Friends of St.James' Park

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


Coming Soon...!

Tue 20 Jun St.James Social Group
Wed 28 Jun FoSJP Gardening Team
Tue 4 Jul St.James Social Group
Fri 7 Jul Legal Advice Clinic
Wed 12 Jul FoSJP Gardening Team
Wed 12 Jul Couch to 5k
See Calendar page for weekly events
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St.James' Park History Book

Updated: 17th June 2017

Gardening at the Park

We hope that everyone is enjoying the late spring 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: 17th June 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, starting on Wednesday 12th July and "running" 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!
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!

Please visit our Events & Activities page to find out more, including a link to a Volunteer Sign‑up Sheet to help you to help us make this event a success!
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

History News

Updated: 6th May 2017

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: 10th June 2017

Community Work Opportunities
More community work opportunities have come to our attention.

Visit our Community Work Opportunities page to find out more!
The Hub - Second Thursday of Every Month
A new community group, The Hub, was launched on Thursday 13th April and meets once a month at the ParkLife Café in St.James' Park, offering people with a learning disability the chance to seek some advice, gather information, and to access 1‑1 advocacy support if needed. The group met on Thursday 11th May and Thursday 8th June; the next meeting is on Thursday 13th July.

Visit our Community Groups 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: 10th June 2017

St.James Social Group
The group met again on Tuesday 6th June - the next meeting is on Tuesday 20th June.


FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Another FREE legal advice clinic was held on Friday 2nd June- the next is on Friday 7th July.


Couch to 5k (and beyond)
A fourth set of running sessions will start on Wednesday 12th July and "run" to mid-September.


The Hub
This new community group met on Thursday 8th June - the next meeting is on Thursday 13th July.


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


Ditch the Stabilisers
More FREE cycling sessions for young children were held at St.James' Park on Friday 2nd June.
Couch to 5k (and beyond)
A third set of running sessions started on Wednesday 5th April, and "ran" until 7th June.


FoSJP held its Annual General Meeting in the ParkLife Community Room on Tuesday 23rd May.


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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