Community Groups

Community Groups at St.James' Park

Updated: 6th May 2017

These are some of the regular community groups which meet in or around St.James' Park - follow the links to find out more about each.

All group meetings are held at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park unless otherwise stated. There is limited car parking at St.James' Park, so if you can, please walk, cycle, or take the bus.

Please note that not all groups are free of charge. In all cases, please contact the organisation responsible to confirm dates and other arrangements.

† Mondays 9.30am - 10.30am Vinyasa Flow Yoga
† Tuesdays 9.30am - 10.30am Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Alternate Tuesdays 11.00am - 1.00pm St.James Social Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday of month 1.00pm - 3.00pm FoSJP Gardening Team
2nd Thursday of month 11.30am - 1.30pm The Hub
various dates various times FoSJP History Research Group

†  Groups for which payment is required

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Updated: 2nd February 2016

Every Monday & Tuesday, 9.30am - 10.30am

Twice weekly sessions at the ParkLife Community Room. Suitable for all levels including beginners - please bring your own mat.

£5.00 drop‑in or £4.00 in advance.

For more information, contact Nuala via nualaokeefe@gmail.com or on 023 8051 2407.

St.James Social Group

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Updated: 9th June 2016

Alternate Tuesdays, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Social Group for Adults affected by Autism

If you are an adult and have high functioning Autism or Aspergers and would like to meet new people, then come along to the St.James Social Group.

The first group meeting was on Tuesday 16th February and was an opportunity to meet the group volunteers. The following meeting was on Tuesday 1st March and subsequent meetings will be on Tuesdays every two weeks.

Alternate Tuesdays
11.00am - 1.00pm

ParkLife Community Room, St.James' Park
(behind the ParkLife Café)

This social group is led by community group staff and volunteers as part of Autism Hampshire's Serendipity Social Group project. Autism Hampshire staff support the group leaders, but do not regularly attend group meetings.

If you'd like to discuss whether this group is suitable to meet your needs, then please contact Jamie at Autism Hampshire on 023 8063 3951 or by email.
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The Hub

Choices Advocacy

Updated: 13th May 2017

Second Thursday of the month, 11.30am - 1.30pm

Supporting people with learning disabilities

Welcome to the Hub!

The Hub was set up by Choices Advocacy, who for over 20 years have been supporting people with learning disabilities to have their views heard.

The main aim of the Hub is to offer people with a learning disability the chance to seek some advice, gather information, and access 1‑1 advocacy support if needed.

The first meeting was on Thursday 13th April 2017.

Second Thursday of the month
11.30am - 1.30pm

ParkLife Café, St.James' Park

There will always be two advocates providing a free service at each session. On some occasions there will be guest speakers to provide talks and give out information on issues such as transport, health, keeping safe, and much more.

As you can see, they are a friendly bunch!

FoSJP Gardening Team

Updated: 20th February 2014

Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

The FoSJP Gardening Team meets in St.James' Park on two Wednesdays each month, helping Southampton City Council to maintain and further develop the planting in the Park.

It's also a great way of meeting new people and getting healthy exercise and fresh air!

For more information about the FoSJP Gardening Team and the work that it's been doing in the Park, visit our Gardening Team page.

FoSJP History Research Group

Updated: 25th April 2014

Various Dates/Times

The FoSJP History Research Group is open to anybody with an interest in researching the history of St.James' Park and the surrounding area. Although there are no regular meeting dates, its members meet at various times throughout the year to cover a wide range of activities including:

The group also meets publically for an Autumn series of Public History Talks on the first Sundays of October, November, and December at Shirley Parish Hall. This is an opportunity for interested members to meet the group and to find out about current research projects.

For more information about the FoSJP History Research Group and all its activities, visit our Shirley Heritage Project page.

Past Community Groups

Updated: 29th March 2017

Back to Our Roots - January to March 2017

Georgia Condell has been teaching Classical Languages and History for over 25 years, and is a regular preacher at St.James' Church. The aim of her 8‑week course in Early Church History and New Testament Greek was to make early church history accessible both for those who have a Christian faith and those who want to know more about the church's history and language.


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Autism Support Group - January 2016

Autism Hampshire and FoSJP teamed up to organise an 8‑week programme of weekly social meetings for young people with Autism. Sadly, this course had to be cancelled after just one session.


Bike Doctor - December 2013 to March 2016

The Bike Doctor visited St.James' Park on the second Saturday of each month to provide a FREE bike check and repair service, courtesy of My Journey. Labour was FREE - you only paid for any replacement parts - usually about £1-2 for a cable, £5 for a set of brake blocks or an inner tube, etc.

Funding expired in March 2016, but My Journey are trying to secure funding for the Bike Doctor to return in future.


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Teddy Tennis - November 2012 to 2015

Teddy Tennis is a fantastic FUN way to encourage children aged 2½ to 5 years to get active and learn to play tennis. It works by combining music, pictures, and "Teddy Bear" stories into a totally interactive learning adventure that children love.

Although the weekly Saturday morning sessions held at the Park have now stopped, the Teddy Tennis team hope to be able to start them again in Spring 2016 - watch this space!

For more information about Teddy Tennis, please call the team on 0845 643 1173 or email them via richardl@teddytennis.com.

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Coxford Tigers Youth Rugby League - Summers 2014 & 2015

The Coxford Tigers held FREE weekly training sessions every Tuesday evening at St.James' Park throughout Summer 2014, attracting more than 50 local children between the ages of 6 and 14, with the highest attendance being 26 children at one session.

Andy Moore and Adie Smith, with the help of a few others including the local PCSO and a few parents, delivered 45 hours of free rugby sessions. The participants included children from all walks of life, some with mild learning conditions or health issues, and many who had never joined in a formal sports coaching session outside of a school environment.

The Coxford Tigers repeated these sessions in Summer 2015, and hope to run further sessions in Summer 2016.

For more information, please contact Adie Smith via adiesmith@me.com or on 07783 959044.

ParkLife Job Club - February 2013 to March 2014

The weekly ParkLife Job Club started on Monday 18th February 2013 and ran through to Monday 17th March 2014. Organised by City Limits Employment, the club's aim was to help people who were looking for a job and were unsure where to look, were worried about interviews, weren't sure what skills they had, or just needed a confidence boost.

To find out more about similar Job Clubs elsewhere in Southampton, call City Limits Employment on 023 8091 7585.

Learn 2 Love Learning Club - April 2013 to December 2013

The weekly Learn 2 Love Learning Club started in St.James' Park on Tuesday 16th April 2013, and ran through to December 2013. The club is aimed at people who:

At the start of 2014, the Learn 2 Love Learning Club moved to The Warren Centre in Chestnut Avenue, Shirley Warren.

For information about course content and dates and times, please contact The Warren Centre.

Cardio Tennis - Summer 2012

Cardio Tennis is a fun way of getting fit or staying in shape. It comprises a series of tennis‑based drills and activities played to up‑tempo music on a tennis court. It doesn't require tennis skills, but is all about keeping your heart rate up, burning calories, and having fun. Whether the ball goes in or out is irrelevant, as the main purpose is to get fit and have fun.

You can burn up to 700 calories in a one‑hour session - thousands of people have got into shape thanks to Cardio Tennis, so why not give it a go? Remember - no tennis experience or equipment required!

Free taster Cardio Tennis sessions were held on Sunday 13th May 2012 and Sunday 8th July 2012.

Throughout Summer 2012, Cardio Tennis sessions were held twice a week at St.James' Park, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, at a discounted price of just £2 per session.

When we get news of any further planned sessions, we'll let you know!

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