Spring Events
The Autumn 2016 Public History talks are over for another year, but the History Group continues to organise more activities, including an open meeting on Friday 13th January and group visits to local places of historical interest this Wednesday, 1st March and on Sunday 9th April.

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!

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: 13th February 2017

DP World logo NEW 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 NEW 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.
Community Work Opportunities
Another community work opportunity has come to our attention.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
Dementia Friends logo Dementia Friends Information Session
FoSJP is pleased to support a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia. Pam Robinson, a local Dementia Friends Champion volunteer, ran a FREE "Dementia Friends" Information Session in the ParkLife Community Room on Monday 13th February.

The event was very informative and we hope to organise another one soon.

Visit our Community Learning 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 February 2017

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


History Group Visits
Two local history visits have been organised for Wednesday 1st March and Sunday 9th April.


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


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


Boot Camp Session
A FREE Boot Camp exercise session was held at St.James' Park on Thursday 16th February.


Dementia Friends
A FREE information session was held at the ParkLife Community Room on Monday 13th February.


Boxercise Session
A FREE Boxercise session was held at St.James' Park on Thursday 9th 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 will "run" until Wednesday 15th March.


History Research Meeting
The Shirley Local History Group held an open meeting at the ParkLife Café on Friday 13th January.


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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