St James’ Park has been recognised as one of UK’s very best green spaces

Friends’ of St. James’ Park are extremley happy to have received the Green Flag Award for all round excellence 2018/19.

We would love to thank all of our Volunteers, Friends, Commitee Members, Co-ordinators and the Council (especially Simon Buston, the West Area Parks Co-ordinator, who works tirelessly with us and is a great asset to the Council) for making this happen!

To top this off, Southampton City council announced today the following press release:

 

 

 

 

” St James’ Parks and Riverside Park have each been recognised as one of the UK’s very best green space

Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award.

Both St James’ Park in Shirley and Riverside Park in Bitterne Park have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being amongst the very best in the world. St James’ Park and River Side Park join other green spaces awarded recognition in Southampton.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Both parks are unique in character, but are similar in having fantastic community lead friends groups at the heart of their management. They work tirelessly alongside Council staff to ensure that the parks are some of the best in the world.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for our parks.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both St James and Riverside Parks to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”  

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Dementia

Dementia Drop In

Drop in Sessions for people living with Dementia

(Including Carers, Family, Friends)

Dates – From Monday 26 March (Then every fortnightly Monday)

Time – 1-3 pm

Place – Community Room at St. James’ Park, SO15 5SD

See Upcoming events for the next meeting

You are welcome to come along to our Drop-In session for everybody who is living with Dementia.

These sessions are informal and will be tailored to the wishes of the attendees.

We can offer activities such as:

  • Games
  • Music and Film
  • Gentle Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outside Activities

Feel free to bring your lunch, and we will supply you with tea and coffee 🙂

For more information please see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1761220327267369/

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Serendipity Group

Serendipity Group
St James Park, Shirly

Autism Hampshire

Great way to meet new people with Autism like you

All adults welcome

young or old (18+)

This social group is led by community group staff and volunteers

Meetings are every 2nd Tuesday (11am to 1pm)

in the community room behind the café.

See Upcoming events for the next meeting

St James Park, St James Road, Shirley SO15 5SD

This is a lovely social group for adults with higher functioning autism. The group is organised in line with the wishes of its members. Currently, board games are popular! Refreshments provided.

To enquire if the group is suitable for you, please contact us by emailing:
events@fosjp.org.uk

Partly funded by

HiWCF

Easter event postponed

Due to the weather, Friends of St. James’ park have taken the decision to postpone the Easter event on the 2 April.

More details to follow about the new event date.

 

Dementia Friends – our Local Champion!

Dementia Friends is a social action movement that aims to improve society’s understanding of dementia through just five key messages. There are thousands of Dementia Friends Champions – we’re very pleased to announce that our Community Volunteer CoordinatorMarina Murphy, is now one of them.

As a Dementia Friends Champion, Marina will spread these messages to friends, family, and members of our community through Information Sessions which are filled with activities and discussions. She’ll give you everything you need – just bring your enthusiasm!

FoSJP is also part of a Shirley Dementia Friendly Community, so Marina becoming a Champion will help us to spread the word. So please look out for Information Sessions or contact Marina on marinainthevalley@outlook.com or leave a message on 023 8077 9763.

For general information, support, and advice about dementia, please visit dementiafriends.org.uk.