• 2012 click here to show events from 2012

    Sunday
    2nd December
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #3
    “Nathaniel and Catherine Jefferys – who do you think they were?”
    Speakers: Patricia White & Erika Howells
    Tuesday
    13th November
    &
    Saturday
    17th November
    Diwali Week
    St.James’ Park celebrated Indian culture by hosting events at the time of the Hindu festival of Diwali.
    On Tuesday 13th, free henna painting was available and the ParkLife Community Room was open for people to pop in to make Rangoli patterns and listen to the story of Diwali.
    On Saturday 17th, hundreds of people came to the ParkLife Café and its surroundings, which were alive with the sound of Indian drumming and dancing alongside Diwali‑themed crafts, marking the Festival of Lights.
    Sunday
    4th November
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #2
    “Shirley’s Sites and Symbols – how well do you know them?”
    Speaker: Dr Mary South
    Saturday
    3rd November
    Autumn Bulb Plant
    FoSJP organised a bulb planting event to help get St.James’ Park ready for next Spring.
    Sunday
    7th October
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #1
    “Plants that affect our lives”
    Speaker: Celia Cox
    Tuesday
    18th September
    Bike Health Check
    A free bicycle health check and security marking session at St.James’ Park.
    Saturday
    15th September
    Tudor Costume Workshop
    A workshop to help people convert old clothes to Tudor style for the forthcoming Michaelmas Fair in Southampton, in association with the Tudor Revels project.
    Tuesday
    7th August
    Sports & Activities Day
    An afternoon of fun activities based around football, running, and other athletic skills.
    This event was organised by FoSJP as part of our Participation Project, in association with Southampton City Council Tenant Participation and two housing groups – A2Dominion and Radian Housing Group – and with funding from Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton City Council.
    Mondays:
    30th July
    to
    20th August
    Jamie’s Playtime
    A series of free activities for babies, toddlers, and children about to start school, on Monday afternoons throughout the Summer.
    Wednesdays
    & Saturdays:
    25th July
    to
    1st September
    Cardio Tennis
    Throughout Summer 2012, Cardio Tennis sessions were held twice a week at the tennis courts in St.James’ Park, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, at a discounted price of just £2 per session.
    Saturday
    21st July
    Medicinal and Edible Plants – Walk and Talk
    An educational walk and talk to find out what plants our forebears might have used to survive when the Park was part of Tudor Shirley Common, organised by the Shirley Heritage Project and the Tudor Revels Project.
    Monday
    16th July &
    Tuesday
    17th July
    Shirley Schools Centenary – Thank You Teas
    Following the successful Shirley Schools Centenary celebration evening and exhibition, the FoSJP History Research Group was invited to Shirley Infant School and Shirley Junior School for “Thank You” teas.
    Saturday
    7th July
    The BIG Event
    An estimated 2000 visitors poured into St.James’ Park to join FoSJP’s celebration of the first anniversary of the re‑opening of the Park.
    Saturday
    16th June
    Shirley Schools Centenary – Summer Fair
    The FoSJP History Research Group helped organise an extensive exhibition at the Shirley Schools Centenary Summer Fair of the history of the schools through the ages.
    Wednesday
    13th June
    Shirley Schools Centenary – Evening Presentation
    The FoSJP History Research Group made a presentation at an evening to celebrate the centenary of the Shirley Schools building.
    Tuesday
    12th June
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The twelfth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Friday
    8th June
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The eleventh meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Wednesday
    30th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM
    Including presentations from Nichola Caveney, our long‑standing outgoing Chair, and Jan Carr, our Community Coordinator.
    Saturday
    19th May
    Tennis in the Park – Junior Tennis
    Two free sessions: Red, Orange, and Green Mini Tennis tasters for primary school age children, and Cardio Tennis for secondary school age children.
    Sunday
    13th May
    Tennis in the Park – Cardio Tennis
    A special low‑price taster session of Cardio Tennis.
    Saturday
    12th May
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The tenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Mondays:
    16th April
    to
    16th July
    Make Do and Mend
    A series of craft and sewing classes: Summer term.
    Visit our Make Do and Mend page for details
    Wednesday
    4th April
    FoSJP Easter Event
    An afternoon of Easter activities, including an Easter Trail around the Park and Easter‑themed crafts in the ParkLife Community Room.
    Monday
    2nd April
    Free Bicycle Checks & Repairs
    At St.James’ Park, in association with a Jamie’s Playtime session organised by Sure Start at the same time at nearby Ashby Centre, Stratton Road.
    Sunday
    1st April
    Family Fun Sports Day
    FoSJP teamed up with local professional coaching company Team Spirit to present a FREE family sports fun day at St.James’ Park. Activities on offer included football, athletics, tennis, dance, fun team games, a skill zone, speed shot, and a free kick competion with prizes.
    Saturday
    3rd March
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The ninth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Saturday
    28th January
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The eighth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Friday
    27th January
    FoSJP Gardening Team
    Raking and clearing the North bank by Winchester Road, to prepare for restoration of the Local Floral Nature Reserve.
    Wednesday
    25th January
    FoSJP Gardening Team
    The team’s first practical session – a “Big Dig” in the planting area below the heritage frieze, to turn over and improve the soil in preparation for planting it up later this year.
    Thursday
    12th January
    FoSJP Gardening Team
    The first meeting of the FoSJP Gardening Team.
    Visit our Gardening Team page for more details.
    Mondays:
    9th January
    to
    26th March
    Make Do and Mend
    A series of craft and sewing classes: Spring term.
    Visit our Make Do and Mend page for details
  • 2011 click here to show events from 2011

    Sunday
    4th December
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2011 Public History Talk #3
    “Always a Tram in Sight”
    Speaker: Jeffery Pain
    The history of trams in Shirley and Southampton, part 2, following November 2010’s popular presentation.
    Friday
    2nd December
    Upper Shirley Learning Community – Christmas Event & Trust Launch
    photo of Shirley Junior School choirSt.James’ Park hosted the Upper Shirley Learning Community’s Christmas event and launch of theUSLC Trust. There were musical performances – choirs and orchestra – from each of the USLC schools and Taunton College’s community band; entertainment was provided by a juggler, a princess, and a suspiciously large reindeer; fairy lights lit up the park; and free hot food, courtesy of the Trust’s sponsors, was served from theParkLife Café.
    photo of giant reindeer photo of FoSJP volunteers serving food
    Sunday 6th November Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2011 Public History Talk #2
    “Andrew Barlow, Brewer and Benefactor”
    Speaker: Madge Heath
    The life of Andrew Barlow of the Barlow and Ellyett Homes, Church Street, Shirley.
    Mondays: 31st Octoberto12th December Make Do and Mend
    A series of craft and sewing classes: Autumn term.
    Visit our Make Do and Mend page for details.
    Sunday
    2nd October
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2011 Public Talk #1
    “Art in the Park”
    Speakers: Anna Vickers, Don Smith, Michaela Lawler‑Levene
    An illustrated talk showing how memories of Shirley Recreation Ground from the 1920s onwards have been represented in the new art in St.James’ Park.
    Saturday
    1st October
    Autumn Family Fun
    An autumn‑themed fun event for all the family in St.James’ Park.
    Saturday
    10th September
    The Making of Mitchell’s Wings – Turning Testimony into Theatre
    An evening event with light buffet and refreshments, at the ParkLife Café in St.James’ Park.
    Sunday 14th August Salisbury Big Band
    St.James’ Park was swinging in the afternoon sunshine as an estimated 200‑strong crowd enjoyed listening to the Salisbury Big Band play classic tunes from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, George Benson, and others.
    photo of Salisbury Big Band at St.James' Park photo of Salisbury Big Band at St.James' Park
    photo of Salisbury Big Band at St.James' Park
    Saturday
    13th August
    St.James’ Park Tour
    Part of Southampton’s Over 50’s Festival
    St.James' Park TourPictured here are some of the guests who attended FoSJP’s guided tour of St.James’ Park, as part of the Over 50’s Festival.
    The tour focused on the social and military history of the park, local people’s park memories, and the recent restoration and improvement works that were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Southampton City Council.
    The tour ended with a welcome cup of tea in the new ParkLife Café.
    Mondays:
    19th July
    to
    22nd August
    Jamie’s Playtime
    A series of free activities for babies, toddlers, and children about to start school, on Monday afternoons throughout the Summer.
    Saturday
    16th July
    Play in the Park!
    An event in the Park to celebrate its re‑opening after the restoration and improvement works.
    An afternoon of fun activities, culminating in the Mayor of Southampton officially declaring St.James’ Park to be re‑opened after a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    Wednesday
    6th July
    St.James’ Park Re-opens!
    Not an organised event, but the day that the fencing came down for the “soft” re‑opening of St.James’ Park after the restoration and improvement works from July 2010 to July 2011.
    Sunday
    22nd May
    Foyes Corner Community Festival
    FoSJP attended this year’s Foyes Corner Community FestivalThe FoSJP History Research Group showcased Local History, and we also served refreshments, with all proceeds going towards setting up our new community café, the ParkLife Café.
    Co-Operative Group logoWe’d like to thank the Co‑operative Group who very kindly donated £300 worth of vouchers towards our refreshments for this event.
    Thursday
    5th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM
    Including presentations from Mike Smith, Managing Director of ParkLife, and Anna Vickers from the Media Workshop on our Art for the Park project.
    Saturday
    16th April
    Southampton History Fair
    The FoSJP History Research Group had a stall at this year’s Southampton History Fair, held at Townhill Park House.
    See our History Past Events page for details.
    Saturday
    19th March
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The sixth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Sunday
    6th March
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2010 Public History Talk #3
    “St.James’ Road Conservation Area: an Appraisal”
    Speaker: Kevin White from Southampton City Council – Historic Environment Planning and Sustainability DivisionSpitfire Production in Southampton during World War II – a Local Tribute
    Speakers: Michaela Lawler‑Levene, Don Smith
    Saturday
    12th February
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The fifth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Saturday
    22nd January
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The fourth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
  • 2010 click here to show events from 2010

    Saturday
    20th November
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The third meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Sunday
    7th November
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2010 Public Talk #2
    “Always a Tram in Sight”
    The history of trams in Shirley and Southampton.
    Speaker: Jeffery Pain
    Sunday
    3rd October
    Shirley Heritage Project – Autumn 2010 Public Talk #1
    “Tips on Researching the History of Your House”
    Speakers: Michaela Lawler‑Levene, Madge Heath
    Mondays:
    12th July
    to
    16th August
    Jamie’s Playtime
    A series of free activities for babies, toddlers, and children about to start school, on Monday afternoons throughout the Summer.
    Saturday
    10th July
    Bourne Avenue Street Party
    The FoSJP History Stall was on display at the Bourne Avenue Residents’ Street Party celebrations.
    Saturday
    10th July
    Start in the Park!
    A ceremony to celebrate the start of restoration and improvement works in the Park.
    Saturday
    19th June
    Shirley Infant/Junior Schools Summer Fair
    The FoSJP History Stall was on display at the combined schools Summer Fair.
    Sunday
    13th June
    FoSJP Family Walk
    An historically-themed family walk from St.James’ Park to Shirley Pond.
    Saturday
    12th June
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The second meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
    Sunday
    23rd May
    “St.James’ Park in World War II”
    University of Southampton student project
    A group of students from the University’s History department presented the results of their research on the history of St.James’ Park during World War II.
    Saturday
    8th May
    “Shirley Remembers”
    Memories of World War II and VE Day 1945
    The Shirley Heritage Project marked VE Day by hosting a “Shirley Remembers” afternoon Shirley Parish Hall.
    Thursday
    6th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM
    Sunday
    25th April
    FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
    The first meeting of the newly-formed FoSJP History Research Group.
    Monday
    5th April
    Easter Monday
    Easter SpEGGtacular!
    A fun family event, including three separate Easter Egg trails, arts & crafts activities, and an Easter Bonnet parade judged by the Easter Bunny!
    Sunday
    7th March
    Shirley Heritage Project – Public Talk #5
    “An Historical Snapshot of Shirley Recreation Ground / St.James’ Park through the Life of a Park Bench”
    Speaker: Michaela Lawler-Levene
    Sunday
    7th February
    Shirley Heritage Project – Public Talk #4
    “Having Fun with Victorians – Urban Greenspace and the Search for Rational Recreation”
    Speaker: Dr Jonathan Conlin
    “Protecting Shirley’s History – St.James’ Road Conservation Area”
    Speaker: Helen Green from Southampton City Council’s Historic Environment Team
  • 2009 click here to show events from 2009

    Sunday
    6th December
    Shirley Heritage Project – Public Talk #3
    “The Rescuers – Women and Philanthropy in the 19th Century”
    Speaker: Dr Jane McDermid
    “Charity begins in a Home – The Charitable Buildings around the Park”
    Speaker: Mary South
    Sunday
    1st November
    Shirley Heritage Project – Public Talk #2
    “Southampton in the Age of Steam and Expansion”
    Speaker: Jake Simpkin
    Saturday
    17th October
    Green Nose Day
    A fun afternoon of environmentally-themed activities, organised by a sub-committee of local 11 year olds.
    Sunday
    4th October
    Shirley Heritage Project – Public Talk #1
    “A Brief History of Shirley, 10,000 B.C. – 2,000 A.D.”
    Speaker: Rosaleen Wilkinson
    Mondays:
    13th July
    to
    24th August
    Jamie’s Playtime
    Another series of free activities for 0 – 5 year olds in the Park, on Monday afternoons throughout the Summer.
    See here for more information.
    Sunday
    19th July
    The Big Lunch
    FoSJP joined forces with neighbours of the Park to have a fun-filled lunch in the Park, as part of a simultaneous lunch event across Britain, where the local community was invited to “bring and share” a lunch.
    Saturday
    16th May
    St.James’ Park History Exhibition
    Shirley Parish Hall played host to an exhibition of historical information related to the Park and its surrounding area.
    Thursday
    7th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM 2009
    Sunday
    3rd May
    Fun, Sports & BBQ
    An afternoon of fun and sports in the Park, with a barbecue and the FoSJP Kioskproviding refreshments, and a host of activities for all ages.
    Monday
    13th April
    Easter Monday
    Easter Trail
    A fun Easter Monday trail with clues around the Park, for under 5’s and under 11’s.
  • 2008 click here to show events from 2008

    BP indicates an event that was held as part of the Park’s BBC Breathing Places initiative
    Saturday
    18th October
    Batty about Bats! BP
    An afternoon dedicated to bats and to promote the Park as a BBC Breathing Place.
    Wednesday
    8th October
    Wildflower Plug Planting BP
    Another planting session for the Local Floral Nature Reserve.
    Saturday
    6th September
    Litter Picking
    Organised litter picking and general tidy-up for the Park.
    Mondays:
    14th July
    to
    18th August
    Jamie’s Playtime
    A series of free activities for babies, toddlers, and children about to start school, on Monday afternoons throughout the Summer.
    Saturday
    5th July
    Tee in the Park!
    A fun event based around Crazy Golf and Afternoon Teas, with many other activities.
    Tuesday
    13th May
    to
    Friday
    16th May
    Parish, Paupers and Poo!
    An historical and dramatical performance based on the history of Southampton, by the Sarah Siddons Fan Club.
    Sunday
    11th May
    Wildflower Planting BP
    Creating a Local Floral Nature Reserve in the Park.
    Thursday
    8th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM 2008
    Sunday
    4th May
    A Lick of Paint
    The Park playground gets a makeover, with help from the local Police Community Support Officers.
    Saturday
    5th April
    Litter Picking
    Organised litter picking and general tidy-up for the Park.
    Saturday
    29th March
    Birds, Boxes, and Biscuits BP
    A Birds of Prey display and guidance on how to make a bird box, as part of the BBC Breathing Places initiative.
  • 2007 click here to hide events from 2007

    Saturday
    17th November
    Clean-Up Morning & Space Shapers Event
    A combined event: preparing the Park for Winter, and consulting the community on the future of the Park.
    Saturday
    7th July
    Park100
    A major Summer fun event to celebrate 100 years of St.James’ Park.
    Wednesday
    9th May
    Friends of St.James’ Park AGM 2007
    Sunday
    6th May
    FoSJP’s First Birthday Party
    A fun event to celebrate the first year of the Friends of St.James’ Park.
    Saturday
    24th March
    Art in the Park
    A celebration of the coming of Spring with outdoor Art activities.
    Monday
    26th February
    to
    Sunday
    11th March
    Fairtrade Fortnight 2007
    Special promotions at the FoSJP Kiosk to support Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • 2006 click here to show events from 2006

    Saturday
    18th November
    Clean-Up Morning
    A community effort to clean up the Park in preparation for Winter.
    Saturday
    28th October
    Spring Bulb Planting
    A family event to plant Spring bulbs in the Park.
    Saturday
    27th May
    Reminiscence Day
    Members of the community share their memories and historical knowledge of St.James’ Park.
    Sunday
    30th April
    The Noise
    Public consultation and community event to help celebrate the founding of the Friends of St.James’ Park.