Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Wed 26 Jul FoSJP Gardening Team
Tue 1 Aug St.James Social Group
Wed 9 Aug FoSJP Gardening Team
Thu 10 Aug The Hub
Tue 15 Aug St.James Social Group
Wed 23 Aug FoSJP Gardening Team
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 16th July 2017

Gardening in the Park

We hope that you've been able to enjoy the best of the late spring and early summer weather at St.James' Park!

The Park has many attractive features - the ParkLife Café, the Tennis Courts, the many play facilities for all ages, and a wide open space in which to exercise or walk your dogs - but it simply wouldn't be the same without the dedicated work of our volunteer FoSJP Gardening Team, which meets twice a month to look after the many and varied species of plants in the Park, and to maintain the Park's infrastructure, with help from the Council's City Parks team.

To see more of the fine work that they've been doing, please visit the FoSJP Gardening Team page.

Events News

Updated: 16th July 2017

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! has organised another FREE 10‑week beginner's course in running, which started Wednesday 12th July and "runs" until mid‑September, in St.James' Park.

Don't forget the other weekly sessions which are already running at the Park: All sessions are FREE but booking is essential.

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
International Family Day - Sunday 16th July
FoSJP organised an International Family Day at St.James' Park, with the aim of getting as many people and nationalities involved as possible - whatever their socio-economic status, culture, ability, age, nationality, belief system, or which side of the park they live on!
Picnic in the Park - Saturday 8th July
Friends of St.James' Park hosted a "bring your own" picnic at St.James' Park as part of Have a Field Day, a national celebration of public parks organised by the charity Fields in Trust in partnership with 38 Degrees.

History News

Updated: 2nd July 2017

Autumn 2017 Public History Talks
The Shirley Local History Group is pleased to announce the line‑up for its Autumn 2017 series of FREE public history talks, starting Sunday 1st October.
Visit our History News page to find out more!

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: 8th July 2017

Autism Hampshire logo Autism Support & Information Workshop
Autism Hampshire, in partnership with Southampton City Council, are holding 5 FREE Autism Support & Information workshops for families of children and young people with autism, across Southampton, starting Friday 7th July.

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: 18th July 2017

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 18th July - the next meeting is on Tuesday 1st August.


The Hub
This community group met again on Thursday 13th July - the next meeting is on Thursday 10th August.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 7th July - the next is on Friday 8th September.


Couch to 5k (and beyond)
A fourth set of running sessions started on Wednesday 12th July and "runs" to mid‑September.


Family Dog Show
The Dog Show and Family Fun day will be back in St.James' Park on Sunday 24th September.
Autumn History Talks
The Shirley Local History Group's Autumn History Talks are back, starting on Sunday 1st October.


International Family Day
FoSJP organised an International Family Day at St.James' Park on Sunday 16th July.


Picnic in the Park
FoSJP hosted a "bring your own" Picnic in the Park on Saturday 8th July.


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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